CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35 is looking
for nonfiction narratives that challenge conventional tourism.
From West Africa to Vietnam, Tokyo to Paris, the book’s focus is to show
exactly where on the map our wide peer group has gone so far, and the
distinctive niche of travel experiences that defines us. The book, which
is an anthology of literary nonfiction, aims to draw readers through
its vivid and transportive stories, told by the most adventurous and
insightful of our group’s literary and raconteur peers. Examples of the
types of stories we’re looking to include, are:
- A Chicago native’s true story of four days spent stuck on a boat on
the Amazon River, after the annual folkloric festival in Parintins
- An American school teacher’s reportage from Cameroon, of a day spent
dodging machete blades and hiding from the angry mob that overtook her
campus after a controversial election
- A Japanese New Yorker’s tale of one year spent tending bar at her
aunt’s Tokyo nightclub and learning about the private lives and secrets
of her mother’s extended family
- An asthmatic hedge fund analyst’s strident portrayal of his month-long
trek through Central Asia from Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp
The book will be released in January 2013, available in eBook and paperback.
SUBMISSION is open through October 15, 2012. In addition to personal
experience, the narrative should portray a strong sense of place.
Creative nonfiction is the name of the game. There’s no set form, but
memoir, literary journalism, essay, profile, ethnography, and interview
(among other forms) are all welcome.
GUIDELINES: Submissions must be typed and sent as a Word document.
Please include your full name, city and state, phone number, email
address, and a biography no longer than two short paragraphs. Previously
published work will not be considered. Please, no simultaneous
submissions. No minimum word count; maximum 5,000 words. No fabricated
narratives or pen names. Compensation varies.
Please allow four weeks for a response. Submissions will not be
published without the writer’s consent. Feel free to check back with us
if after four weeks you haven’t received a response.
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO SUBMIT, CONTACT:
stories(at)theplaces35.com (replace (at) with @ in sending email).