Rust Belt Tales: Growth, Death and Rebirth

full name / name of organization: 
About Place Journal

Request for submissions: About Place Journal; Issue #2 Rust Belt Tales
About Place is the new journal of the Black Earth Institute (www: The first issue, A River Runs Through Us, is now out and available for viewing (
The second issue will be Rust Belt Tales: Growth, Death and Rebirth. Rust Belt Tales seeks original unpublished literary essays, creative nonfiction, flash and other forms of fiction, poetry, photos and other media about that area of the American Midwest bordered roughly by Pittsburgh on the east, the quad cities of Illinois on the west, Minneapolis and the Iron range on the north and Cincinnati on the south. Tales can address the raw materials, the industries and the peoples who lived in the area or came for jobs and livelihood. Export of manufacturing and abandonment of cities has been devastating to the area and has impoverished its people. Rebirth has taken place in the movement of urban agriculture, green jobs, and the arts. New social arrangements include movements for sustainability, common interests and cooperation, nonautomotive transportation and immigration of new populations. Attention to spiritual relationships with land, water and people are fundamental to this renaissance.
Preference will be given to submissions that speak to the goals of the Black Earth Insitute, namely art serving the causes of spirituality, protecting the earth and social justice.
Submissions can include up to 3 poems and should not exceed 50 lines, essays, creative nonfiction and other prose should not exceed 4000 words. Submissions can be sent by going to About Place and clicking on submissions. All submissions must be accompanied by a bio of not more than 150 words within the cover letter box. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2012.
Contact Michael McDermott at for information about non-text media submissions and other questions.