26 December 2010

Call for Literary Submissions/ Memoirs: Naturalized Women Naturalized Citizens Anthology

Post date: 26 December 2010
Deadline: 15 January 2011

We invite moving and well-written stories, poems, and memoirs and oral histories on how you came to be a naturalized U. S. citizen:

The purpose of this anthology is to help native born U.S. citizens understand the complex, varied, and valuable experiences of naturalized U.S. citizens.

What happens to our understanding of ourselves and our place in society when we make the decision, as an individual and as a woman, to commit ourselves to a different social structure from the one in which we were raised? We are especially interested in the experiences of women who have chosen to become U.S. citizens and the impact this conscious commitment has had on them and their families. Does it change what has felt to us to be natural, unquestioned, in our own upbringing and development - or that of our daughters?

Some of us come to the States intentionally, desirous of and prepared for citizenship, some of us find ourselves here because we love someone else (parents, sibling, or spouse) who has that clear intention, or we come because we are escaping something worse and have been placed here, willy nilly, as refugees or economic migrants. Whatever the route to this decision, at the point we become a citizen we are making a choice and a commitment that are now uniquely our own. We not only engage with but are committed to the promotion of certain values that may fit us as poorly as borrowed clothes or as close as a second skin.

Here are some dimensions we invite you to explore:

* What were the key steps in your own journey to citizenship? Did some, or most, of them take place after you became a citizen? What changed in your thinking, your assumptions, your hopes and your goals on the way? What people and events had decisive impact on your choice to become a citizen?

* What do you as a woman wish to preserve of the customs and social arrangements of your culture of origin and why? How do you reconcile these customs and social arrangements with the core American assumptions of individual equality and the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?

* What makes you feel like a full American citizen with equal rights with native born U.S. citizens?

* What makes you feel like a natural woman, in tune with your own deepest drives and priorities? Do these have anything to do with the values of the countries in which you have held citizenship? Are they in any way related to citizenship itself?

* What have you learned about being a woman and about citizenship from your own mothers? If your mothers have made decisions around citizenship themselves, how has their journey been similar to, and different from, your own?

* Who understands what you are going through? Who doesn't have a clue?

* How, so far, have you used your vote?

JOIN US IF YOU HAVE AN INTERESTING STORY TO SHARE - EVEN IF YOUR DON'T LIKE TO WRITE. We are also conducting personal interviews for women who may not feel comfortable writing themselves, so if you want to share your story, please call us - 404-276-6046 - or e-mail us and we will work with you to include your story in the anthology. We also encourage second generation women with greater English fluency to interview their mothers and grandmothers who have become naturalized citizens and have stories and reflections to share.

USE A PSEUDONYM IF THAT MAKES YOU FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE SHARING YOUR STORY. We encourage the use of pseudonyms if that makes you feel more secure because we want you to feel comfortable sharing your story.


Deadline: January 15, 2011

We make final editorial submissions on all submitted manuscripts only after the submission deadline.

Electronic submissions only. Word or RTF. Prose ≤5,000 words. Poetry ≤5 poems. Payment in copies. Submit manuscripts electronically: naturalwoman@universaltable.org

We consider dual submissions and previously published work only if informed of this at time of submission.

We do not pay reprint fees and it is author's responsibility to get needed permissions.

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