Call for mss in support of Ukraine


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Before Russia brutally, tragically invaded Ukraine, we at WordCity Literary Journal had been planning a human rights issue for May 2022. We are keeping to that theme, but will now dedicate those pages to solidarity with Ukraine. Our hope is for poetry and prose that speaks to, but is not limited to the inhumanity of war, and to calls for peace.

Please interpret this theme broadly, as we are already including a novel excerpt from, and interview with, Dawn Promislow, author of the forthcoming apartheid-era novel Wan (Freehand Books, spring 2022).  We hope to shine light on Ukraine directly, but will also feature current and historic human rights abuses from around the world, including fallout from the past. It is all relevant to what’s happening right now. The collection will be published in honour of Ukraine.

We especially (though not exclusively) hope to hear from writers whose similar experiences can reach the hearts of the Ukrainian people, wherever they may be. We also appeal to Russian people around the world to stand against this war through their words and art, although we do not ask you to put yourselves or others in danger.

Our submission guidelines maybe found here:

Thank you from the bottom of our broken, hopeful, resilient hearts for the words and works we know will come.

The Editorial Board of WordCity Literary Journal

Published by darcie friesen hossack

Darcie Friesen Hossack is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her short story collection, Mennonites Don’t Dance, was a runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Award, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Evergreen Award for Adult Fiction. Citing irreverence, the book was banned by the LaCrete Public Library in Northern Alberta. Having mentored with Giller finalists Sandra Birdsell (The Russlander) and Gail Anderson Dargatz (Spawning Grounds, The Cure for Death by Lightening), Darcie's first novel, Stillwater, will be released in the spring of 2023. Darcie is also a four time judge of the Whistler Independent Book Awards, and a career food writer. She lives in Northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, international award-winning chef, Dean Hossack.

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