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Call for Submissions: 2020 Is Not Our Final Year

October 1, 2019 - October 15, 2019

SUBMISSIONS: October 1 – December 31
Political discourse is disappointing. Everyone knows this.

You start a conversation wanting to talk about the needs of your community, your community’s aspirations, the things that can be done to support its mutual flourishing–but somehow it all ends up being about some candidate or another every damn time. The real, concrete thing from your lived life that focuses your political concern gets lost in partisanship, in talk about electability, in anxiety about victory and loss. You get the sense that Election Day is your one chance to make a difference, and you also get the sense that all of this is very wrong.

It’s wrong because things are not all right in America, and they won’t be made right by an election, and the most oppressed have known this for a long time. After the election’s over, we’ll still have each other and the work ahead of us.

If an election is some form of distraction, then what is it a distraction from? What are we actually trying to talk about when we talk about the election? Scuppernong Editions is seeking written work that explores the personal and political subjects that election talk doesn’t abide. We want to hear about the struggles, goals, and aspirations that don’t usually make it into political discourse, but which will nonetheless define American life for the foreseeable future. We are accepting submissions of written work across genres–fiction, poetry, essays, creative non-fiction–to be compiled in a brief anthology, under the title “2020 Is Not Our Final Year.”

Our guidelines are as follows:

– We will summarily reject any and all work that is essentially an argument in favor of or against a specific political candidate, party or ideology.
– Prose submissions should be no more than 4000 words; poems may be up to three manuscript pages in length.
– Particular consideration will be given to work that reflects insights from the full spectrum of contemporary American experience.
– Submissions may not have been previously published in journals or magazines.
– No reading fee is associated with this call for submissions.
– Scuppernong Editions will accept submissions through its online submissions manager at

A total of ten submissions will be selected for publication by the editorial staff of Scuppernong Editions, an independent small press publisher based in Greensboro, NC.

Authors selected for publication will receive two copies of the final anthology. In lieu of royalties, a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of “2020 Is Not Our Final Year” will be donated to a national non-profit, to be decided.


October 1, 2019
October 15, 2019


Scuppernong Books
304 S Elm St
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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