The submission window for the second issue of PREE is now open. PREE publishes work by “people who live in the Caribbean, are from the Caribbean, or are of Caribbean descent and live anywhere in the world.” The journal also considers publishing works on or about the Caribbean by non-Caribbean writers. The editors write: “If you are over the age of 18 and the Caribbean is part of your culture, heritage, interest, and passion, or right to abode, we’d love to hear from you.” Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org from July 1 to August 15, 2018. See note on the theme below and read further on guidelines at PREE.
The second issue of PREE focuses on the theme ‘Pressure’. Pressure buss pipe, yes. But, pressure also creates diamonds. What does pressure do for us tethered to the Caribbean? Is there a pressure to be ‘Caribbean’, to perform Caribbeanness, to act St. Lucian, Grenadian, Trini or Jamaican for instance; a demand that we rigidly embody our culture(s)?
There is the financial pressure to turn coins into dollars and deflated dollars into meals and school fees. There is the cultural pressure to persist and the global pressure to give in. Economic pressure to expand tourism and environmental pressure to protect. The desire for freedom and pressure to remain ‘authentic’. There is social pressure, atmospheric pressure, population pressure, the pressure to achieve the impossible. Also, and sometimes fatally, for too many of us in the region and the diaspora, pressure builds in our blood. Pressure takes root in our hearts and manifests clinically as hypertension and the dangerous possibilities of stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolism. Pressure underlies any number of presentations of mental illness. Pressure is not just a soul-killing thing, but a thing from which we can actually die. Whichever way you cut it, pressure exists as a powerful invisible force. These are just some of the possible launching points that we are hoping to wrestle with in this sophomore issue. PREE invites submissions of prose, poetry, essays, memoirs, videos, and artwork exploring the possibilities that exist for pressure.
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SUBMITTING TO PREE
Pree will only accept works during our Submission window, and this will be in response to a call for submissions. As a general guide, take a look at the criteria at PREE.
If you are a publisher or agent who wants information about submitting writers you publish or represent please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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[Image above: Leasho Johnson. No. 5 afflicted from the “playing the field” series. Mixed media on paper.]