Call for Submissions 

"Crips In Space: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Futurism." 

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The Deaf Poets Society will publish an upcoming issue (Issue 4) on crip futurism, a growing body of interdisciplinary studies. We are looking for D/deaf and disabled perspectives and re-imaginings of bodies, science, technology, bioethics, and the future ways of existing. Though crip futurism and the notion of ‘crips in space’ has a long history in both popular and academic thought, the impetus for this issue originated from a Twitter conversation in which Sam de Leve, Alice Wong, and others speculated what life would be like for crips in space. Would D/deaf and/or disabled people with low bone density and muscle atrophy be ideal explorers in zero gravity environments? Would D/deaf and/or disabled people be the perfect ambassadors to make first contact with extraterrestrials since they know the alien experience in hostile ableist/audist societies? What is the impact of human gene-editing and other reproductive technologies on future generations of D/deaf and disabled people?

The Deaf Poets Society is excited to have writer Sam de Leve and Alice Wong of the Disability Visibility Project™ join us as guest editors for this issue. Essays, poetry, prose, and art are welcome. Deadline: April 4. Go to the Submission Guidelines (below) for more information.

Submission Guidelines

 

(Please read our About page before proceeding to read this page. Once you are finished reading the following guidelines, please scroll to the bottom of the page for information about author and artist payment.)

We accept submissions of poetry, prose, cross-genre work, reviews/interviews/miscellany, and art for publication on a rolling basis. We publish an online issue four times a year: January, April, July, and October. We changed to this publishing schedule as of November 2016. There are no deadlines for our issues.

Poetry: We're looking for poems on any subject that will change our readers in some way. We especially want intersectional work that upends the dominant rhetoric about D/deaf life and/or disability. Please send us up to 3 poems in a single .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .txt file titled with your name and genre (NAME_GENRE).

Prose: We're looking for compelling prose or cross-genre works (including flash and works that combine ASL and English) that critically examine some aspect of the D/deaf and/or disability experience. Please send us anything under 5,000 words in a single .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .txt file titled with your name and genre (NAME_GENRE).

Ideas (Reviews, Interviews, & Miscellany): In our reviews and interviews, we look for poetry and short fiction, novels and memoirs, anthologies and plays, and art exhibits and new media that explore the intersections of Deaf or disability identity and other identities, allowing these complications to reach across the screen to the reader/viewer. We believe fundamentally that nobody articulates the Deaf and/or disabled experience like Deaf and/or disabled writers and critics. If you, our readers, find a piece of literature or art that might be worth a closer look, send an email to thedeafpoetssociety@gmail.com, with the subject heading “TIP”.

Art: We're looking for thought-provoking, nuanced art from artists who identify as Deaf, disabled, chronically ill, mentally ill, or neurodiverse. We particularly encourage art dealing with the social construction of disability and works that approach this topic from an intersectional perspective. We accept any media that can be presented online in the form of an image, audio, flash or video file. Artists may submit up to three art pieces per submission and up to two submissions per reading cycle. For 2D and 3D visual work, please send us preview images in .jpg, .png, or .pdf format titled with your name, media, and image number (e.g., Smith_Painting_1). Detail shots are accepted, but will take up one of your Submittable image slots. Preview image files should be no smaller than 800x800 pixels and no larger than 2400x3600 pixels. For video, audio, and multimedia work, please submit a placeholder image of your choice and a link to a private online upload of the full submission (e.g., a private YouTube link).   

For all artwork, please include with your submission the piece’s name, media type, dimensions (for non-digital work only), year created, and a brief artist statement about the work’s meaning or intention (statements over 250 words may be edited for length). You may include an artist bio at this time, but you are not required to do so. If your work is accepted, we will require high resolution images of at least 2400x3000 pixels for final publication. (Please do not submit 2D digital work that is not available in higher resolution). Additionally, accessibility captions are required for all accepted work (description of visual art and subtitles/transcripts for audio, video, and multimedia work). Please read our instructions at our Access page. If you are not capable of providing these, we can collaborate with you to create them. *Note: Our submission manager will only accept three files at a time. If you're sending us the maximum amount of art pieces (four), you'll need to send us three in one submission, and the last one in a second submission. We apologize for the inconvenience!

All submitterswith the exception of artistsmust provide a brief (50- to 100-word) bio in the cover letter field. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us if your submission has been accepted elsewhere. Please leave us a note in Submittable under "Activity" in your submission if you'd like to withdraw a particular submission and not the entire submission. We do not accept previously published works. Upon publication, all rights revert to the author. All work must be submitted to us through our Submittable page. If you have any questions, please email us at thedeafpoetssociety@gmail.com.

Note: If Submittable is not accessible to you, please email us at thedeafpoetssociety@gmail.com and we will provide instructions.

Payment

When we founded The Deaf Poets Society, we decided that it was important to us to pay our authors and artists for their accepted work. However, in order for us to stay afloat in the publishing environment, we knew that this involved risks as well! To fulfill our mission, we'll be dependent on various funding sources, including, but not limited to: voluntarynot requiredsubmission fees/donations through Submittable.com, fundraising campaigns, and future public programming.

A donation of anywhere between $2-$15 through PayPal (or more, if you're feeling particularly generous), will help us give more back to the D/deaf and disability arts community that sustains us. (And, if you donate $10 or more through Submittable (which takes $1 off the top of each submission), we will provide a 300-word critique, a writing assignment, and a reading suggestionwhether the work is ultimately accepted or not.) The funds we pull inwhich will be allocated to elements such as website development, business licensing, and advertisingwill determine how much we can pay authors and artists at any one time. This means that the amount paid to our contributors may fluctuate from issue to issue, and that we thus can't disclose the exact amount we will pay to each submitter. That said, we pledge to be fully transparent about where these submission fees and other forms of support go. Complete and comprehensive data about our finances will appear on this page following the publication of each issue. 

100% of contributions will go to further development of the journal and associated arts programming. Donations are not tax-deductible at this time.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding these policies, please email us at thedeafpoetssociety@gmail.com.

Financials

Issue 1

Genre

Poetry

Prose

Artwork

Total

Submissions

51

16

4

71

No fee

$0

$0

$0

$0

Subtotal

$0

$0

$0

$0

After Submittable fee 5% + $0.99 per sub

$0

$0

$0

$0

Donation share

$0

$0

$0

$0

Subtotal

$0

$0

$0

$0

Publisher share

$0

$0

$0

$0

Available to pay

$0

$0

$0

$0

Pieces selected

13

10

4

27

Pay rate

$0

$0

$0

$0

Issue 2

Genre

Poetry

Prose

Artwork

Total

Submissions

21

14

10

45

Submissions with $10 voluntary fee

0

4

0

0

Subtotal

$0

$40

$0

$0

Submittable fee 5% + $0.99 per sub

$0

$34.04

$0

$0

Donation share

$145.31

$145.31

$145.31

$435.95

Subtotal

$145.31

$179.35

$145.31

$469.97

Publisher share

$40.27

$42.30

$42.30

$124.87

Available to pay

$105.06

$137.05

$103.01

$345.12

Pieces selected

7

4

5

16

Pay rate

$15.00

$15.00

$15.00

$240

Saved for next issue/other potential expenses

$0

$77.05

$28.01

$105.06

*We set aside a publisher's share in order to pay for annual filing fees, licensing, Submittable fees, website hosting, and other expenses.