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Call for Canadian Submissions
for Hidden Brook Press anthology,
They Have To Take You In
editor Ursula Pflug



Ursula Pflug bio pic - editor

About the editor:

Ursula Pflug is an award winning novelist and short fiction writer, with over seventy fiction credits in professional and semi-pro publications in Canada, the US and the UK. Her new book, Harvesting the Moon is forthcoming from Britain's PS Publishing. Her non-fiction, mainly about art and books, has appeared in Now Magazine, Strange Horizons, The Link, The New York Review of Science Fiction, The Country Connection, The Peterborough Examiner, Mix Magazine, and other publications. She has worked as an editor at The Peterborough Review, Takeout, The Link and for numerous freelance clients.

 

Please visit her at: http://ursulapflug.ca

 






 

 

 

Call for Submissions for

An Anthology of Contemporary Canadian Literature

                      

 

Dear Canadian Authors:

 

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

 

Whether or not we agree, we have probably heard Tolstoy's famous quote. “What is unarguable is that our family shapes us as nothing else.” Family elicits our strongest emotional responses, whether joy and love, or rage and fear. For this anthology don't feel you have to sugar coat your work—we aren't timid and want to include stories and poems that explore the darker aspects of family life. After all, healing requires our truth as well as our forgiveness. But also—please don't forget to include work that expresses the deep sustaining joy our families can provide. The love we give and receive within families is irreplaceable.

 

This month's government cuts to CSUMB (the Community Start Up and Maintenance Benefit ) will put more families on the street. 100% of royalties from the sale of They Have To Take You In will benefit the shelter system in eastern Ontario.

 

They Have To Take You In will appear from Hidden Books Press in late 2013 or early 2014.

 

Number of Pieces:

You may submit up to 3 pieces of work for consideration – prose, poetry and/or micro-fiction. We are not looking at memoir or recipes for this project. Memoir work will be considered if it is of literary quality. If you are a writer of speculative fiction, we are interested in your slipstream and magic realist works.

 

Length:

Poetry: maximum number of lines 50

Short stories: maximum 5000 words

Micro fiction: 300 words approx.

 

Send Your Submission To:

Send your submissions as rtf or doc files to anthology editor, Ursula Pflug, at pflugursula@gmail.com

 

Cover Letter:

Include a concise cover letter pasted into the body of the email, including previous publications, if any. We welcome submissions from unpublished authors, but be sure to polish and proofread your work before submitting. Please include your full name, email address, mailing address, and phone number at the top of your submission as well as in your email cover letter. Make sure you put: YOUR NAME / ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSION / TITLE in the subject line.  If you don't, your submission may go astray.

 

Reprints and Simultaneous Submissions:

We will consider reprints as well as simultaneous submissions, but make sure you inform us if you place your submission elsewhere. Please include publication information on previously published stories and poems.

 

Canadian:

Authors must be a Canadian citizen or Landed immigrant.

  

Short Bio:

At the end of your CL, please include a 2-3 line bio (50 words or under). This is what will appear on our contributors' page.

 

Deadline:

The three month submission period is March 15–June 15, 2013. We will be reading and making selections during and after the submissions period. Only authors whose work has been accepted will be notified – names will be listed on the HBP website after the final list is compiled. If you place your work elsewhere prior to its acceptance please let us know immediately.

  

Compensation:

If your submission is accepted, you will receive one free copy of the book. Authors will have the opportunity to buy additional copies at a 40% discount, 50% discount for orders of 10 books or more. You will also receive a 10% commission if you take bookstore orders that the publisher fills.

Pay Rates:

We will be running an Indiegogo campaign in order to raise funds to pay the authors in the book.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/they-have-to-take-you-in/x/2238410

 

$100 short story

$40 poem

$40 micro prose

$20 reprint

 

Copyright:

Authors will retain copyright for their work. Be sure that you own the copyright to your previously published work.

  

Pass the word:

Please feel free to pass this call for submission to Canadian authors.

 

About the editor:

Ursula Pflug is an award winning novelist and short fiction writer, with over seventy fiction credits in professional and semi-pro publications in Canada, the US and the UK. Her new book, Harvesting the Moon is forthcoming from Britain's PS Publishing. Her non-fiction, mainly about art and books, has appeared in Now Magazine, Strange Horizons, The Link, The New York Review of Science Fiction, The Country Connection, The Peterborough Examiner, Mix Magazine, and other publications. She has worked as an editor at The Peterborough Review, Takeout, The Link and for numerous freelance clients. Please visit her at: http://ursulapflug.ca

 

From an article at Ernestine's:

As part of the Ontario’s government’s plan to cut costs in their latest budget, the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB) will officially be axed as of January 2013. This fund has been the bridge between homelessness and security in times of need...The program provides funds for basic home essentials such as furniture, basic household items, and food to start a home. Moving to a new home is an expensive and overwhelming challenge as these women try to provide and protect themselves and their children. The women will now have to purchase many of these items themselves on top of managing basic expenses of living such as rent, utilities, food, and transportation.

 

Quotes About Family:

 

“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”

― George Burns

 

“Home is the place where, when you have to go there,

They have to take you in.”

 ― Robert Frost

 

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

― Leo Tolstoy

 

“The capacity for friendship is God's way of apologizing for our families.”

― Jay McInerney

 

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.”

― Oscar Wilde

 

“Parents are like God because you wanna know they're out there, and you want them to think well of you, but you really only call when you need something.”

― Chuck Palahniuk

 

“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”

― Mother Teresa

 

“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.”

― George Bernard Shaw

 

“You must remember, family is often born of blood, but it doesn't depend on blood. Nor is it exclusive of friendship. Family members can be your best friends, you know. And best friends, whether or not they are related to you, can be your family.”

― Trenton Lee Stewart

 

“From the ages of 8-18, me and my family moved around a lot. Mostly we would just stretch, but occasionally one of us would actually get up to go to the fridge.”

― Jarod Kinz

 

“I sustain myself with the love of family.”

― Maya Angelou