CFP: Puppetry International/ The Marionette; deadline Dec. 1

full name / name of organization: 
Dassia Posner/ Puppetry International
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Puppetry International magazine seeks articles for our upcoming issue (#27), the theme of which is the Marionette. We are looking for brief essays (2,000 words including notes and bibliography) about puppets worked from above by strings, rods, cables or other means. We are interested in articles that address topics such as the following: What are the performance effects of mixing marionettes and actors? What special issues are germane to the design and manipulation of marionettes? How do unique marionette traditions (Opera dei Pupi, Kathputli, etc.) emerge from their cultures or influence the cultures in which they have developed? What are new movements and innovations in the world of marionettes -- including technology? We also seek interviews with (or profiles of) contemporary artists outside the traditional scope of puppetry or who use marionette techniques in large-scale creations. Articles for the peer-reviewed section of Puppetry International should demonstrate rigorous scholarly research and analysis, but also appeal to PI's wide audience.

Puppetry International is the bi-annual publication of UNIMA-USA, the United States chapter of the Union Internationale de la Marionette, the world's oldest theater organization. Each issue explores a different theme; recent issues have addressed puppetry's relationships to text, dance, opera, spirituality, sexuality, and propaganda. We initiated a peer-reviewed section of the magazine in 2007 in order to encourage more scholarly writing about puppets and related performance forms.

Submission deadline for peer review: December 1, 2009.
Deadline for general submissions (reviews, profiles, opinion-based pieces, etc.; no peer review): February 1, 2010.

Please send essays as Microsoft Word attachments in RTF format to Dassia Posner ( and to Andrew Periale ( In order to ensure blind review, please include your name, contact information and a brief biography on a separate cover page.

Articles should be 2,000 words or less. Use of images is encouraged (300 dpi). Submissions should be in MLA format.

Contributors receive a copy of the magazine and retain the copyright to their work; minor publication expenses can be covered as well.

The possibility exists for publication of a longer version of an article (as well as bibliography, additional images, etc.) on our website, but initial submissions should be within the 2,000 word limit.

Please contact Dassia Posner if you have questions ( For further information on Puppetry International see