Call for submissions – the Notebook – a Grassroots Women Project

The Grassroots Women Project logoPlease let your students know about this publishing opportunity – or perhaps you are interested in submitting something yourself?

The Grassroots Women Project seeks submissions of writing and images for the inaugural issue of The Notebook, a progressive journal for women and girls with rural and small town roots. The Notebook is published biannually by the Grassroots Women Project.

We seek work by female or male writers, photographers and digital visual artists whose work focuses on women with rural or small town roots. We are interested in progressive thinking—past, present or visionary—that explores a spectrum of authentic experience for women and girls in rural areas and small towns in any of the world’s cultures. Issues of The Notebook comprise regular columns and other single-issue features, plus themed sections. We encourage international submissions written in English.

The Notebook: a progressive journal for women and girls with rural and small town rootsHello Rural Women. Welcome Home.Theme: For the Fall 2013 issue, our themed section focuses on courage. All genres of writing or digital imagery will be considered as long as courage related to the experience of rural or small town women or girls is illuminated in the work, either directly or indirectly. You are free to define, interpret or conceptualize courage in any way you see fit.

Non-themed elements: Any writer or photographer who has an idea to pitch for a regular feature, a column or a non-themed single-issue piece (i.e.: interview or photo essay) may query us about your idea by submitting a 300-word (max) synopsis of your concept:

How to submit your work: Submit by email only to We seek original work—no previously published or simultaneously submitted material.

  • WRITERS: Send your manuscript (11 pt., single-spaced, standard fonts) as a Word .doc or .docx file only. Writing may be of any literary, journalistic or scholarly genre, including non-traditional forms. We charge no reading fee. We accept submissions of the following lengths: Prose (fiction or nonfiction) – limit 2,000 words; Poetry/Lyrics – limit 3 pieces.
  • PHOTOGRAPHERS & VISUAL ARTISTS: Send digital still images only, .jpg file format, 300 dpi. Images will be reproduced in The Notebook in black & white. Limit 5 pieces per artist. We charge no submission fee.

How to identify yourself: Include all contact information (phone, snail mail, and e-mail address), plus a 100-word (max) bio. Include the place name that defines your (or your subject’s) rural or small town roots, past or present. (NB: Small towns are under 20,000 in population and not located within a larger metropolitan area.)

Timeline: Fall 2013 submissions close September 3, 2013. Notification in November. Publication in December.

Compensation: Contributors whose work is accepted are paid with one copy of the journal. (We’re new. We hope to pay better as we grow.)

Restrictions: No overtly sentimental or confessional material. No explicit porn. No unredemptive stereotypes.

Rights: If you submit work to The Notebook, you are guaranteeing (1) that you own/control all rights to the work submitted, and (2) agreement that your published submission (or excerpts) may be posted on (or a website dedicated specifically to The Notebook, if one is later developed) and may be used in promotion materials for the project. Writers, photographers and visual artists retain copyright for their work; however, if any piece we accept is later published elsewhere, it should at that time indicate that the work was “previously published by the Grassroots Women Project in The Notebook, a journal about women and girls with rural and small town roots.” Editors reserve the right to commission new work and/or to solicit existing work from writers and artists whose work they wish to feature in The Notebook.

boots on a forest trailThe Grassroots Women Project (GWP) has been supported in part by generous grants from the Kentucky Foundation For Women, by women-owned or women-operated enterprises, and by individuals who have assisted portions of the GWP’s outreach projects.


About Randolph Hollingsworth

An academic administrator at the University of Kentucky, affiliate faculty in the History Department and in Gender & Women's Studies, as well as with the UK Center for Equality and Social Justice
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