Subscribe to Newsletter
Monthly Newsletter: Join more than 3,000 African literature enthusiasts!
Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our "Guide to African Novels."

Image via aerogramme writers studio

As a response to the #MeToo movement, Granta, one of the world’s most celebrated literary journals, is seeking submissions to its Summer 2018 issue on gender and patriarchy.

Read the call for submission below from Granta Editor Sigrid Rausing. It contains all the details you need to send in your work.

Good luck!

***

Dear all,

Granta 144, Summer 2018 – The patriarchy is crumbling… or is it?

As I write, #metoo has gone viral. Women and girls, and some men, are revealing the sexual abuse they have encountered. Many of the people who are now speaking out took sexual violence or inappropriate conduct for granted when it happened. When I was young, being touched up by strangers in a crowded carriage was normal. Wolf whistles from builders, too. Men exposed themselves in parks, and women were routinely belittled by male doctors and other professionals. Women in short skirts were seen as fair game – if a woman was anything other than modest and sober, she had it coming, people said, in compassion or contempt. Culture turns on a dime, we know that. Hopefully for the better, quite possibly for the worse.

This issue of Granta is about gender, about patriarchy, and about all the ways in which the culture is now creakily changing. It’s about empowerment, trigger warnings and activism. Who runs the discourse, and who is excluded and why? Is trial by public opinion ever right? Are we seeing a form of mob rule? What about innocent until proven guilty? Is #metoo a flash in the pan? Will compassion fatigue set in? Will there be a backlash, and what might that look like?

This issue is about what it means to be a woman in this world; it’s about feminist values and wit, what it means to be born a woman, and to become a woman.

We welcome submissions – fiction and non-fiction – from authors who are keen to think about these questions with us.

Deadline for submissions: Monday 2nd April 2018

Please contact editor Sigrid Rausing srausing@granta.com with ideas, submissions and proposals, copying in editorial assistants Eleanor Chandler echandler@granta.com and Josie Mitchell jmitchell@granta.com.

Best wishes,

Sigrid Rausing

Editor Granta”

 

 

********

Image via aerogramme writer’s studio.

I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

Leave a Reply

I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

Monthly Newsletter!

Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our
"Guide to African Novels."

Archives

What Is Literary Androgyny? Diriye Osman Tells Us

Diriye_Osman_Picture

Describing himself as “first Somali, second Muslim, third gay,” the enchanting Diriye Osman is arguably the most fascinating writer on […]

50 Years Later, the Swedish Academy Unveils the 70 Nominees for the 1967 Nobel Prize in Literature

nobel prize - new republic

As is their tradition, the Swedish Academy, custodians and givers of the Nobel Prize in Literature, have, 50 years after […]

The Johannesburg Review of Books Vol. 1, Issue 8 | Featuring Soyinka, J.M. Coetzee, Yewande Omotoso, Nthikeng Mohlele, Niq Mhlongo, Bongani Madondo

library - christian community in johannesburg

The 8th issue of The Johannesburg Review of Books was released last December. The issue, which is from the magazine’s […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Enter for Africa Book Club’s Short Story Competition

opportunity-for-african-writers-1-2

The Africa Book Club Short Reads Competition is open to submissions. African writers can enter fiction or nonfiction pieces of […]

Keorapetse “Bra Willie” Kgositsile: South Africa Begins 3-Day “Special Official Funeral” for Late National Poet Laureate

library - christian community in johannesburg

To honour the country’s late National Poet Laureate, Keorapetse “Bra Willie” Kgositsile, the government of South Africa has commenced a three-day […]

See the Gorgeous Cover for LGBTQI Art Collective 14’s Volume 2, Featuring Snippets from Taiye Selasi and Gbenga Adesina

IMG-20180113-WA0006

The Nigerian queer art collective 14, which is set to release its second volume this week, has shared its cover, […]

Thanks for signing up!

Never miss out on new posts. Subscribe to a digest, too:

No thanks, I only want the monthly newsletter.