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*Call for Submissions*

*Voices for Social Justice in Education: A Literary Anthology*
Editors: Julie Landsman, Rosanna Salcedo, & Paul Gorski
Deadline for submissions: Midnight, January 15th , 2014

What we are looking for: Poetry (including spoken word), creative non-fiction, memoir, short stories, images of visual art, and other types of writing or visual art that paint a picture of what justice and injustice look like in our schools.

Please read this Call for Submissions fully and, if you choose to submit one or more manuscripts, email them as Word documents, */following the specifications below/*, to: **

Stories make meaning for us. We can read “scholarly” articles, abstract theories, or collections of research and all of this is important. However, it is the stories, the poems, the music, the memoir, the essays, the fiction, that bring to life all of the information, all of the declarations about what is good, what is not working, what is needed. In this /Voices for Social Justice in Education/ anthology we desire writing that brings the reality of schooling to life. We want poems about 3rd period physics, short stories about recess in the second grade one hot spring afternoon. We want memoir about your best and worst teachers. We want essays about what is working now, at this moment, in your classroom—what makes a difference in the lives of your students, what is making your school a place that students want to be or don’t want to be. We want to know in vivid language, be it from memories or journal entries, in the form of spoken word or in a carefully constructed short story, what social justice means in schools today. What are your hopes and how do they play out? What matters to you when you walk in the door of your building, when you stand up in front of class, when you are late for your last class of the day?

We are writers ourselves. We love language and we know how powerful it can be, how it can move people, to reach those who can make change. We want your words, your language, your passion to help provoke that change.

Guidelines and Specifications for Contributors:
(1) Poets may submit up to 5 poems at once; please submit each in a separate document with your full contact information on /each one /(see #4 below)
(2) Prose writers may submit up to 15 pages
a) Times New Roman 12-pt font
b) Double-spaced
(3) Images of visual art should be submitted in .pdf or .jpg format
(4) Include author/artist name(s) and email address(es) /on each piece submitted/
(5) Remember, we are looking for work explicitly about /social justice in education and schools/, so great work about social justice that is not explicitly relevant to education schools will not be considered

*/Please feel free to share this Call for Submissions widely!/*




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Upping the Anti


Pitches due December 3, 2010; first draft due January 7, 2010


…is a radical journal published twice a year by a pan-Canadian collective of activists and organizers. We are dedicated to publishing radical theory and analysis about struggles against capitalism, imperialism, and all forms of oppression.

In our first ten issues, we’ve published articles by and interviews with renowned activists and intellectuals, including Aijaz Ahmad, Himani Bannerji, Grace Lee Boggs, Ward Churchill, Michael Hardt, John Holloway, Sunera Thobani, Andrea Smith, and many more.

We have covered a wide variety of topics including Palestine solidarity activism, trans-politics and anti-capitalism, anti-war activism, Indigenous solidarity, contemporary feminist organizing, and activist burnout.

In every issue, activists and organizers reflect on the state of contemporary organizing in Canada and beyond. We publish theoretical and critical articles, interviews and roundtables. UPPING THE ANTI also includes a book review section where activists assess new writing on the Left.


We are currently looking for story ideas for ISSUE TWELVE, which will be released in APRIL of 2011. If you have an idea for a story you would like to see published in our journal, please send us a one page pitch by Sunday, December 3, 2010. In addition to the pitch, please submit a short writing sample (max 1,000 words).

In your pitch, please provide a brief description of the topic of your investigation, your main questions, an account of how you will address these questions, as well as a brief biographical note.

Before submitting a pitch, we encourage you to read back issues in order to familiarize yourself with the kind of writing that we publish. We also encourage you to have a look at the UPPING THE ANTI writer’s guide, which can be downloaded at

Pitches should be for original stories that have not been submitted or published elsewhere. Please do not send us a pitch that you have simultaneously sent to another publication.

Although we will consider all pitches, we are especially interested in stories about the current economic crisis, contemporary labour organizing, feminism and women’s struggles, dis/ability, international solidarity work,
mobilization strategies, Marxism and anarchism in the 21st Century, activist interventions in art and culture, and struggles around questions of sex and sexuality.

We will review your pitch and provide you with feedback. After a pitch has been approved, writers are expected to submit their story by deadline.

Deadline for first drafts for ISSUE TWELVE is January 7, 2011.

Please submit all pitches and direct all queries to


Our next issue will be available in November 2010. Content will include John Clarke on direct action and the fight against austerity, Stacy Douglas on the queering of colonization, and Lesley Wood on lessons from the anti-G20

The issue will also feature interviews with Raj Patel on the politics of starving, Ladelle Mcwhorter on normalization and its discontents, James Scott on the art of not being governed, and roundtables on the twentieth anniversary of
the battle of Oka and on No One Is Illegal’s fight to build solidarity city.

**We need your support to keep Upping the Anti running. Pick up the latest issue, and check out our online subscription program.**

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