Monthly Archives: March 2014

ELJ Publications call for submissions!

ELJ Publications has quite a few calls for submissions out there that all of you should know about (and submit to)! With so many things going on, there’s something for everyone.

Two projects focused on Mental Health:

Esperanza Editions: A Mental Health Series


ELJ Publications has created the Esperanza Editions Series under the ELJ Publications to address mental health awareness. Any single author title with a mental illness theme accepted will be part of the Esperanza Editions Series. In addition to receiving an ELJ Publications standard contract, each accepted author will receive a $50 stipend or token advance. The royalties on a $12 tile is $1.20. A $50 token advance roughly equals 42 copies sold. For those of you familiar with the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Series, 42 is the answer to life, the universe and everything.

The stigma surrounding mental illness must be eliminated. ELJ Publications admire writers willing to tackle this theme through art, to share their stories with the world. We are looking to remove the stigma of mental illness with powerful words of experience. Each submitter must have experienced mental illness first hand or is very close to a loved on experiencing mental illness. Please tell us your story. Together we will write away the stigma one word at a time.

Our Wood Becomes Bone Collection is part of the Esperanza Series.

Thank you for sharing your story.

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Wood Becomes Bone Collection

 

ELJ is looking to publish a collection with a mental illness theme titled Wood Becomes Bone. We are looking for 5 poets with 8 poems each, no more no less. Submissions will be open until all slots are filled. Accepted contributors will be paid $20 each and receive 5 copies of the collection. We are looking to remove the stigma of mental illness with powerful words of experience. Each submitter must have experienced mental illness first hand or is very close to a loved on experiencing mental illness. Please tell us your story.

There’s even a project open only to women writers:

Wild Horses: The Women on Fire Series

ELJ Publications is looking to publish an annual collection beginning in March 2015 to celebrate Women’s History Month exclusively written by women titled Wild Horses. We are looking for 10 writers each contributing either a creative non-fiction or memoir no more than 5,000 words long to be a part of an annual collection. Ideally, every piece will exceed 3,000 words. Submissions will be open annually until all slots are filled. Accepted contributors will be paid $10 each and receive 5 copies of the collection. We are looking to share women’s stories of empowerment and triumph, everything and anything woman. Every submitter must be a woman. Sorry gentlemen. Please tell us your story. Together we will set the world on fire.

We are currently accepting 1-3 pieces per submission.

All sales proceeds will be donated to RAINN: Rape Abuse Incest National Network.

Long story short: Submit to this amazing press!

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Working Poor: My New American Dream

The Huffington post is currently running a series called “The Working Poor” about people who work full time and yet are still having trouble making the ends meet. Just today, they posted my article on the subject, which you can read here.

If you read through the article, you’ll here about my own personal experiences with student loan debt, as well as that of people I know. More than that, though, you will learn about the unfair advantage that the federal government gives Big Banking while taking advantage of students around the country. Though banks receive massive loans, they get them at a near 0% interest rate — students pay much more than that. My own loans average 6.8% interest.

This might not seem like a lot, but for someone just starting out in life, it’s rough. And when you think about the government profiting off of its citizens while giving more-than-ideal borrowing conditions to banks and large corporations, you should get mad. You should get mad because it makes no sense. In a country where we are beginning to lag behind the rest of the developed word in terms of education, we should be giving our population every advantage to do well and learn — not shackle them with endless debt.

I hope you agree with me. And if you don’t, I offer only conversation so that you can hear my side and I can hear yours. The link again is: here.

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