Call for Submissions

The Movement Issue

“We move together, with no body left behind” – Patty Berne and Sins Invalid

“I knew that going into this hike it wouldn’t just be a hike: There’s no movement in America for black women that’s just about movement”  Rahawa Haile on hiking the Appalachian Trail

Movement is never unconstrained. At best, we’re contending with gravity and friction. And more often than not, we’re bumping up against barriers that divide, exclude, and contain. Moving is a struggle. We want to know what liberates your movement, and discover ways to move away, across, from, and through it all together.

For our next issue, tell us about what moves you, and what you’re putting into motion. You should also know that this is a very special final issue for GUTS. We’re moving on, for now, because our funding did. So give us everything you’ve got. 

We’re looking for visual and written essays, interviews, comics, journalism, poetry, short fiction, and humour all on the topic of movement.

Topics to think about:

Migration; displacement; transformation; grassroots social and political movements; wildfires; water, icebergs, tides, and shifting shorelines; the transference of power; circulation of resources, objects, blood; transportation and public transit; disability justice and crip futures; going for a walk; power posing; dancing; swimming; the passage of time; repetitions; sounds and music; restricted movement ( borders, waist trainers, stairs, doors); moving freely; liberation; moving while fat; moving out (rent is high!); moving on; being moved; catharsis; being still; birth; death; renewal; pipelines; picket lines; blockades; boycotts; city sprawl; recycling, waste, and garbage; planetary movements; space travel and colonization; flirting and making the first move; and more.

Submit a short pitch (maximum 300 words) describing your proposed project no later than October 4th, 2019to submit@gutsmagazine.ca. Please include a link to or copy of a writing sample that you feel adequately represents your work. Please look over our past issues to get a sense of the kind of work we’re looking for.

First drafts will be due on November 11, 2019 and final submissions (500-4,000 words) will be due on December 2, 2019.

Compensation will be provided for contributors selected for the issue ($100-200 honorarium for written contributions; $100 for original images). 

If you have any questions or comments about the submission process, please email us at submit@gutsmagazine.ca.

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