Old Iron Press seeks submissions for our inaugural anthology titled “Playing Authors”

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Old Iron Press seeks submissions for our inaugural print anthology titled “Playing Authors.”

Inspired by the classic game of Authors, originally published in 1861, we would like you to play with what it means to be an author—and an Author. The original game consisted of sets of playing cards pictured with the works and visage of a well-known author of the time. We are excited to read how you experiment with the concept of Author.

At Old Iron Press, we are fascinated by the process of reimagining. We are interested in creations that are less about a corrective or a return, but rather about an act of becoming.

We would like you to ask questions about what stories belong to us and why. What stories should we—or shouldn’t we—be telling? Must a story match an authorial voice? What role does an author’s biography play? And, what about the infamous author photo?

Perhaps you get your heteronym on and create an author—complete with physical description and bio—and write something in their distinctive voice. Or maybe you dive into the history of your own authorial voice.

You may send any variation of form (ex. three poems, graphic novel excerpt, recipe, instructions, chapter, criticism, scene). We would particularly love to read experimental essays, alternate biography, slipstream, hybrid works, and collaborative projects. At OIP, genre is our favorite five-letter word. Let this be an invitation to explore something new to you.

We do ask that you keep your document under 3,000 words. Please use standard formatting and be thoughtful regarding public domain. We do not consider previously published work, whether print or online. Selected contributors will receive one free contributor copy and an honorarium.

We look forward to reading your work and your Authors!

Submission Period
May 1, 2022 -December 1, 2022

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Eliza Tudor
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