New CONNECTED:What Remains As We All Change A Wising Up Anthology
In this anthology, thirty-two talented writers invite us to explore with them, through story, memoir, and poetry, what remains as we all change—within families, between friends, between lovers, through childhood, adolescence, adulthood, career change, gender change, marriage, parenthood, divorce, illness, disability, and death. The writing here is strikingly mature—and moving—whether the writer is nineteen or ninety . . .
January 1-31: Accepting Submissions March 15: Final Decisions
At each submission period, we hope to select 2-3 books to be published within the following year. This is not a contest. If no manuscripts are appropriate, none are selected.
We consider completed, individually authored manuscripts: novels, short story collections, memoirs, creative non-fiction, and full-length poetry collections. We don't consider edited collections or book proposals.
Books need to fall under one of the subject areas the press focuses on: Creative Acculturation; Pluralism in Families; Social and Psychological Resilience; Illness and Meaning; Creative Aging; Listening Across Faith Traditions.
The question at the heart of Epiphanies is: What does it mean to be human when the definition of human is in flux? . . . Whether she is writing about a scientific discovery or the painting of the Mona Lisa, Housley seeks in her poetry to provide a breathing space for understanding and compassion. READ MORE
NEW PUBLICATION - Fiction GERMS OF TRUTH A book about life, death and families of all ages, stages, and orientation – and sperm banks . . .
In this engaging and thoughtful collection of short stories, we find people of all ages trying to make sense—poignant, often funny, sometimes wise—of the many, changing ways they intersect as parents, children, and families from conception to death. READ MORE
A GENTLE REMINDER FOR WRITERS
We read all submissions with care because we value the time, effort, and aspirations of our writers. We ask that writers who submit show us the same consideration. Before submitting, please read the Call for Submissions carefully to make sure that the work you are submitting truly fits the theme in content matter and in tone, for we are more than a literary press, we are one with a clear social commitment to finding the We in Them, the Us in You. We want work that has emotional depth and complexity and that invites us, ultimately, into wiser relation with each other.
We suggest you browse through our list of subjects and then our library and read excerpts from some of our other anthologies, as well as our mission statement - A Welcoming Philosophy - on the home page and our reasons for founding the Wising Up Press. If you are interested in the Writers Collective, we provide extensive information about that as well.
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ABOUT WISING UP PRESS
We decided to create a small press to expand and support our various Universal Table programs - and because we love the written word, especially when it is used passionately and authentically to explore themes of abiding importance to us as individuals and as a society. Many of our publications focus on literature by contemporary writers because of the power of narrative to help us identify safely with others who may at first seem, by appearance or circumstances or culture, very different from us. Stories make the world feel more manageable by increasing our ability to tolerate suffering, to experience empathy, to marry hope and pain in a way that honors the reality in each of them. Stories teach us, in the very listening, in the very act of identifying with the storyteller, or the characters, that the existence of other points of view is a richness not a danger. In our own lives, most of us find it difficult to tell stories that have good roles for all of us, that can see our differences, however profound, as mysterious, unpredictable, but ultimately gracious - an invitation into a blessing story larger than any one of us can write alone. We want our publications to serve as an invitation to stand in that richer relation - empathic, musing, open to new meaning - with ourselves and with our neighbors.
We see our books, especially our Wising Up Anthologies, as catalysts for community, a way of deepening the conversations that develop through the shared experience of reading, especially around areas of sticky, or strident, social concern. What can we discuss through the mysterious mediation of a book that we cannot do directly?