The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2008.
What Should I Submit?
We are looking for poetry, essays, short stories, visual art (paintings, drawings, photography) and prose submissions that deal with the theme "How I Freed My Soul".
Your work should illustrate "How I Freed My Soul" either in first person or through a pivotal character in your fiction work. Non-fiction accounts will be most appreciated.
Your work should give an idea of what your definition of freedom is at some point in the piece...
...is freedom the ability to do what you want to do professionally?
...is freedom a state of being or a way of thought?
...have you always been free?
...is it possible to be free?
...is there a person or place that represents freedom?
- Submissions can be in poetry, visual artwork, prose, or essay form. We ask that if work is explicit, it be in the context of the story portrayed and not for the sake of being gratuitous, exploitive or merely shocking. This book will be marketed to an 18 year-old and older population, yet we do wish to appeal to a wide audience which may include high-school students.
- Submissions should illustrate an example of when the author experienced or witnessed a moment when they felt truly "free", whatever that definition means to them.
- All submissions should be authentic renderings by the person submitting the work. You can not submit work for your friend, relative, student, etc.
- Submitted work should not be work that has been published in a book, magazine or online publication before. (This does not include online poetry sites that allow members to share and critique each other's work).
- All authors and visual artists may submit up to three pieces for consideration.
Work should be in a Word document (no pdfs) and should appear as you would like it to appear in the anthology
- Please include your contact information at the bottom of each submission (Name, email address, phone number). Bios will be requested from those who are included in the anthology.
We suggest you send in your submission after getting constructive feedback. We will not contact you if your work is not chosen for the anthology. Authors whose work will be selected for the anthology will be notified by January 5, 2009 or earlier. All selected authors will be required to print off the Terms of Agreement form and sign it to authorize publication of the work.
Please check the Call for Submissons page for more details and updates: http://sites.google.com/site/liberatedmuseanthology/
Liberated Muse Productions (LMP) is an arts-based events planning group based in the Washington DC metropolitan area. LMP was created in 2007 by writers and community activists Maceo Thomas and Khadijah "Moon" Ali-Coleman. LMP's intent is to create events promoting artistry and awareness of issues pivotal to urban communities. LMP has become a network of dedicated artists and patrons of the arts. The Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest is an LMP landmark event. The inaugaral event in 2008 attracted numerous businesses and organizations to provide sponsorship or purchase vending space. Those present included: Peace Corps, the Washington Informer, Educate Online, Planned Parenthood, Mimi's Boutique Mix, Veg to Go and the Law Offices of Donovan Brown.
Liberated Muse Productions produced the 2008 Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest CD compilation which features artists who performed at the music festival. The CD is on sale and can be bought at www.CapitalHipHopSoulFest.com. Liberated Muse Productions operates a social networking site at www.LiberatedMuse.com
About the Editor
Khadijah Ali-Coleman is the editor for Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul. Ali-Coleman is a poet, photographer, playwright and journalist. Her poetry has been featured on the online site Flask and Pen, online magazines such as Ymib.com and the poetry anthology Friends I've Never Met. She wrote the stage play Shades of Black: a thought in progress in 2007 and produced and directed it in 2008. Her photography and articles have appeared in the Washington Post, the Washington Informer, East of the River and the District Chronicles newspapers.
Ali-Coleman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (African-American Studies and Mass Media) and a Writing minor from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In 2000 she received a Master of Arts degree in Mass Communications from Towson University. She is founder of So Our Youth Aspire (SOYA), LLC
All submissions should be emailed to LiberatedMuseProductions@gmail.com
For more details, visit http://sites.google.com/site/liberatedmuseanthology/