Happy 2017 – Submissions are Open!

Submission Guidelines:

Please send short works: Poems of up to thirty lines (shorter welcome, too), or short prose such as memoir up to 2000 words in length.   Must be on theme of women’s suffrage and voting rights in NY State, or a later related moment with a clear tie to the women’s suffrage and voting in New York.

For example, your family might have a story of a grandmother or other relative who lived and voted at that time, for the first time.  It might be a reflection of your experience in our recent election and how it relates to  women gaining the right to vote in NY State one hundred years ago.  Or perhaps you recall an experience from your life during the height of the Women’s Lib movement.  Many experiences can be traced to an influence by women gaining the right to vote in New York in 1917.

Collaborative pieces are also welcome – so if you don’t have a story of your own but want to interview someone who does have a moment in history to share that you think is compelling, and they don’t happen to like writing, we welcome that, too.

Selected writers will get a free copy of the paperback anthology once it’s printed.  If you live in or near Ithaca New York and your work is selected, you may be offered a chance to participate in a reading of your submission during the Spring Writes Literary Festival during the first week of May 2017, and/or another reading as the project unfolds.

Submission Format:

Please email all submissions to: Stacey.suffragecentennial@gmail.com by February 10, 2017.  Here’s what to include:

In the subject line, please use the heading SUBMISSION: (your name), and attach your piece as a Word or .PDF document (Word preferred).

In your email, include a very brief bio (1 or 2 sentences).

Unpublished and previously published work is acceptable.  If your work has been published elsewhere please include that information.

Please note, no rejections will be sent out.  If you haven’t heard back by February 12th, your work has not been selected for this project.   This has no bearing on the quality of your work, but rather the vision of the editor for this particular venture.

Thank you! We look forward to hearing from you.

2017: Welcome to our project!

2017: Welcome to our project!

My grandmother was born in Unadilla, NY in 1900.  That means she was coming of age right around the time women were fighting for – and gaining – the right to vote.  In New York and some other states, the right to vote came in 1917.  I’ve given a lot of thought to what she might have been like back then.

I’ve been learning that others share this curiosity.  Others feel a pull between the elections this year, other events in our lives, and that important part of history in our State, and our Nation. The experiences of women in gaining access and voting are very diverse across our ranges of ages, experiences, races and religions – some triumphant, some funny, many painful – and all feel important right now.  The Writer’s Block Party, an informal group of writers – novice and experienced – decided this Anthology would be a great way for writers to explore this theme.

Submissions are now closed, but check back for news on the release and reading events coming soon!