AIDS Anthology Call for Submissions

28 May 2009

A multi-cultural, multi-national, and multi-community anthology of literary criticism, critical essays, poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, creative writings, and visual art on HIV and AIDS.

Edited by Kelly Norman Ellis and M L Hunter
A project of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University
Published by Third World Press.

Scheduled to be released World AIDS Day 2009.
Deadline for submissions: Friday, August 14, 2009

There have been great strides implemented in the research, treatment, care, and social awareness (both nationally and internationally) of HIV and AIDS. However, the critical dialogue needed to eradicate this disease seems to have dissipated. This anthology seeks to push this life-threatening issue into the consciousness of not only America, but also the world. The current climate in America, under the Obama administration, is hope and change. So what does that mean for a disease that is tied to human sexuality, morality, and the need to feel love and acceptance?

The editors are seeking creative writing in the genres of poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, memoir writing and journaling as well as visual art that explore the intersection of the human condition with HIV and AIDS. The editors are also seeking artwork in the mediums of photography, fine and graphic arts. We are particularly interested in a vast array of literary criticism that provides social commentary and theoretical and pedagogical models that assist in understanding HIV and AIDS past and present. We also are interested in interviews with survivors and non-survivors of HIV and AIDS.

Submissions should be sent by email attachment to

A short biography including ethnic heritage and country of origin should be submitted along with your work.
Fiction submissions can be short stories or novel excerpts, and the nonfiction section is open to personal narratives and essays.

Scholarly essays should be no less than 5,000 words, and should not exceed 8,000 words. The length of other submissions may vary. We encourage authors to make the writing style of their submissions accessible to as wide a readership as possible, without sacrificing scholarly intellect.

Poetry submissions are limited to five poems maximum. We will accept re-prints of some poems. Please note if poems have been published elsewhere in cover letter.

Artwork submissions are open to all mediums, but pieces must be submitted electronically. Winning pieces are selected based on composition and originality.

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