Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Oregonians are invited to submit an essay or article for Oregon Humanities magazine’s spring 2013 issue on the theme “Me.”
Who is me? Me is the cover of every magazine you see on any newsstand. Me is the hero of every book you read, of every movie you watch. Me is the only one on the interstate/in the restaurant/on the bus/in the grocery store who matters. Me is the public. Me is the commons. Me is an island. Me is a universe. Me is both the center and the end. My tragedy is yours (as is my grief, my anxiety, my concern), but my joy is mostly my own (maybe my pain is, too). Why is it this way?
Contributors are encouraged to visit oregonhumanities.org to review the guidelines and call for submissions, and to familiarize themselves with the publication. No phone calls, please.
Submit a proposal or draft by Nov. 18 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Kathleen Holt, Editor, Oregon Humanities magazine, 813 S.W. Alder St., Suite 702, Portland, OR, 97205.
Oregon Humanities magazine, a triannual publication, welcomes all forms of nonfiction writing, including scholarly essays, journalistic articles, and personal essays. It accepts proposals and drafts of scholarly and journalistic features, which generally range between 1,500 and 4,000 words in length. It accepts drafts only of personal essays that consider larger thematic questions in well-developed, nuanced ways; essay submissions should run no longer than 2,000 words. All contributors receive an honorarium. Currently the magazine is distributed to more than 12,000 readers. Work from Oregon Humanities has been reprinted in textbooks, the Pushcart Prize anthology, Utne Reader, and Best American Essays, and featured on public radio programs Think Out Loud and This American Life.
Oregon Humanities connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More information about its programs and publications — which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Idea Lab Summer Institute, Public Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine — can be found at oregonhumanities.org. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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