Journal Submissions Deadline: July 31. Special Issue: FOOD
Mizna is currently accepting electronic submissions for the 2013 issues of the journal. We welcome submissions on Arab American themes that reflect the diversity of our community.
Submissions for winter issue (food theme) due July 31, 2013
FOCUS ON FOOD
"The over-riding fear is that cultural, ethnic, and racial differences will be continually commodified and offered up as new dishes to enhance the white palate—that the Other will be eaten, consumed, and forgotten." —bell hooks
Inspired by black feminist theorist bell hooks's theory of "eating the Other," this year's winter issue will focus on challenging themes around food. Food is a fundamental, daily human need. It shapes and is shaped by culture. Beyond that, food has broad political implications in terms of race and class identities, power differentials, public health, and more. Food is endlessly re-imagined, manipulated, and appropriated as more and more people become adeptly, if haphazardly, cross-cultural. The multiple associations we have to different foods, and our ability to experiment with them in our modern lives, pose perhaps especially challenging questions when it comes to the Arab and American worlds. We are looking for writing about food that will surprise us and venture to ask and answer some of these questions about cuisine in relation to issues of creativity, appropriation, and power.
GENERAL SUBMISSIONS INFORMATION
Mizna continuously seeks original writing for upcoming publications. Writers may submit work that does not respond to the current theme. Contributors do not have to be of Arab descent provided their work is of relevance to the Arab-American community.
If you would like your work to be considered for publication, please send your submission and a short biography (maximum 50 words) via e-mail as attachments (not in the body of the message) to email@example.com, and include the word "submission" in the subject line. Please include your name, mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number. The attachments should be standard word-processing program files.
Prose should be double-spaced and limited to 2500 words. Kindly limit poetry submissions to four poems per submission. Verses exceeding our page width will be treated with a runover indent. Proofs can be made available for author approval before publication.
Writers whose work is published in Mizna will receive a stipend and complimentary copies of the journal.
Due to the volume of submissions received, those not conforming to the above guidelines, as well as material previously published in any other English-language forum, will not be considered.
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Mizna is a forum for Arab American film, literature, and art. Mizna publishes the only journal of Arab American literature and presents the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival as well as some of the most talented Arab American artists in the visual arts, on stage, in music, and in film—including Simon Shaheen, Suheir Hammad, Hakim Belabbes, Nadia El Fani, Jack Shaheen, Raed Al Helou, Mai Masri, the Iron Sheik, Elias Khoury and others.
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