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Call for Submissions: A People’s History

It’s an exciting time to be in the United States. Each day, we make history with our words and our actions, and we see it unfold in ourselves, our families, our communities and our country. Lately, the past has been at the forefront of many conversations, particularly in literature, so we invite you to step into history and make it your own.

Borrowed from Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, which chronicles our nation’s narrative from birth to present, this theme offers the opportunity for fiction and nonfiction writers alike to explore their relationship to family, humanity, citizenship, the United States and beyond. In keeping with our submission guidelines, only stories in line with this theme and with a Southern connection will be considered.

The deadline for submissions is May 29. Please note that this is a rolling submissions period, meaning submissions will be reviewed throughout the cycle. Pieces considered and accepted will undergo a collaborative revision process to prepare for final publication. Accepted stories will publish throughout the summer.

For inspiration on the type of stories we accept, please check out our “Race in Place” theme story winners and last year’s summer stories.

Our full submission guidelines may be viewed here, but general requirements are as follows:

  • All submissions must have a Southern connection. Please specify this in your e-mail or bio.
  • Submissions must be e-mailed to [email protected] and attached to the email.
  • Submissions must include the name of the author, word count, email address for contact and a short bio about their background and work.
  • Fiction, short stories and nonfiction are limited to one work at a time and may not be longer than 3,500 words (can be an excerpt from a longer work).
  • Deep South reserves the right to reject any submission and does not accept pornography or works that do not meet the standards of the editorial quality of our magazine.

Photo by Damian Bariexca from Flickr Creative Commons.

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