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 moment with a clear tie to women’s suffrage and/or 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 the 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.

We also recognize that the path to a voice for many women did not come through that movement, per se, but through another one such as civil rights or the labor movement.  To recognize this and reflect a diversity of experiences, if you want to write how the suffrage movement wasn’t your family’s experience but a different one was, that is OK 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 later in the year as the project unfolds.

Submission Format:

Please email all submissions to: by February 24, 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Unpublished and previously published work is acceptable.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 26th, 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.