Alphabet City Open Call for Submissions, 2009-2013
Alphabet City is currently accepting submissions for its anthologies, festivals, and websites on the following annual topics:
Alphabet City challenges us to rethink ideas central to our lives. With each edition writers and artists address a single theme from many perspectives, revealing its processes and possibilities.
Alphabet City appears every Fall in three forms: an anthology co-published with The MIT Press; an arts and ideas festival in Toronto; and our website alphabet-city.org. AbC invites proposals for each of these venues, including all manner of images and writing for the anthologies, performing arts and exhibition projects for the festivals, and video, audio, and interactive content for the website.
For the best chance at consideration, proposals should be sent as soon as possible. Space in the anthology is limited and is quickly filled; proposals should be received no later than December 15 of the year before publication. Proposals for the festival should be received (at the latest) by June of the publication year, but earlier is always better. Projects for future and past topics on the Alphabet City web site may be submitted at any time.
Submissions may only be made by registering at our submissions web page:
For more information on Alphabet City, go to:
Descriptions for the next two editions:
WATER is the chemical matrix required for life, the molecular chain that connects all organisms on this planet. Today the Earth’s water–transportation conduit, industrial feedstock, agricultural necessity–is coming under new pressures. From the nano (eg, the migration of pharmaceutical molecules through the hydrological system) to the macro (a ballooning global population combined with climate change means intensified competition for this already scarce resource), water is at risk. Examining every aspect of H2O, from the mythic to the infrastructural, WATER considers the current state of this most vital substance. We invite submissions on these and any other aspects of water.
AIR, the thin layer of atmosphere that clings to the surface our planet, is a limited and corruptible aether. Air is in constant, restless migration around the globe, connecting us in the most intimate fashion. Air currents now bring Saharan sands that turn China yellow and smog from Chinese factories hovers over Los Angeles. Smog itself has a rich history, literary and otherwise, since we have been cloaking our cities in it since at least the 19th century. Air has thus long been the ultimate commons. Breathing air an autonomous function of the brainstem, but keeping the air breathable requires acts of political will. The state of the planet’s air poses a challenge to international governance in an era that has seen globalization erode the regulatory capacities of nation-states. We invite submissions on these and any other aspects of air.
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Watch for Alphabet City no. 13, FUEL, appearing in bookstores October 2008, and Alphabet City Festival 2008: FUEL in November.
Order FUEL online at:
4 3/4 x 6 1/4, 320 pp., 200 color illus.