We invite fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction and poetry exploring the kindness of strangers.
The kindness of strangers . . . It isn't earned. It isn't a right. It cannot happen in the same way in the same place twice. It can change your life. It can be the bus driver who stops when you're standing there crying after losing a job and opens the door and says, "You look beautiful when you cry." The businessman you ask directions from, who understands you don't know the language, so takes you by the hand and walks you to your destination with no sense of urgency. The child who invites the new boy at school to play with him. The white-haired mechanic who leaves his Sunday dinner to find a bolt to stabilize your tire so you can get home. It can be opening your own home to a family in crisis. Running to someone's aid after an accident. Complimenting someone on their colorful hijab or interesting tattoo. Carrying someone's groceries. Having the time and interest to hear someone out on the metro or waiting room.
When and where in your life have you experienced the kindness of strangers? When have you demonstrated it? Why? How did you respond to the experience at the time? What sense do you make of it now? How has the experience shaped—or reshaped—your view of the world and of your place in it?
We invite writers of all ages and cultures to help us explore this theme.
We are eclectic in our choices, but have a special interest in well-developed prose, whether fiction or non-fiction, rather than flash fiction or short sketches.
Deadline: September 1, 2016
We make final editorial submissions on all submitted manuscripts only after the submission deadline.
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.
SIBLINGS: Our First Macrocosm A Wising Up Anthology
Our families, especially our siblings, provide our first macrocosm. How much of that experience do we carry out into the world as part of our deepest, inchoate expectations of the world or of ourselves? What happens to us as adults when we return to these first numinous macrocosms trying to understand how they still shape our ways of being? Read more. . .
READING Wednesday, June 1, 2016 7:00 pm SIBLINGS: Our First Macrocosm Porter Square Books 25 White St, Cambridge, MA 02140
Emily Rubin, Sarah Bartlett, Gray Held, Susan Mahan, MIchele Markarian
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
THE LASTING WEIGHT OF FELONY A Wising Up Listening Project
To explore the lasting social consequences of felony convictions, we are creating a book that combines first person accounts of people with felony convictions—both when serving their sentences and afterwards, including those who have successfully reintegrated and those who have not—along with the stories of the many other people involved in these cases. If you have a story to share, know someone who does, would like to contribute interviews to the project, or are just concerned about the issue, READ MORE.
As part of this project we are also considering well-written, single-authored book-length manuscripts of poetry, fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction that explore the reality of reentry and the lasting weight of felony convictions from multiple perspectives. For further information, write us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 404/276-6046.
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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? Learn More
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.