The Spring Writes Literary Festival Program is now online!

We are very excited to be presenting a sneak peak into the Anthology from several of our own contributors!   Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 7, 2017, 2:30 pm.  Come to the History Center in Tompkins County to hear some of the pieces from “NY Votes for Women: A Suffrage Centennial Anthology” and chat with the following readers:

Erica S. Brath

Jennifer Cremerius

Rachel Dickinson

Barbara Mink

Liz Thompson

and your hosts: Stacey Murphy and Nora Snyder 

The full program for all four days of Spring Writes is viewable here:

http://www.artspartner.org/content/view/spring-w-rites-literary-festival.html

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Save the Date! Anthology Contributors reading as part of the Spring Writes Literary Festival!

Save the Date!  Anthology Contributors reading as part of the Spring Writes Literary Festival!

The Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County is planning for their annual literary festival, Spring Writes.  This year’s festival is May 4-7, 2017, and we are excited to announce our reading on Sunday, May 7th.  

Seven of the contributors to NY Votes for Women:  A Suffrage Centennial Anthology will read their works, some poetry, some prose.   This will be your chance to get a taste of what’s in the book before it is released, and we hope you will join us!

Stay tuned for more details.

Thank you – Submissions are Closed!

THANK YOU to all who took the time to carefully consider and respond to this call for submissions.  We’ve heard that for a number of you, the prompt was harder to respond to than originally anticipated, but we are happy to report that the accepted works are make for a powerful collection of statements and styles of writing.

Stay tuned for news on the printing and release in coming months!

Deadline Extended – February 24th!

Deadline Extended – February 24th!

We have had a recent spike in new interest in the project, and are extending the submission deadline for two weeks!

The submissions so far have been thoughtful, poignant, funny, and impassioned.   In recent days we’ve been sharing more writing prompts at speaking engagements and write-in sessions that have sparked connections in writers’ brains between this topic and their lives.   Writers using their voices make for a beautiful thing in this world – seemingly as needed now as it was 100 years ago.

Thank you for your patience!  If you’ve submitted already we will be in touch soon.

Please keep sharing the project with writers who have something to share along these lines.

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!