stories of resistance
The daCunha Special Editions team is currently searching the world for stories from the front lines of resistance, whenever and wherever it’s found.
It is our belief that resistance can take many forms, and while some of those forms can be public and vocal, such as activism and protest, that’s only a small part of the picture. We know that resistance starts where you are, and the things you do everyday. It’s about holding power accountable, standing up to discrimination, calling out systemic oppression, and encouraging others to do the same. It’s about doing our part.
We believe that art and storytelling does not simply document resistance, it is resistance. That is the reason we are showcasing your stories in a book. To inspire, empower, and inform those resisting against increasingly oppressive government structures and systems. To provide opportunity for connection across cultures and feel solidarity within a global context with others who are pushing back around the world. And to give voice to the idea that resistance is a broad term that can mean protesting on a large scale, organizing, and engagement in self-government, interfaith/cross cultural exchange. But it can also be the personal actions of getting involved; standing up exactly where you are. Doing what you can to resist intolerance, fear, anger, hate, and division.
To find out more about this opportunity, and to submit your story, click below
If you are submitting direct please include: Your name and email/contact details at the head of your story. This will not be made public but we need this for administration of the project.
We are open for submissions until the 30th of September 2017
All authors will will receive a response by the 31st of October.
- We use Submittable to manage all submissions.
- We are accepting nonfiction stories essay, memoir, poetry, photographic, or a combination of genres that first and foremost tell a personal story about your experience with resistance. Please use the word count guidelines to infer length maximum size of your creative submission.
- While you are free to send more than one submission, our intention is to include as many authors as possible, thus the chance of having multiple submissions accepted is remote.
- For poetry, up to 3 poems will be considered one submission.
- Word count should be no more than 5,000 words.
- For photographic pieces, no more than 10 images per submission, 3500 px minimum along longest dimensions, and images should supported by contextualizing statements.
- Submissions must be unpublished. This means your story must not have been published in print or online, including personal blogs.
- Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please notify us immediately if your piece has been accepted elsewhere.
- Your submissions should be properly formatted in double space and and free of typos. Poetry may be single or double space and formatting should resemble how the poet envisions their work to appear on the printed page.
- To give the widest range of voices possible, if your work is accepted, our experienced editing team will work with you to best showcase your story.
All entries will also be eligible for our innovative compensation scheme, which can be reviewed here.
If you have any questions on information not provided in this call, please include them in your submission or give us a shout on here.
Thank you for your interest. We look forward to receiving your submission.
- What do you mean by resistance?
“When we think of resistance, we think of various ways that people from around the globe are questioning and challenging the actions, policies, ideas and norms that often result in the exclusion and dis-empowerment of individuals and communities. We see resistance as everything from high profile actions of protest, right through to those individual, yet difficult conversations you have with people you know.”
- who do you mean when you say
“work from those individuals and communities that are most at risk of exclusion and discrimination is especially encouraged.”
At Special Editions we embrace the concept of intersectionality, meaning we understand that people have multiple, complicated, and intersecting factors that make up how they define themselves. Things like race, gender, sexual orientation, class, and physical ability to name just a few. We also believe that an individual’s experiences when identities are not the majority in our society, can often be linked to more experiences of discrimination. For example, a black, trans woman likely has more experience with systemic oppression and exclusion than does someone with normative identities, such as a white, straight woman or man. As such, we especially encourage submissions from individuals most at risk of exclusion.
- Who will decide which submissions will be accepted? How will you decide?Each submission will be read, judged, scored, and ranked on pre established criteria including relevance, timeliness, creativity, and how the submission fits in a book showcasing a diverse range of voices and styles. The Special Editions Team will collaborate on deciding which submissions are included in the book. Ultimately, the final decision will be weighted on how the submissions fits within a diverse collection of work by several authors.
- What if I want to be anonymous?We intend this to be a book that is representative of the widest possible range of experiences. As such, we understand and are sensitive to the safety and anonymity concerns that may apply to some writers. Though we will accept submissions with a pen name, the writer is still expected to provide their identity to the editorial team.
- Who is publishing the book?The book is being published in partnership with The Big Ideas Library. This is not self publishing, but a traditional publisher who has experience in creating books of this kind and a track record of mainstream publishing both as Big Ideas Library and for major publishers in the UK and across the world. Here is their website https://www.thebigideascollective.com
- Will I sign a contract?You will be required to sign a creator agreement that will outline the expectations and responsibilities for both you as an author and for us as a publisher.
- Will editors make changes I disagree with?This is a book that will feature several authors writing or showcasing work in different styles in a limited space, significant editorial involvement and suggestion should be expected. That said, we will never publish a writers work without full prior approval from that author first.
Our editorial team
Allan Rae is the Managing editor of Special Editions. As a public health researcher and educator, Allan uses arts-based approaches to his work training researchers in dealing with HIV, PTSD and stigma. Read more about Allan here.
Gloria DiFulvio has used documentary film, photovoice, and digital storytelling to explore violence, connection and resiliency. Read more about Gloria here.
Hana Leshner is a producer and filmmaker who explores projects on culture, politics, and sport. Read more about Hana here.
Clay Rivers is an actor of stage and screen, an award-winning art director, and author who just happens to be four-feet tall, black, and Christian. Read more about Clay here.
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