call for issue on imprisonment: qarrtsiluni
- Contributions of nonfiction, poetry, short fiction, photographs,
digitized artwork, short films, original musical compositions, spoken
word recordings, and collaborative works are sought for an
imprisonment-themed issue of qarrtsiluni, edited by Ken Lamberton and
Ann E. Michael.
Is a prisoner simply in the lock-up, or locked up in a multitude of
ways? Penned, caged, in the slammer, shut off, closed down, barred and
gated, captive, detained, committed, incarcerated, in custody,
kidnapped, impounded, seized, snagged, pinched, restrained, jailed…
English offers hundreds of ways to name kinds of imprisonment —
physical, emotional, intellectual, metaphorical — perhaps because
something very basic within us rebels against containment, even when
it has its benefits. Like the seedling tree that pushes through
cliffside rock to reach sunlight, barriers are things we instinctively
push against and try to overcome. Perhaps we are all prisoners.
What are the objects, desires, laws, thoughts, that imprison us? Why
do we withhold ourselves; what holds us back? Must punishment be
linked to constraints; and where are our prisons of the mind, heart,
and place? Might there even be times when imprisonment is welcomed?
The editors ask writers and artists to engage in an exploration of the
idea and the physical experience of containment and to send work to us
that surprises and expands the notion of what it means to be a
The deadline for submissions is April 30. All submissions should go
through our submissions manager. People without easy access to the
internet, such as prisoners, may get someone else to submit on their
behalf. For this issue, we may be able to accommodate postal
submissions from prisoners as well, but please query first.
The size limits per submission this time are 3 poems, 4 images, 2
prose pieces at 1000 words maximum each, or any combination thereof.