Spring/Summer 2022: WHAT NOW?: THE FUTURE WE MAKE. Our annual thematic issue, featuring work that explores what comes next and the future we make, as well as the winners and finalists of the Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers.
We’ve heard it so often over the last year: We live in unprecedented times. As we write this call for submissions, the world is grappling with the worst pandemic in modern history, urgent calls for racial justice, and challenges to all aspects of the ways we’ve lived. In this time of deep change, the question that arises over and over again is: “What now?
What is also unprecedented is that we have a rare opportunity to pause and question the often unexamined assumptions about the world as it is and as it could be. What do we keep from the past that worked? What do we jettison? What do we enlarge and embrace? The drastic changes to our individual and collective lives call on us to reimagine the future we want. That future is in our hands—our future is the future we make.
We won’t find all the answers here—in fact, we will probably find more questions than answers—but as marine biologist and conservation strategist Ayana Elizabeth Johnson writes, “The more we can envision a world we want to live in, the more we will be inspired to move toward it.” In this issue, we wish to move toward that world and explore its possibilities together.
What Now? The Future We Make will be published in spring 2022.
Fall/Winter 2022: Awards 44. Our annual Awards issue, featuring the winners and finalists of the 44th annual Nimrod Literary Awards: The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction and the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry.
Awards 43 will be published in October 2021.