Death Where the Nights are Long is an anthology of writing about the idea and experience of death in extreme lattitudes. We are asking approximately thirty writers from Canada, the U.S. and Iceland to deliver an account of death in its many varied forms. We expect submissions to be personal, visceral and unmediated. Although to some extent unavoidable, it is our expectation that writers will strive to avoid sentimentality and a soothing or educational tone.
We are seeking a wide range of voices and experiences. Untimely death. Death of old age. Death of a pet or other animal. Death cheated. Death embraced. Death by suicide, murder, illness, carelessness, caring. Bargains with death. Experiences and imaginings about what lies beyond our last breath. Grieving. Coping. Strategies for living in the full awareness of mortality. All of these and more are welcome for consideration.
We are seeking essays, memoirs, poetry and creative non-fiction, with a suggested length of between 2,500 and 5,000 words. You can make a pitch, or send in your completed piece. Email to: DeathAnthology1@gmail.com.
If your piece is accepted, you will be paid $250 on completed delivery and acceptance. You will receive another $250 on publication. If the book does very well – as we hope it will – we will also consider a success fee to each contributor in an amount to be determined.
We anticipate working with an established publisher, depending on interest, which depends in turn on the quality of submissions. Our anticipated publication date is autumn 2015. Deadline for submission is November 1, 2014.
Who we are:
Claudia Casper is the author of two novels, The Reconstruction (published by Penguin Canada, St. Martin’s Press in the US, Quartet in the UK and Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag in Germany) and The Continuation of Love By Other Means, published by Penguin Canada. She has recently completed a third, The Last Murder: The Journals of Allen Quincy. She has published non-fiction in Geist Magazine, Event, the Vancouver Sun and the Globe and Mail and is currently writing a screenplay of The Last Murder for Redfish films.
Anne Giardini has published short stories as well as articles and papers on ethics, legal, aboriginal and other topics, wrote a weekly column for the National Post for several years, and was a contributor to the bestseller Dropped Threads, Random House, 2001. Her first novel, The Sad Truth About Happiness, was published by HarperCollins/Fourth Estate in Canada, the UK, the US and Australia in 2005. Her second novel, Advice for Italian Boys, was published by HarperCollins in 2009.
Both Anne and Claudia published essays in the bestselling anthology Dropped Threads, published by Random House and edited by Carol Shields and Marjorie Anderson.
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Claudia Casper is the author of the novels The Reconstruction and The Continuation of Love by Other Means, which was short-listed for the Ethel Wilson BC Book Prize (both published by Penguin). Her writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Vancouver Sun, Geist, Event, Best Canadian Short Stories (Oberon) and the anthology Dropped Threads: What We Aren’t Told (Vintage), edited by Carol Shields and Marjorie Anderson.
The first submissions for the death anthology have arrived even before the Call for Submission is complete. Click on the image of the skull in the books section of the main page of Everywhere Now to read our Ask letter.