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Call for submissions! A Broader Spectrum: Expanding Social Understanding of Disability

Call for submissions! "A Broader Spectrum: Expanding Social Understanding of Disability"

Call for submissions!

Deadline: 1 November, 2011

What is a disability?

When faced with this question, many people will list an amalgamation of conditions or diagnoses, diseases, or identities. Since the acceptance of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law, society as a whole has been mandated to accommodate needs due to disability status and make environments and opportunities accessible upon request. However, with this shift, social conceptions of what constitutes a disability have come to highlight a select few classifications from among the myriad individuals whose lives are vastly affected by what they consider a disability.

A BROADER SPECTRUM seeks to break down some of the notions that society maintains about what a disabled person looks like, as well as the existence of multiple identities within people with disabilities.

What community exists for people who are told they don't really have a disability, but in one or more ways cannot access mainstream communities? Where do we send people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, non-debilitating brain injuries, or any number of invisible forces, to understand themselves and how to get along with their body? What has happened to the stories of individual people with disabilities as the age of the ADA has progressed? How do you nurture multiple identities when only one - if any - is socially recognized and/or accepted?

A BROADER SPECTRUM wishes to provide a stage for anyone who has been affected by this. For the people that are told nothing is wrong, but wake up every day knowing something about their body is not cooperating with them. For the people that have a diagnosis with no understanding of what it means for them and the people in their lives. For the people utilizing services under the ADA that need a space to discuss the problems still in existence despite this law, and for the people that wish they had service to utilize in the first place. For the people whose other identities have been forced to take a backseat to their disability, or vice versa. For the people that have been swept under so many rugs, whose stories are just as deserving of attention as everyone else's. The world is not immutable. Tell us about your future, your past, your present. Tell us who you are.

What to submit:

Poems, short stories, photographs, essays, graphic art, interviews, or any other expressive written work. Pieces should be based in NON-FICTION. Write about your experiences living with a disability yourself, or being partnered with someone living with a disability. Highlight moments where disability has intersected one (or more) area/s of life, including but not limited to: social interaction, community involvement, medical/self-care, diagnosis, relationships, family, friends, school, or employment. Pieces should be reflective and emotional: please detail how these experiences and disability affected you, if/how it changed your life, whether it had a lasting effort, if you experienced hostility, what your emotional process was like, etc.

It is not required that you disclose your/your partner's disability. However, as this anthology will seek to promote understanding and knowledge of disability by discussing situations that fall outside the "normal" idea of disability, greater amounts of honesty and disclosure may leave a more lasting impression on the reader.


Deadline is November 1st, 2011, though early submissions are greatly appreciated. Submissions should be sent with .doc or .rtf file extensions, or be black/white JPGs (if graphic art or photography). Previously unpublished work will be given priority - please indicate if your piece has been published prior to this. If you have an idea but need help transcribing it, translating it to English, or with any other means of recording it, please contact us to discuss possible accommodations.

Please include a cover letter with a brief bio, including contact information - address, phone number (please specify if voice/text/VP), preferred e-mail address, and pseudonym if you wish. Anonymity/changed names will be respected. All contributors retain rights to their pieces. Payment is in the process of being negotiated, but regardless, authors of accepted pieces will receive 1 copy of the book upon publication.

Send your submissions as e-mail attachments to

Please encourage reposting!
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