Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Call for Submissions

The University of Nebraska Gender Programs / Women's Center is publishing the anthology Becoming, edited by Jill McCabe Johnson. The editors seek personal narratives and a small number of poems relaying the story of a formative experience that helped shape the woman you've become.

Please send one personal narrative or one autobiographical poem to:
     becominganthology [at] gmail [dot] com

Files must be in .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .rtf formats. Files should be named with the word poetry or prose followed by the author’s last name. For example:

     "Prose_Gonzalez.doc" or "Poetry_Albrecht-Hanes.pdf"

Poems should be one page or less. Personal narratives can be up to 1,000 words. Please note: only a handful of poems will be selected for the anthology. No fiction, please, only your own personal story.

In your email, please include:
  1. Name
  2. Address
  3. Email address
  4. Phone
  5. Title of submission
  6. Genre
  7. If your submission was previously published please include the publication title, edition, and date
Contributors will be paid with one copy of the anthology. Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2010.

Thank you. We look forward to reading your work!


  1. Hi, this sounds interesting. Does the author retain the copyright to her work? Thanks.

  2. Hi Chantal,
    Yes, authors retain copyrights. We only ask rights to publish in the anthology, including reprints, if any, and for publicity purposes.
    Thanks for asking!

  3. Is two columns on one sheet acceptable? There are only 307 words...but the line spacing is important to me...and it is not really suitable for prose...thank you!

  4. is two colums on one sheet acceptable? it is only 307 words, but the line spacing is important and prose does not work for me on this...thank you!

  5. Hi Kat,
    Thanks for discussing your submission with me (via email). It sounds like we're squared away, so I'll look forward to seeing it.
    Thanks again!

  6. Jill, thank you for providing this forum. I will be submitting shortly. Sincerely, robmas

  7. Hi, do we post in comments section, or is there a separate email address to send our prose or poems?

  8. Jill,

    I just emailed my prose entry to you -- I hope that it is in the correct format (it looked like it both attached as a document and printed in the body of the email).
    I'd appreciate it if you acknowledged receipt and let me know if you need any additional info.
    I didn't notice what bio. info that you'd like.
    I really enjoyed the opportunity to write this piece and hope that it will be included in your anthology.
    With Warm Regards,

  9. >>Barbara -- I don't see a last name with your post. If this was Barbara Lloyd, yes, we did receive your submission. Thanks! If this was from a different Barbara, please email me at becominganthology (at) gmail (dot) com, and include your last name in your message.
    Thank you,

  10. Hi Jill,

    I really enjoyed writing about this subject as well and I hope you received my submission. I also hope my subject matter would fit the anthology. I wasn't sure what ideas would fit. I had to use my husband's Google account as my profile since I did not see a Yahoo option.

    Margaret Auguste

  11. Hi Jill,
    I submitted an essay via email last week, and just wanted to check to make sure it's been received, as I have not yet received an acknowledgment. The submission is entitled "A Change of Plan". Thanks

    Cara Holman

  12. Dear Jill

    what is the deadline for submission? I've just seen the CFS. I didn't know what to put in the"profile," so I put anonymous but I'm really

    Juanita Garciagodoy
    in Minneapolis

  13. Dear Juanita,

    The deadline was March 31. We can still read prose submissions through the end of April, though. At this point, we aren't looking for more poetry. We received many terrific poems, far more than we can possibly use.

    If it's helpful, here are a few other things to watch out for:
    1) Lessons--stories of pivotal experiences are great, but having the lesson spelled out for the reader isn't necessary
    2) Vagaries and abstractions--specific, detailed, sensory stories that let the reader feel what the author experienced can make for some unforgettable reading
    3) Tributes to one's mother, father, grandparents, teacher, etc.
    4) Stories of abuse--we have recieved a tremendous number of hearbreaking stories of ways in which the authors were maltreated. We admire them for what they've overcome, and for becoming the strong yet caring women they are today. From an editorial perspective there simply isn't room for all the touching stories we've received, so odds are better if you submit on a topic we haven't received a lot of already

    Hope you'll send us something by the end of April...


  14. Is there an update on the anthology? How long do you expect it will take to notify the submitters? I am not trying to be pushy, just curious. Thanks. :)

  15. yes, just curious as to when we might expect a response and if we will receive all-important feedback on subs?
    Robin Masullo

  16. Dear Jill,

    I know it takes time and careful consideration to select pieces for an anthology. I'm just wondering, though, if you might give us an idea of where things stand with regard to submissions. Thank you so much, Susan Hodges