Artificial Divide is an own voices anthology by Blind and visually impaired writers. It’s a multi genre anthology with visually impaired protagonists. It will feature a diverse array of short stories with protagonists that are visually impaired.
For this anthology, edited by Robert Kingett and Randy Lacey, we’re looking for short stories between 500 and 8,000 words.
We are looking for own-voice stories featuring protagonists who are blind, visually impaired, or experience vision loss, written by authors who are blind, visually impaired or experience vision loss. The story need not be about being visually impaired or blind, and can be any genre of fiction.
Stories must be in English, though we invite diversity and dialects, including AAVE.
We will reject any story with racist, ableist, or homophobic, or otherwise bigoted themes. We don’t want to see those kinds of stories. Period.
One of the editors will be using a screen reader to review submissions, so make sure your document does not contain any tables or graphs or charts. Layout tables are acceptable but highly discouraged because your submission will be converted to Proper Manuscript Format. If you already have your story in Proper Manuscript format, send it along in that format.
If you’re visually impaired and need a screen reader friendly template, this page is a bit dated, but it has templates that work in all versions of Microsoft Word <https://www.shunn.net/format/templates.html>.
Submit your manuscript in either docx or doc format.
We’re especially looking for writers of color, LGBT+ writers, and other marginalized identities. Please note that priority will be given to Canadian writers and writers from diverse backgrounds, though we are open to authors from around the world.
In your cover letter, provide your name, your primary email address, and a cover letter outlining the main plot of the story and the word count. In your cover letter, detail in two sentences or more, how being visually impaired has hindered you in the publishing industry, and please indicate whether you are a Canadian.
Stories can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org please write in SUBMISSION and the title of your story as the subject header.
Deadline for submissions EXTENDED!! January 31st, 2021.
Payment is 0.06CAD per word.
Previously published work – we strongly prefer original work but will consider work previously published in publications with small readership. Please indicate on your cover letter if the work was previously published and include a link to the publication.
Simultaneous submissions – we will consider simultaneous submissions. Please indicate on your cover letter if your work is submitted somewhere else simultaneously, and please notify us right away should the work be accepted elsewhere.
Please submit only one story. Should we turn down your story before the submission deadline, please do feel free to send us another story. Otherwise, please only send one story.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
About Canada Council for the Arts
The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s public arts funder, with a mandate to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts. The Council champions and invests in artistic excellence through a broad range of grants, services, prizes and payments to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations. Its work ensures that excellent, vibrant and diverse art and literature engages Canadians, enriches their communities and reaches markets around the world. The Council also raises public awareness and appreciation of the arts through its communications, research and arts promotion activities. It is responsible for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, which promotes the values and programs of UNESCO in Canada to contribute to a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable future. The Canada Council Art Bank operates art rental programs and helps further public engagement with contemporary arts.