Monday, June 4, 2012

Hugo House Reading and Celebration

Seattle friends, join contributors Marci Ameluxen, Holly Hughes, Sibyl James, Ellaraine Lockie, Marjorie Manwaring, Lisa Ohlen Harris, and Jenelle Tabor as they read excerpts from Becoming: What Makes a Woman at Richard Hugo House June 26 at 7:00 PM.

Richard Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Becoming Reading April 10 on Orcas Island

If you live in the San Juan Islands, several of the writers from the anthology Becoming: What Makes a Woman will read at Darvill's Bookstore on Orcas Island on Tuesday, April 10, at 7:00 pm. Darvill's is an utterly charming shop -- the quintessential independent bookstore -- with an excellent selection of books, including the Becoming anthology.

And if you're in the Seattle area, save the date for a reading at Richard Hugo House on June 26th.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Becoming Anthology Released!

On International Women's Day, we're very pleased to announce the release of Becoming: What Makes a Woman from the University of Nebraska Gender Programs. Authored by women, the anthology is filled with personal stories of the most crucial moments in the author's lives--sometimes harrowing, sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes haunting. Read about a war correspondent in Iraq, an awkward visit to an ex-husband's new commune, a woman facing an arranged marriage, the first female on an all-male college swim team, and other life-transforming events. Available through your local bookstore, and on

Monday, September 19, 2011

Publication Spring 2012

Just a quick update to let everyone know the University of Nebraska Gender Programs will publish Becoming: What Makes a Woman in Spring 2012. They have also approved a companion anthology of men's essays and poetry, Being: What Makes a Man. The call for submissions for that text will go out soon. The two books are intended as texts for teaching Composition and Rhetoric, Gender Studies, and Creative Nonfiction.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Second Tier Editorial Review

The Becoming anthology second-tier editorial review has taken place, and we are in the process of notifying submitters. We will then determine the order of the manuscript, and after the start of the year draft our book proposal. If the publisher we have in mind accepts the book, it will see print in another 1-1/2 to 2 years. If they decline on the book, the University of Nebraska Gender Programs has committed to publishing, so either way, we have a publisher.

The essays and poems we received share stunning, moving stories. One of the most difficult things I've ever done has been to pass on publishing all of the great writing that came our way. What a smart bunch of talented writers who submitted to the anthology! I'm eager to share their writing with you when the anthology is finally in book form.

Thank you to everyone who sent us your work!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Status Update - Still Working though the Submissions

Thanks everyone for your patience as the editorial board works our way through the tremendous number of submissions we've received. Each submission is read by at least three editors to ensure a thorough and fair reading of your work. The process is slow, and we appreciate your understanding at how long it takes as we are all volunteers doing this in our spare time. It's a labor of love, and we surely do love reading the touching essays and poems we've received.
Thanks again,

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!