Ends on September 1, 2017

In the wake of an annual honoring of this country, we are reopening submissions to our Spotlight Series, We Make America Great.

Controversy after controversy in the first year of his presidency has proven that the behavior of Trump and his administration is deceitful, corrupt and abusive. Being persecuted and threatened by those in power meant to defend our liberties is nothing new to Americans who are racial, sexual or religious minorities. But the traumatic impact of a bigot ascending to our highest public office is undeniable. In the immediate aftermath of the 2016 U.S Presidential election, many of us were rightfully stunned, outraged and reactionary. We received many powerful submissions dealing with the numbness, confusion and indignation of those first few weeks. But we have now had seven months to reflect. We stand by our commitment to publish work that empowers people to speak out against injustices in our country.


For that reason we are re-opening submissions for We Make America Great. Send us your poetry, prose and artwork detailing your personal experiences with oppression, your ways of practicing self-care, of protecting yourself and others in a political climate notoriously hostile towards minority groups. We will publish these works alongside the initial response pieces to create a literary time capsule expressing what marginalized Americans are thinking and feeling during this historic year. A reminder to ourselves and to the world that we exist and we matter.


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We Make America Great is a direct fuck-you to Donald Trump. It is a collection in response to Election Day’s grim results. The world is terrifying right now. Our lives, as well as the lives of our families, friends, and neighbors, are in immediate danger. The physical representation of white supremacy has just been elected President of the United States. We Make America Great is in immediate resistance to that.

We want this space to provide hope and to inspire dissent. We want this space to be a duality: love despite hate. This feature will celebrate the people and communities that built the American Dream and continuously fight for space within it. Communities of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, the immigrant community, the disabled community, lower-income communities and on and on. Our immigrant mothers. Our queer best friends. Our Muslim neighbors. The undocumented. Those fighting to protect water in North Dakota. This space praises and treasures all that Donald Trump and his supporters do not.

We are devoted to the destruction of the dangerous, violent rhetoric spouted by the supporters of Donald Trump. Already, there have been documented hate crimes enacted in Trump's name. If nothing else, this election made it very clear the current state of this nation. The American Ideal is dead but we are not. The fight against oppressive systems is impossible until it is not. The fight for equality and justice is impossible until it is not.

We will be accepting submissions of poetry, prose, visual art, as well as audio and video/film submissions. 

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POETRY

Please send up to five unpublished poems in a singular submission with no identifying information (name, email, phone number, etc) on the documents you upload to Submittable. 

All poems should be formatted as Times New Roman, size 12, single spaced.

In your cover letter, please provide a short biography and a statement of what you hope this feature will accomplish. 


PROSE

Please send up to two pieces of prose in one file with no identifying information (name, email, phone number, etc) on the document you upload to Submittable. 

The pieces should be formatted as Times New Roman, size 12, double spaced.

In your cover letter, please provide a short biography and a statement of what you hope this feature will accomplish. 


VISUAL ART

Please send up to ten pieces of  art (including but not limited to paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, and film stills) in one submission with no identifying information included anywhere on your submission.

In your cover letter, please provide a short biography, an artist statement, and a statement of what you hope this feature will accomplish. 


FILM / AUDIO

Please send up to two audio or video pieces in one submission with no identifying information included anywhere on the submission

In your cover letter, please provide a short biography, an artist statement, and a statement of what you hope this feature will accomplish. 

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