A Pact Press Anthology
Pact Press, an imprint of Regal House Publishing, invites contributions to an anthology of writing by and about refugees, asylum seekers, and other forced migrants. We invite submissions in a range of formats and styles, including poetry, personal reflections, essays, and short stories.
The anthology will amplify the voices of displaced people and bring their experiences to the awareness of readers. We also welcome submissions from people working or interacting closely with refugees and other displaced people.
Our aim is to provide insights into the lives of the displaced, insights that are often ignored in contemporary media accounts of the global refugee crisis. Rather than present a vision of crisis, we would like to present a vision of hope and energy, to celebrate the resilience of people who have been forced to leave their homes and seek new ones. Contributions that may discomfort or challenge readers, presenting the experience of displacement in a manner at odds with more typical representations, will be readily considered. Preference will be given to submissions that may motivate readers to engage further with the issue of displacement, or that incorporate ways for readers to act constructively on behalf of displaced people.
Proceeds from the publication of We Refugees
Contributors will not receive financial remuneration for their submissions.
Editorial work will be provided free of charge, and all net proceeds from the sale of the anthology will go to support the work of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC).
Based in Melbourne, Australia, the ASRC describes itself as:
…both a place and a movement. We are an independent not for profit organisation, whose programs support and empower people seeking asylum to maximise their own physical, mental and social wellbeing. As a movement, we mobilise and unite communities to create lasting social and policy change for people seeking asylum in Australia. We are proud to be owned and run by our community of volunteers and supporters.
The lead editor of We Refugees is Emma Larking, an academic based in Canberra, Australia, who has written extensively on issues relating to refugees and people movements. The Pact Press editorial team also includes Regal House Publishing and Pact Press editor-in-chief, Jaynie Royal, senior editor, Ruth Feiertag, and editor, Michelle Rosquillo.
Guidelines for Submissions
Word limit: As noted above, we welcome a range of styles including poetry, personal reflections, essays, and short stories, but we ask that authors do not exceed a maximum word limit of 3,500.
Deadline for receipt of submissions: Monday 30 April 2018
Submissions format: Please email submissions saved as a Word document to:
English language submissions only please: The anthology will be an English language publication; we regret that we are only able to accept English language submissions.
Timeline for publication: December 2018. Accepted submissions will be edited during the period May-September 2018. Ideally, contributors should be available to respond to email communications from the editorial team during this time. If a contributor will not be available to consider proposed changes to her or his submission, this should be noted on the original submission, and in these cases submission implies permission for the editors to make limited stylistic changes at their own discretion.