Open Call: Writing and Reflections on the Lives of Animals

After Words: Animal Reflections

Deadline: January 31, 2018

The London Reader is issuing an open call for fiction and nonfiction writing about animals, in the form of short stories, minifiction, creative essays, or poetry, as well as art and photography on this theme:

We live side by side with animals. A flock of pigeons roosting on a rooftop is as apparently ordinary a scene as that of cats scrapping audibly down the street or squirrels teasing their would-be chasers before turning tail to safety. Dogs are practically everywhere—many are members of our own families. How often we forget that we, too, are animals, and that our relationships with animals speak tellingly both to the history and condition of our species.

After Words: Animal Reflections will focus on the lives of animals—in themselves, in imagination, in relationship, and in thoughtful combinations thereof. In fable, fantasy, allegory—and in forms more and less traditional and experimental—submissions for After Words will reveal the moving ways animals have visited and haunted our lives and writing, and explore how, in our basest and most elevated moments alike, we belong to their number.

What to submit: Creative works can be standalone pieces or collections, but should be fewer than 4,000 words. Final selections will be weighed in favour of shorter works. Multiple submissions are welcome. Artwork should be favourably viewed on a tablet or a single page.

How to submit: Email submissions and questions to Place ‘AFTER WORDS’ in the subject line.

Please include a short biographical statement in the body of the e-mail, and indicate whether the submitted pieces have been previously published and whether you hold publication rights to them.

The deadline for submission on this theme is January 31, 2018.

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