Call for Essays
Just Like a Girl: A Manifesta!
The latest offering from GirlChild Press is intended to be a rough and tumble, sassy, wickedly clever kick-ass anthology.
Where Growing Up Girl: An Anthology of Voices from Marginalized Spaces was a meditation on the state of girlhood; Just Like a Girl is meant to highlight the clever girls, the funny girls, the girls who don’t ask for permission and take up as much room as they damn well like. She is the girl who knows there is no sin in being born one; and that in spite of all evidence and current belief systems girl/woman does not equal weak.
Said girl doesn’t have to be a super hero, but she has hit a few balls out of the park, cursed out a couple trash talking construction workers, and took a few racist, homophobic, misogynistic folks to task. Ultimately, she knows how to pick herself up and brush herself off.
She’s a feminist. 2nd Wave. 3rd Wave. No Wave.
She’s high maintenance.
She has read the Patriot Act. She understands it.
She recognizes that people’s lives fall apart, but with time and some Elmer’s glue it all works itself out.
She’s an urban girl. A country girl.
She lives in a square state. A blue state. A red state.
She seriously ponders what are the SAT scores of those girls grinding in the music videos. She is the girl in the music video.
She has the perfect plan on how to break up with a boyfriend and how not to lose her cool when her 38 triple D bra snaps in the middle of a cocktail party.
She’s a 25th century girl.
She knows the words to Roberta Flack’s Killing Me Softly.
She secretly pinches her best friend’s bratty three year old.
She is a cashier at WALMART.
She’s the second chair flute in her 8th grade band.
She marches on Washington
She makes fun of vegans
She has 6,000 friends on myspace.com
She still hides the tattoo that she got at senior beach week from her mother – she’s 42.
She writes for herself. She writes for her sister. She writes for the girls still not born.
Think of Just Like a Girl as a travelogue for the bumpy, powerful, action packed world of girlhood.
Tell a secret.
Reveal a lie
Go tell it on the mountain.
You get the point.
So cast a net and see what the day’s catch brings
Deadline: September 30, 2007
The anthology is open to any subject matter.
Work is especially welcomed from new and emerging writers.
Contributors may submit up to three pieces.
Essays and short stories should be no longer than 3,000 words.
Poems should have the contributor’s name on each page
Sci-fi is encouraged!
Send your work to firstname.lastname@example.org
Attachments should be titled with your name and the email subject should be Just Like a Girl.
PO Box 93
Hyattsville, MD 20781
Please include a brief bio and a mailing address.
Contributors will receive a copy of the anthology and the opportunity to read at the official Spring 2008 booksigning.
For more information on Michelle Sewell and the press check out www.girlchildpress.com