Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Call for submissions: Two Ravens Press anthology of 'wild places' non-fiction

In November 2009 Two Ravens Press will publish an anthology of literary non-fiction that focuses on the relationship between people and the wild places of the British Isles. We are looking for high quality writing which animates a connection between humanity and the natural world where it is not obviously dominated by the human presence. It might articulate a discovery; a new way of seeing; an emotional response; a meditation on a place or who we are as people in a wild world.

The anthology will have a foreword by Robert Macfarlane (The Wild Places, Mountains of the Mind) and be edited by Linda Cracknell who is a writer of short fiction (collections: Life Drawing, The Searching Glance) and who received a Creative Scotland Award in 2007 for a collection of non-fiction essays in response to walks (see http://walkingandwriting.blogspot.com/).

There are no restrictions on the nationality/residency of contributors to the anthology. Previously unpublished non-fiction prose only; no fiction or poetry will be considered. Upper word limit: 8000 words. Contributions will be accepted by email only, and should be sent as a Microsoft Word attachment to info@tworavenspress.com. Please include with your submission a paragraph about your previous writing experience and publication history. The deadline for submissions is March 31 2009. Royalties from the book will be split equally between all contributors.

5 comments:

Niall said...

Probably a silly question but - will they accept submissions in Gaelic? I was at the Nevis Connections evening on Wed 12th March - my Gaelic short story won.

Linda Cracknell said...

Niall - I'm afraid it's going to be all writing in English. Many congratulations on your win! Linda

FionnchĂș said...

Linda, this is the only way I can find to ask this to you quickly. Alerted to this call for submissions by an Irish friend, I am preparing an essay now for submission next week. I plan to include excerpts from a published novel by an author that's out of print, notes from local histories and guidebooks and the like, interspersed with my own reflections. Given the non-fictional but literary format, should I include parenthetical references and a list of works cited as an academic article would require, or is a looser, less-specifically attributed manner of citation acceptable? Kindly let me know as soon as you can, and I look forward to you reading my contribution. (I may be close to the wire, given the time zone differential of eight hours in my favor! That reminds me-- do you wish British spellings & quotation/punctuation convention, or is my "American" style o.k.?) Best wishes from California...

Linda Cracknell said...

Dear Fionnchu, I think the looser citation will be fine, certainly at this stage. But it would be useful to have British conventions if you can do that at a flick of the spellcheck or whatever. I'll look forward to reading it!
Best wishes,
Linda

Niall said...

Hello Linda
I went ahead and wrote something in English - first time I've ever submitted anything that wasn't in Gaelic.