CFP: [General] Call for Submissions: Anthology of Hip Hop Literature

full name / name of organization: 
Lisa D. Gray
contact email: 
ldgray2227@yahoo.com

Call for Submissions for an Anthology of Hip Hop Literature
This is an invitation to submit critical essays and short stories (or
novel excerpts) for inclusion in an anthology of Urban /Hip Hop
literature. The book will explore the genre of hip hop literature,
specifically fiction, through essays that focus on and examine its:
origin, its validity as a form of literary text, thematic commonalities,
validity as social text, and style. A portion of the book will be
comprised of examples (previously published and unpublished works) of the
genre.
Urban or Hip Hop Literature has been defined in many ways by many
different people and groups. For the purposes of this anthology, the
editor defines the genre as any work of fiction (short-story or novel)
that is written by an African American author between 1990 and the
present and that examines the life and lifestyle of “the street” and its
denizens. Some of the works that helped lay the groundwork for the genre
are Steve Cannon’s 1967 book, Groove, Bang and Jive Around and works by
Chester Himes’ and Iceberg Slim although Sister Soulja’s 1997 book, The
Coldest Winter Ever, is often cited as being its first and seminal
offering.
Some critics admonish offerings within the genre as being poorly written,
badly edited, one dimensional and lacking in style. While this may be
true of some of the work, as it is in any genre, is it indicative of all
the writers and books that have been published in the genre over the past
decade? The anthology will explore this question as well as present work
by both published and un-published authors.
Deadlines: Submissions for the anthology will be accepted from December
30, 2008 until February 23, 2009. Two types of submissions will be
accepted for review and possible inclusion in the anthology:
1) Critical Essays on one of the topic areas mentioned above. Essays
about other topics may be considered but should critically analyze some
aspect of the genre.

        Some topics essays might address include:
• Character Archetypes
• Setting
• Diction and Language
• Evolution of the genre
• Plot(s)
• Imagery and Symbolism
• Form

Essays that compare and contrast Urban/Hip hop literature with those from
other literary genres in terms of the above topics (or other topics) will
be considered.

Length: 10 to 15 pages – page numbers should appear on each page in the
top right corner with the author’s last name and essay title.
        
        Format: Single sided, dbl spaced, 12 pt font (preferably Arial),
1 inch margins
        Include a 200 word abstract and a brief (no more than 100 words)
bio of the author as a cover page. In the top left corner of the cover
page include the author’s:
• Essay Title
• Name
• Address
• Phone
• Email
•
2) Fiction in the form of short stories or novel excerpts.
        Length: 15 to 25 pages - page numbers should appear on each page
in the top right corner with the author’s last name and essay title

                Format: Single sided, dbl spaced, 12 pt font (preferably
Arial), 1 inch margins
        Include a brief (no more than 100 words) bio of the author as a
cover page. In the top left corner of the cover page, include the
author’s:
• Submission Title
• Name
• Address
• Phone
• Email
Please submit publication ready pieces only. No proposals or rough drafts
will be accepted.
All submissions will be reviewed by the editor, but only those accepted
for inclusion in the anthology will be contacted. Previously published
work may be considered but it is not necessary for the submission to have
been published elsewhere. If a work was previously published, please
include all publication information with the submission as a part of the
cover page.

File types:
*.pdf and *doc files types only preferably, *.pdf

Please email submissions to:

Lisa Gray
MFA Candidate
Mills College

lgray_at_mills.edu

You can also mail you submission to:
Lisa Gray
4475 23rd Street, Unit 8
San Francisco, CA 94114

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