Jul. 10 - 30 2019
Pitches for issue 144
Our predecessors—those living and departed—have already done much of the work we are now attempting, but their legacies are obscured. The lineages that might have connected us to their work have been severed by amnesia, both intentional and unintentional, individual and institutional. How, then, do we take stock of what has already been done? What strategies can we employ to instil the memory of this work—artistic or activist—and those who have done it, to both honour their contributions and avoid reinventing the wheel? How can younger generations learn from the past when the wisdom of hindsight remains with older generations? And how do older generations reflect on how current conversations rehash ones they’ve already had? When a pendulum swings in one direction, must it inevitably swing back in the other? How can we imagine progress when the self-replicating mechanisms of the institution insist on recurring? How many times must a similar struggle be endured before what’s being resisted gives way? How do artistic practice, gossip, storytelling and intergenerational dialogue function as media for the transmission of knowledge that was never committed to official narratives?
We strongly encourage pitches that centre intergenerational dialogue.
Feature pitches are due July 10. Review* pitches are accepted on a rolling basis until July 30. First drafts are due September 10.
Send pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org, with a subject line that starts with the word PITCH and goes on to clearly indicate the submission type (feature essay, interview, or review, for example) as well as your subject and intended word count.
*Reviews may or may not be related to the theme.
Please see our submission and writers guidelines for more information.