Open Call: Behind the Yellow Wallpaper [Closed]

From the publishers who brought you Southern Gothic: New Tales of the South comes the next anthology in NLSP’s NEW series:

Behind the Yellow Wallpaper

New Tales of Madness

"Impressions of the Night" by Lucy Black (http://thedual.net)

In 1892 Charlotte Perkins Gilman published “The Yellow Wallpaper” as a critique of the commonly prescribed, but often lethal “Rest Cure,” which she herself had suffered through. This “cure” (which involved confinement and discouragement from mental activity) had the potential to lead women to insanity – even death. Gilman’s efforts helped change the public perception of isolation treatments for female hysteria but over a century later the treatment of women’s psychological ailments remains problematic and subject to gendered bias. Simultaneously, women continue to face social stresses that make them vulnerable to mental illness.

In short, for so many reasons, many women remain trapped in mental illness, creeping Behind the Yellow Wallpaper, battling to get out.

Pieces are encouraged to:

  • Take a feminist approach to the topic
  • Address issues of intersectionality that may affect women’s mental health such as: physicality, sexuality, trans* identity, race, class, pregnancy and motherhood, religion, etc.
  • Address any other social issues that impact women’s mental health.
  • Consider/react to/react against what Gilman might write if she were writing in the 21st century.

Please include a brief cover letter telling us a little about yourself, where you’ve published before, etc. But don’t worry if this is your first time out: we still want to hear from you!

Stories should be 1,000 to 3,000 words. If you’re not familiar with manuscript formats, consult William Shunn’s excellent guide (http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html).

Art can be in any visual medium (photography, painting, drawing, digital, and beyond). If submitting a photo of a person, you must be able to provide a model release upon acceptance. Files should generally be a minimum of 1,000 pixels on the shortest edge but you must be able to provide print-suitable hi-resolution versions if accepted.

Audio and video submissions are welcome as well. While these pieces may or may not appear in our final e-book anthology, we may publish them online as part of the anthology release.

All submissions must be made through our submissions manager by 15 Dec 2013. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.