VOICES OF THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
For our Spring/Summer 2019 issue, Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, Nimrod International Journal invites poems, short stories, creative nonfiction pieces, and translations from writers from the Middle East and North Africa, including writers currently living in this region, writers from the region currently living abroad, and writers of Middle Eastern and North African heritage.
With this issue, we seek to celebrate writers and writing from this region, to highlight the diverse cultures and people within it, and to enrich and add complexity to the representation and understanding of the Middle East and North Africa. It is often spoken of as if it were one homogeneous swath of the globe, and indeed, less than 1% of Arabic and Persian literature is translated into English, further adding to this perceived sameness. But it is in fact a collection of countries straddling three continents, all with diverse cultures and histories, with similarities and distinct differences—and it is this richness and diversity of thought and culture that we wish to call attention to in this issue. We hope to include work by writers in as many of the groups within the region as possible: work by writers who identify as Arab, Israeli, Turkish, Kurdish, Persian, and more; work translated from Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, Berber, and more; and work from writers of the many faiths practiced in the region, as well as those who follow no particular faith.
What We Are Seeking:
We invite poems, short stories, creative nonfiction pieces, and translations from writers from the Middle East and North Africa (sometimes known as MENA or WANA for short), including writers currently living in this region, writers from the region currently living abroad, and writers of Middle Eastern and North African heritage (Middle Eastern-Americans, North African-Canadians, etc.).
Work may be about any subject and, while we certainly welcome work about, for example, the idea of the Middle East and/or North Africa as a region; the individual countries and groups within the region; what it means to say “the Middle East”; issues of colonialism in the region; writers’ personal heritage; the work submitted for the issue is not limited to these subjects. We hope to receive a large variety of material for this issue, and we welcome writers of marginalized orientations and gender identities, writers of varying socio-economic status, and writers with physical or mental differences. Most of all, we hope to be surprised.
We are excited about this issue, so please send your work and/or share this announcement with writing groups, students, and friends. We eagerly anticipate your response.
- Fiction may be up to 7,500 words.
- All work must be previously unpublished.
- Work not originally in English must be translated into English, with permissions included when appropriate.
- Fiction should be double-spaced with 1” margins on all sides.
Manuscripts will be accepted beginning February 1st, 2018.
Postmark deadline: November 5th, 2018
Publication date: April 2019
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