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I am calling you
I am editing WisCon Chronicles Volume 5. I'm looking for essays between 1000 and 6000 words long, on or adjacent to the theme of "Writing and Racial Identity," with the focus on 2010's WisCon 34--panels, discussions, and other events. I want written contributions from people who attended WisCon 34. I will need these contributions by August 27. Photos, drawings, poems, interviews, and (very) short fiction will also be considered for this book.

I will need informal proposals for contributions on or before July 26. Proposals must include the following:

* Your name--your legal name, and any aliases you may have used at WisCon 34 and/or online
* The length (wordcount) of the contribution if applicable
* The nature of the contribution (essay, panel report, memoir, interview, survey, photo, cartoon, etc.)
* A very general outline of the topic covered, running about one to three lines, or approximately one paragraph
* If the contribution relates to a specific WisCon 34 event, such as a particular panel, the bake sale, etc., note that in your proposal.
* If the contribution has appeared elsewhere or will appear elsewhere within the next two years let me know; your piece may or may not be eligible for inclusion, and we'll need to discuss this.

Please respond via LJ, and do this by July 26 at the very, very latest.

Thanks so much for considering this call.

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From: were_duck Date: July 20th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for posting this, Nisi! I'm linking it from the wiscon communities on both LJ and Dreamwidth, in the interest of your reaching a wider audience.
nisi_la From: nisi_la Date: July 20th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for the link. Wider is gooder!
upstart_crow From: upstart_crow Date: July 20th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi Nisi:

I'd love to contribute something, and even had an essay I've been picking at. But the problem is, it's on the Mad Seer/Holy Fool panel in which I participated, and in which race didn't come up too much. Do you solely want issues on the subject of racial identity and writing? I guess there may be a way in which I could work racial identity into the essay (as disability effects people of every racial identity), but I'm not sure it'll end up being the main focus. Is this something you'd still want to see? (Am I making sense at all?)
nisi_la From: nisi_la Date: July 21st, 2010 05:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for asking about this. Yes, you are making sense. Let's see if I can, too.

While the theme of this volume of the WisCon Chronicles is Writing and Racial Identity, that doesn't mean there won't be anything else in there. I will have at least one piece that I know of--another panel report--which may not be primarily about the book's theme. I would really like to see a proposal and/or essay such as you're describing, so please, please get me one.

That said, I would also be interested in anything you have to say on the relationship between racial identity and the panel's topic. For instance, was the racial composition of the panel weighted toward one demographic? What about that of the audience, or of the authors of any recommended reading? But I don't expect Writing and Racial Identity to be the main point of your piece, or of every piece I include. Nor do want to undermine what you envision as the main point.
upstart_crow From: upstart_crow Date: July 31st, 2010 06:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Eek! I'm sorry, I've been really busy with a paper for my university class and neglected to respond to this. I'm still very interested in writing the above paper, but I don't know if my comment was the equivalent of an informal proposal. Was it acceptable?

I like your ideas and I'd be more than happy to include them in the piece.
firecat From: firecat Date: July 22nd, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Could you clarify what "respond via LJ" means? Some folks who attend Wiscon don't have LJ accounts.
nisi_la From: nisi_la Date: July 22nd, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Firecat, this Call for Materials is crossposted on other sites/list serves. My enjoinder to respond via LJ applies only to those reading the post here. FWIW, it is possible to comment on this journal anonymously, that is, w/o an LJ account. So a WisCon attendee sans such an account could respond here.

There's another version of this Call on the Aqueduct Press blog, and versions were sent to the FEM-SF list serve and the Carl Brandon Society list serve. Those include different methods for contacting me.

I will send you my non-LJ email address via a private message in case you have someone in mind to forward it to.

Thanks for your question!
firecat From: firecat Date: July 22nd, 2010 07:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks very much for clarifying; I don't know what's going on with PMs but I've added you to my LJ friends list in case that's what it takes and I've sent you a PM.
nisi_la From: nisi_la Date: July 22nd, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm. Apparently you don't want private messages, cause I can't send you one. But you can send one to me if you like.
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