Call for Submissions
How does the climate crisis and the 6th mass extinction impact upon questions of reproductive rights, our experiences of pregnancy and miscarriage, fertility and infertility, childbirth and birth-striking, parenthood and the decision not to become a parent?
The aim of the project is to create an anthology bringing together different voices and narratives about the experience of pregnancy, childbirth, childrearing and birth-striking in the climate crisis. We are currently seeking submissions from any and all perspectives: from parents and those who are childfree; from birth-strikers and those currently trying to get pregnant; from those exploring this question from an academic or fictional perspective and those whose perspective is more personal. We are interested in poems about experiences of pregnancy and miscarriage; in stories about raising children and about deciding not to have children; in narratives from those already suffering the worst impacts of the crisis and those who are watching events from afar; in essays which engage with the political, personal, philosophical and ethical implications of reproduction in the age of extinction.
All submissions will be considered for inclusion in the final anthology and will be subject to a review process. At this stage, we are exploring publication options: if your submission is accepted, we will contact you again to discuss copyright, and all submissions remain the copyright of the submitter until publication has been confirmed. However, we ask that you keep us informed if this is a simultaneous submission and/or your submission is accepted for publication elsewhere.
Submissions can be in the form of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, personal reflections, and graphic narratives.
All royalties from the sale of the anthology will be donated to Care, a charity which works particularly with women and girls at the forefront of the climate crisis.
- Prose submissions: approx. 2,000 words maximum
- Poetry submissions: approx. 100 lines maximum
- No more than 2 submissions per person
- Unpublished works are preferred; however, we will consider previously published works/reprints subject to copyright restrictions. Please indicate if you are submitting a previously published work
- Simultaneous submissions are accepted: however, please let us know that you are submitting elsewhere
- Deadline: 31st March 2020
- Please send all enquiries, expressions of interest and submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org or follow the link on our website https://to-be-or-not-