Monday, March 13, 2006

A fun call for submissions:

Doing it in Strange Places... And Making Change:
Young Women Fighting for Social Justice

A commonly asked question at social justice events is, "What can I do
to get more involved?" This question is usually answered, according
to third wave feminist writers Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards,
in one of three ways: send money, call politicians, and volunteer.
Unfortunately, none of these foster a sense of investment in an issue
or offer solutions for how to solve the injustices in the world. It
also doesn't account for the lack of time, money and resources that
these three answers require. What if we could just incorporate our
politics into our every day lives? In fact, that is just what most
activists do.

In this anthology, we want to hear from young women from all walks of
life who have found creative ways to use their passion (from writing
to banking to being a homemaker) as an outlet for social justice
activism. We seek to make activism accessible and inspire others to
use the resources that they have to contribute to social justice.
Changing the world won't happen over night, so let's share our daily
successes and strategies for making all of our visions of a better
world possible. Tell us what worked and what didn't because all
experiences are valuable. We want to be sure multiple voices and
perspectives are represented in the anthology. Writers of all
experience levels are encouraged to submit work. All work must be
original and should not be published elsewhere.


Mandy Van Deven is the editor and publisher of Altar Magazine, a social justice publication
focusing on art, music, culture, politics, and activism. She also
works as the Director of Community Organizing at Girls for Gender
, a grassroots organization in Brooklyn,
NY working to create opportunities for girls and women to live
self-determined lives. Mandy believes that all opinions are valuable
and because her voice is loud, she works to help others raise their own voices.

Submission Guidelines

* We prefer to have submissions sent via email in a Word or Rich Text
Format document to with "Doing it in Strange
Places" in the subject line. Otherwise, submissions can be mailed to:

Mandy Van Deven
955 Metropolitan Ave, #4R
Brooklyn, NY 11211

* If you would like your submission returned to you, please include
a SASE. * Word count: 2,500 - 5,000

* All submissions require your name, address, phone number, email
address, and a short bio.

Submissions should be received (not postmarked) by May 1, 2006.

Please direct any questions you may have to


Donna said...

Hmm, I wonder if 44 counts as young? ;)

gayle said...

I've been wondering if almost-38 counts as young, too! Most of the time I feel about 10 years old inside--maybe that qualifies? :)

Donna said...

I'm eternally 15.

I emailed them. I'll let you know if they say 44 is young, because then you'll know 38 certainly qualifies!

Donna said...


Hey Donna,
I'm leaving "young" open to interpretation. I'd love for you to submit something. And I just learned to knit a few weeks ago so I look forward to hearing about your group. :)

gayle said...

Great, Donna! Thank you so much for letting me know...

I hope you'll submit something!