Tulsa NightWriters 2024 Anthology

Exclusively open to members of the Tulsa NightWriters, this anthology is an opportunity to have a piece of your work published. Below you will find the details regarding the theme and the submission guidelines. If you have any questions, please submit them to: [email protected]

Managing Editor: Madeleine Bonnallie (Cherokee)
Editors: Linda Berrey, Aubrey Green 
Theme Advisor: JD Colbert (Muscogee-Creek Chickasaw)

Theme

Echoes of Tradition:
Indigenous Orientation to Community, Time, and Land

In this anthology we explore and contrast the differences between indigenous cultural views of community, land, and time vis-à-vis that of the dominant Western culture. Whether such differences manifest themselves in poetry, prose, or essay – whether you are highlighting the differences or simply embracing one of the Native American concepts – we challenge you to explore the Native American approach to these essential parts of our lives and incorporate them into your writing. 

Community

A culture steeped in communal living countered by a highly individualistic dominant society, Native culture is, at its core, about community, tribe, and the general good. Western society strongly emphasizes the rights of the individual while Native culture affirms the well-being of the whole.

Land

To the dominant culture, land is something to be bought, sold, and owned by an individual. The Indigenous perspective views land as a sentient being and as such, could not be owned. If anything, the Earth owns us.

Time

While the majority sees time as a linear concept, Native culture leans into a circular concept, viewing time as cyclical. In a cyclical understanding, events will reoccur and can be revisited. Said differently, there are no definite beginnings or endings, rather only what is, what has always been, and will always be.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions are exclusively for Tulsa NightWriter Members, we’d love to have you join us!
  • Submissions are open until June 10, 2024.
  • A reading fee of $10 per piece is due at the time of submission.
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • No graphic sex or violence.
  • Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short story, and all styles of writing will be considered. 
  • Writers may submit multiple pieces, but each piece must be submitted in separate files, each accompanied by their own reading fee.
  • We are looking for previously unpublished pieces and your submission grants Tulsa NightWriters first publication rights in North America.
  • Not all submissions will be accepted for publication.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify Tulsa NightWriters immediately if the piece is accepted elsewhere so it may be withdrawn from consideration. There will be no refunds for the reading fees.
  • Submissions will be blind. The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the submitted document or file.
  • Use 12-point, Times New Roman, double-spaced, with pages numbered.
  • 2,500 word maximum. If submitting poetry, you may submit up to 3 pieces, not to exceed 2,500 words total.
  • Cash prizes will be awarded for the top two pieces. $100 for first prize, $50 for second.
  • The writers whose pieces are chosen for inclusion in the anthology will receive a copy upon publication.

Submissions accepted through this website via this link or the button below.