For our 2021 issue, The Wayne Literary Review seeks submissions on the theme of home.
2020 has brought us a pandemic, vital social and political upheaval, and a continued reckoning with the ugliest traits of our country. This year has precipitated the destabilization of common expectations and myths about life, community, and belonging in the U.S. In response, The Wayne Literary Review 2021 is committed to providing a space for the reflection, problematization, and complication of a fundamental human need at the center of it all: home.
Tell us how the definition of home has changed or evolved for you this year. What has it meant for you to live, work, and rest all in the confines of this one particular space? How has your relationship with your city, street, or workplace changed now that so much time is confined to our residences?
And, as we think about the lived experience of a socially distanced Detroit, what does this mean for people without access to a safe or stable home?
Beyond the purely literal interpretations of home, we ask too, is the sensation of belonging, the creation of a safe shelter for the soul, designed to be held out of reach for some? When you find yourself in a hostile society, how do you work to create some semblance of security, and how does that hostility, and the trauma that it inflicts, change your sense of self and place?
2020 has made it clearer than ever just how complicated the concept of home can be. We welcome submissions that thoughtfully engage with these complexities. We hope that by holding space for various perspectives from diverse and traditionally marginalized viewpoints, we can all continue to reckon with the many contradictions that seem to thrive and persist in this “Home of the Brave.”
For this issue, Wayne State University students and alumni, staff and faculty, and other community members are specifically encouraged to submit. We welcome submissions through January 14, 2021.
Here are our guidelines:
- Prose: One short story or creative nonfiction essay, maximum 3500 words. We also welcome flash-fiction submissions and novel excerpts.
- Drama: One-act plays or excerpts no longer than 3500 words. Please limit to one dramatic submission.
- Poetry: No more than three poems, not to exceed a total of six pages.
- Visual Art and Photography: Please submit no more than three photographs or images. High resolution .jpg or .png only. We encourage the submission of pen and ink or charcoal drawings, collage, and black and white works.
- All submissions must be double-spaced, Times New Roman 12pt. font, using 1-inch margins, .doc or .docx only. Or follow the Proper Manuscript Format.
- At this time, we only accept electronic submissions.
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