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Contact: a new open submission edited by Hannah Black
5 January 2018 - 1 March 2018

‘Contact’ is a new series guested edited by Hannah Black and selected from open submission. Black and Book Works will select three projects to commission for publication in 2019.

Deadline for submissions 1 March 2018

‘This is a call for submissions to work with me and the editorial team at Book Works on a project that takes the form of a small book. This book can comprise fiction, theory, poetry, fragments, drawings, texts, graphic novels, annotated drawings, poems, diagrams, or anything else. The very loose theme is contact.

‘I’m looking for works that encounter the complications of encounter: friendship/enmity, scenes, screens, movements, moments of togetherness. Contact can span from moments of intensity to networks of alienation, from the professional to the personal, from the colonial to the queer, from the stranger to the extra-terrestrial.

‘Contact can be a word for wordless physical closeness, whether sex or violence, or for conversation. I would like it to indicate an aspect of the shared everyday – just kind of rubbing along together, hanging out, in our many configurations – or else, as a noun (“add to contacts”), it can signal individuals as possibilities, as usages. It can interrupt a loss, as when word unexpectedly comes from a missing person, or pierce a plenum, as in sci-fi movies where aliens reach out or invade, or when colonisers do the same in known reality. I’m using contact to mean the ever-present possibility that the social just is, that it’s there, an indifferent medium, an amniotic fluid for whatever the life among us is pregnant with. But you can write about any of these things or none of them or whatever they make you think of.’
– Hannah Black

Hard copy submissions only:
• Cover sheet with your name, address, email, and phone number.
• Proposed outline of no more than 500 words.
• 1000 word sample of the project outlined for publication in the ‘Contact’ series.
• No more than 4 examples of previous and relevant work.
• One-page CV

Selection will be made by Hannah Black and Book Works and announced by the end of April 2018.

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For more information please download an Application and Equal Opportunities form here

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