The City: A Place of Acceptance or Adversity - Call for Submissions Topic for Online Literary Publication

“This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are.” One of Plato’s most famous, yet unidentifiable, quotes still manages to be applicable in today’s societal framework. Depending on what it offers, a city can be prosperous and accepting for some while simultaneously being alienating and even adversarial for others. This duality influences the perception and reputation of the city as individuals will react in accordance to what the city offers. Hence, the city’s identity, in theory, should be reflective of the mentalities and behaviours of the collective individual(s).

For Workman Arts’ second online literary publication, members are encouraged to bring ideas (via poetry, prose and visual arts) which address the perception of the city. Some questions to consider (but do not necessarily need to be covered) are the following: Is it a communal oasis where everyone has equal opportunity? Or does the city contain an inherent hierarchy privileging selective individuals? Does the city represent every individual, or does it centralize around a specific, superficial image? Other topics which can be included, but are not limited to, for this publication are:

  • The City as a cultural community
  • Multiculturalism-or lack thereof
  • Personal anecdotes about living in the city
  • Comparing urban to rural
  • Current events, policies and politics which influence city life
  • The representation of the individual
  • The City and its treatment of the natural environment
  • Distribution of wealth and classes reflected in layout of the City
  • Liveliness vs desertion.

Format, Deadlines and Incentives 

Workman Arts members can submit a maximum of two separate works (poetry, prose and visual arts) for consideration. In regards to length, each piece can range from 1-3 pages. Please note, however, that only one piece of work per person will be included in the actual publication. Along with each submission, members are required to provide a 50-75 word bio including brief information about themselves (preferred name, background information, interests, etc.). Files need to be saved in PDF format and sent as an attachment to michael.baichoo@ryerson.ca.

The deadline to submit pieces for consideration is Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by midnight. Members will receive notification via email if their work has been selected for publication on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 by 9:00am. For the accepted pieces, members will receive an artist honorarium (to be later determined in accordance with how many submissions are accepted). In addition, members with accepted pieces will also be required to sign a contract, detailing the honorarium for their piece and its use for the online publication for Workman Arts.

Contact

If you would like to submit a piece for consideration, but are not sure where to start, please contact Michael via email. He is available to meet and discuss potential ideas Monday-Friday from 11:45am-12:45pm. Please send an email first to michael.baichoo@ryerson.ca to arrange for a meeting to discuss any questions you may have.

Feel free to also look at last year’s online publication, “Firsts, Starts and Beginnings” to view accepted past works.