Call for submissions: ndncountry

Indigenous Writers:

Submit your work to ndncountry, a special joint issue of Prairie Fire and CV2

Tawnshi. Boozhoo. Yowtz. ?E’dlanet’é. She:kon. Kwe. Minatakushini.  Hey friends and relatives from all across the Turtle’s back, this is Katherena Vermette and Warren Cariou here. We are two Métis writers from Winnipeg, and we’ve been asked to be a part of something special that is happening in the coming months. We hope you’ll want to be a part of it too.  

Our Indigenous peoples have been telling stories forever on this land, and today we continue to assert our place here in new and powerful ways. In celebration of those stories, Prairie Fire and CV2 magazines have joined up with the Winnipeg International Writers’ Festival to create a joint, double issue in 2018 showcasing new work by Indigenous writers. They have asked us to edit this special issue and we are honored to accept the task. We believe in these three organizations and we want to help them gather Indigenous stories together in a good way.  Our working title for this special issue is ndncountry, in honour of the land that inspires and nourishes so many of our stories.

But for all of this to succeed we need your help, and the help of many more First Nations, Métis and Inuit writers. We ask you to send us your stories, your poems, your memoirs, your literary experiments, and any other writing that fits the parameters listed below.  We want to represent Indigenous voices from across the country, including from the far north, from our francophone regions, from the rez and from the city.  We also want to show the diversity of our communities, and we seek writers of different ages, genders, abilities and orientations. Writing that is connected to oral traditions is welcome, and non-standard formats are fine.  The use of Indigenous language(s) in your work and translations are also welcome.

Deadline for submission is December 15, 2017, and chosen work will be published in the ndncountry special issue in Fall 2018 and paid for upon publication. 

With your submission, please include a brief statement of your Indigenous heritage.  A requirement of our funders is that writers should be residents of the territory claimed by Canada.

Regardless of how you submit, please make sure that you clearly indicate that you are submitting to ndncountry. Also, please include all your contact information and a 3-5 line bio.

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