Paradise to Regain: Insights from Women Educators of the Black Diaspora

deadline for submissions: 
February 28, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Book Harushimana

We are calling on Black women educators–African Americans, Naturalized Black Americans, and Foreign-born Blacks from Africa, the Caribbean Islands and South America--to bring forth their stories of Paradise Gained and Lost through the meanings that they assign to the 2008 and 2016 elections and, perhaps, related elections that have impacted their role as parents, educators and role models for black children.  We are inviting stories that tell of the greatness of the Mother continent and the invincibility of the African spirit of courage and bravery and how they shaped the authors’ identities and their attitudes towards White domination.

THE SUGGESTED STRUCTURE OF THE CHAPTERS
While the central theme should be the meaning of the 2008 and 2016 elections from a black woman perspective, chapter contributors are free to choose the direction of their story. We are looking for stories of 2500 words that are:

  • Non-academic in tone (i.e., the story must be written in simple language understandable to an average high school student (native and non-native English speaker);
  • Historical in perspective (i.e., evocative of important historical events that have shaped the African, African-American, or West Indian politics)
  • Subjective in stance (i.e., informed by the author’s personal experience)
  • Inspirational in tenor (i.e., meant to inspire young generations of black and brown children)
  • Didactic in purpose (i.e., that convey a lesson to black youth about the black struggle)

While we are discouraging the use of academic theories, we do believe in the insertion of powerful messages and words of wisdom from people we look up to as our heroes—our parents, civil rights leaders, freedom fighters, activists, artists, teachers, etc.
            The concluding section should convey the author’s reflection on their special role as educators of and role models to brown and brown children under the prevailing political climate

SUBMISSION TERMS

  1. Each potential submission must conform to a word limit of 2,500 words.
  2. The chapters must all be written in prose (poems or diaries will not  be accepted)
  3. Authors will have to conform to the publishing and formatting guidelines that will be sent with submission acceptance, and they must agree to adhere to all deadlines.
  4. Proposals will be due by 23:59 EST of the specified date (Eastern Standard Time).
  5. The proposals (500-750 words maximum) should provide
    a- contact information for the authors,
    b- a working title,
    c- which section of the volume the proposer would like to submit to,
    d- a brief write up of preliminary thoughts and key talking points, and
    e- a statement that the following timeline can be adhered to (the volume is timely and we want to ensure that  the book can be released as soon as possible). 

     

    TIMELINE (All outgoing correspondences and submissions will be due DUE by 23:59 PM EST)

    Month

    Date

    Action

    February

    28th

    Proposals Due

    April

    15th

    Feedback on Proposals Sent to Authors

    June

    30th

    First Draft Due to Corresponding Editor

    September       

    30th

    Feedback on Drafts Sent to Authors

    October

    30th

    Revisions Due to Corresponding Editor

    November

    30th

    Any Follow-Up Revisions Requested by Editors Sent

    December

    15th

    Final Revisions Due Back to Corresponding Editor

    December 

    31th

    Final Book Manuscript Sent to Publisher