Artificial Divide is Seeking stories by Blind or Visually impaired Authors
Author: Edit Team
November 30, 2020
Artificial Divide is an OWN voices anthology by Blind and visually impaired writers. It’s a multi genre anthology with visually impaired protagonists. It will feature a diverse array of short stories with protagonists that are visually impaired.
For this anthology, edited by Robert Kingett and Randy Lacey, we’re looking for short stories between 500 and 8,000 words.
We are looking for OWN-voice stories featuring protagonists who are blind, visually impaired, or experience vision loss, written by authors who are blind, visually impaired or experience vision loss. The story need not be about being visually impaired or blind, and can be any genre of fiction.
Stories must be in English, though we invite diversity and dialects, including AAVE.
We will reject any story with racist, ableist, or homophobic, or otherwise bigoted themes. We don’t want to see those kinds of stories. Period.
One of the editors will be using a screen reader to review submissions, so make sure your document does not contain any tables or graphs or charts. Layout tables are acceptable but highly discouraged because your submission will be converted to Proper Manuscript Format. If you already have your story in Proper Manuscript format, send it along in that format.
If you’re visually impaired and need a screen reader friendly template, this page is a bit dated, but it has templates that work in all versions of Microsoft Word: https://www.shunn.net/format/templates.html.
Submit your manuscript in either docx or doc format.
We’re especially looking for writers of color, LGBT+ writers, and other marginalized identities. Please note that priority will be given to Canadian writers and writers from diverse backgrounds, though we are open to authors from around the world.
In your cover letter, provide your name, your primary email address, and a cover letter outlining the main plot of the story and the word count. In your cover letter, detail in two sentences or more, how being visually impaired has hindered you in the publishing industry, and please indicate whether you are a Canadian.
Stories can be submitted to [email protected] please write in SUBMISSION and the title of your story as the subject header.
Deadline for submissions EXTENDED!! January 31st, 2021.
Payment is 0.06 CAD per word.