Call for submissions: Seeking personal essays about transitions

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Write for a new anthology:

Seeking personal essays on the theme of transitions. The theme of transitions can be broadly interpreted.
What do we mean by transitions? Perhaps your politics have changed. Perhaps you bought a new dog leash, graduated, got fired, moved, retired, got old, received a terminal diagnosis, became a parent, lost a loved one, had a sex change, or something entirely different.

Your essay will induce the reader to develop new insights about an aspect related to transitions. Readers don’t want words: readers want emotional and cognitive experiences. They want to laugh, cry, remember, think, cheer, gulp, smile through tears, clutch their chest and feel alive.

Be honest. Layer meaning, and don’t bore the reader. You will manipulate your reader to have an experience.

Essays will be 500 to 3000 words. Attach in WORD. Title your submission EXACTLY as follows. Transitions, Last Name: Title of your work. So if the essay title is ‘Morning Cup’ and my last name is Fitzgerald, the submission would list this as the title: Transitions, Fitzgerald, Morning Cup. Submit by May 17, 2017. Submit using Green Submissions. If you have not used Green Submissions previously, you will have to register.

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  1. Julia Older says:

    Dear Amy Lou Jenkins,

    We have been trying to submit my essays to the Transitions and Excluded Anthologies for at least an hour and have made no progress. The email we used was my colleague’s, Amazon mistakenly changed the email and your submissions manager will not accept it.

    Is there any way we can attach my essays to your email or the press email? I did prepare four essays to submit. I like the idea for the themed anthologies and your connection with the SPLC. I hope we can work something out before you close the reading period.

    Best, Julia Older

  2. admin says:

    Sorry you had such trouble. Normally you create an account at Green submissions and then submit, but sometimes things just go wonky. We’d be happy to receive your submissions. Email them using the same title instructions (so we can identify you/title/title of anthology) to Al At Jack Walker Press dot Com. I didn’t write the address in standard format so the spambots don’t drive us batty, but I bet you can figure it out. We are still reading for transitions, so it’s okay to be late as long as we see it by July 21. Best of luck to you. ALJ

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