Earthwords and Artlings, Vol 2


ABOUT THE ANTHOLOGY

Storytelling is as old as humanity, and in the 21st Century, stories are still our most powerful way to share our experiences, creativity, wisdom and inspiration.

AELA’s mission is to increase the understanding and practical implementation of Earth centred governance, with a focus on law, economics, education, ethics and the arts. We believe that creativity plays a critical role in bringing about the profound cultural shift required to transform human governance systems from being anthropocentric, to becoming Earth centred.

The Earthwords and Artlings Anthology (‘the Earthwords Anthology’) provides a platform for emerging and established Australian creatives to exhibit work designed to reflect, lament, provoke, celebrate and challenge our ideas about ourselves and our relationships with other life and life supporting systems on our fragile planet.

The theme for our second Earthwords Anthology is:
Tipping Points

The theme for the Earthwords Anthology Volume 2, “Tipping Points”, invites the exploration of the social and ecological spaces at the precipice of change, whether the threshold has just been encountered, retreated from, or passed long ago. And whether the encounter is momentous and calamitous, or banal and unremarkable, “Tipping Points” provides an open provocation for creative musings about the places, socio-ecological relationships, and timelines that we find ourselves in . . . or perhaps yearn for.

The Earthwords Anthology values and celebrates creative pieces that are optimistic and that reflect the hope, gratitude, wonder and possibility needed to envision a positive future for our planet. In saying this, we encourage creatives to explore the emotional complexities of earth-centred concepts, however, the Earthwords Anthology ultimately aims to be a space for the celebration of nature and the betterment of our earth.

For further enquiries, please contact: [email protected]

PREVIOUS VOLUME

Find out more about the 2020 Earthwords & Artlings Anthology and download the 2020 anthology here.

ANTHOLOGY EDITORIAL TEAM

Dr Michelle Maloney, James Lee

HOW TO SUBMIT

Please submit your entry via the online form by 31 July 2022:

Submit your work

Any questions, please email: [email protected]

We will advise you in the first week of August if your submission has been accepted.

Theme

The Earthwords Anthology is inviting creatives to submit works that reflect and respond to the theme ‘Tipping Points’.

We are interested in Australian prose, poetry, graphics and photography that:

  • Invites the exploration of the social and ecological spaces at the precipice of change, whether the threshold has just been encountered, retreated from, or passed long ago.
  • Reflects on the changing world around us.
  • Shares personal insights and stories about the impacts of climate change in Australia.
  • Reflects, laments, provokes, celebrates and challenges our ideas about ourselves and our relationships with other life and life supporting systems on our planet.
  • Explores our inner and outer worlds, our hopes, fears and impacts – and our efforts to influence each other to care for the living world.
  • Offers a voice for the voiceless and expresses the perspectives of non-human life.
  • Explores earthlings through time – deep time, circular time, space-time, parallel time and being out of time.

Importantly, we’re looking for creative work that espouses optimism, hope, gratitude, wonder and possibility. The Earthwords Anthology provides a space for the celebration of nature and our efforts to connect with and care for the living world, and we highly value work that reflects these concepts.

SUBMISSION FORMATS

The Earthwords Anthology accepts the following works:

WORDS
  • Poetry (1-2 pages)
  • Short story (1500 words max)
  • Flash fiction (300-500 words)
  • Personal and lyric essay (1000 words max)
IMAGES
  • Photography (no larger than a two-page A4 spread, high definition)
  • Illustration (as above)
  • Graphic design (as above)

If you have something that doesn’t fit snugly into one of these categories; please pitch it to us anyway! We’d love to check it out and see if it has a home in our pages, or those of our other Earth Arts projects.


Formatting

A detailed style guide can be accessed here: Style Guide.

When submitting your work, please follow these formatting guidelines:

  • Please submit any written work in a Microsoft Word document, 12pt font, Times New Roman, 1.5 spaced.
  • Please submit any photography/illustration/design work as a Google Drive link and ensure that it can be accessed through link sharing.
  • Please ensure that any images are submitted in either JPEG, PNG, or PDF format, and are of a high quality. For an image to be of a high enough quality for inclusion in the Anthology, its file size should ideally be greater than 6 MB.
  • Submissions must be consistent with the purpose and theme of the Anthology.
  • Contributors may submit up to two pieces of work for consideration, however only one piece of work will be published per author, per annual Anthology.
  • Editors will not publish anything that they consider defamatory or grossly offensive.
  • Submitted works must be original and unpublished.
  • Submissions must not infringe copyright. If you think your work may be at risk of infringing copyright laws, please provide written approval that you have been allowed to publish the work.

SUBMISSION PROCESS

How do I submit my work?

Please submit your entry via the online form by 31 July 2022:

Submit your work

Any questions, please email: [email protected]

COPYRIGHT & LICENSING

Payment Transparency and Permission to Publish

Earthwords and Artlings is an unfunded, AELA ‘in house’ publication. There are no payments for accepted submissions and the final completed Anthology will be made available for free. However, your contribution will be widely promoted to AELA’s networks; both as part of the Anthology, and individually as an author / artist. In addition, a digital copy of the Anthology will be available for free download from the AELA website and all contributors will be properly acknowledged and credited for their work. Physical copies of the Anthology may be sold by AELA online or at future events for the purpose of fundraising. No individual will profit from the sale of the Anthology. By submitting your work as part of the AELA Anthology, you give AELA permission to publish your submission in both digital and physical form on the AELA website and at AELA events.

Licensing

The Earthwords Anthology is published under collective copyright and thus AELA remains the owner of the Anthology as a collective work. However, works within the Earthwords Anthology are published under a non-exclusive licence. This means individual pieces (both written and visual) remain the property of their creator. Under this arrangement, you may publish your anthology contribution on a personal blog or with other publishers following the release of Earthwords in September 2022, provided that you acknowledge your work was first published within the Earthwords Anthology. If you have further questions regarding the Earthwords Anthology’s licencing agreement, please contact [email protected].

STYLE GUIDE

Tone

The Earthwords Anthology values and celebrates creative pieces that are optimistic and that reflect the hope, gratitude, wonder and possibility needed to envision a positive future for our planet. In saying this, we encourage creatives to explore the emotional complexities of earth-centred concepts, however, the Earthwords Anthology ultimately aims to be a space for the celebration of nature and the betterment of our earth.

Grammar

The Almighty Apostrophe:
  • Use a single apostrophe after an ‘s’ to denote the possessive.
    • e.g. James’ dog is super cute!
  • Apostrophes may not be used to pluralise a day of the week!
    • e.g. Ugh, I hate Mondays → CORRECT!
    • e.g. Ugh, I hate Monday’s → INCORRECT!
  • Apostrophes may not be used to pluralise an acronym!
    • e.g. I sent out four SOSs → CORRECT!
    • e.g. I sent out four SOS’s → INCORRECT!
Speech / Quotation Marks:
  • Use double quotation marks when writing speech.
  • Place all punctuation marks within quotation marks.
    • e.g. “I feel most alive when among the trees.”
  • Include a semicolon before beginning a quote in the middle of a sentence.
    • e.g. Lilian stated; “What beautiful flowers, thank you.”
Abbreviations and Acronyms:
  • Always write the name of the organisation / society you are referencing in full the first time you mention it. Afterwards, feel free to use their acronym, as your reader will already know what’s going on.
    • FIRST MENTION: A report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Tuesday revealed…
    • SECOND MENTION: Ilasha, a representative from the IPCC, said…
  • Abbreviations can be a fun way to add quirk and humour to your writing. Just make sure you use apostrophes correctly when doing so!
    • e.g. Tickets to our event are live now. Get ‘em while they’re hot.
    • e.g. How’s it goin’?
America vs Australia:
  • Always use an ‘s’ rather than a ‘z’.
    • e.g. Organisation, not organization.
  • Don’t forget the ‘u’!
    • e.g. colour → CORRECT!
    • e.g. color → INCORRECT!
Capitalisation:
  • Capitalise words at the start of sentences.
  • Capitalise names and all proper nouns such as cities, countries, companies, religions and political parties.
  • Capitalise the first word of a quote.
    • e.g. When asked about the current state of the economy, Charli XCX said; “Honestly, I just want to go back to 1999.”
    • Avoid random capitalisations in the Middle of sentences.
  • Capitalise days of the week, months and holidays, but not
    • e.g. Christmas, Easter, Monday, August, winter.
Contractions:
  • Contractions are allowed! Use them to evoke a casual, friendly tone.
    • e.g. You’re, they’re, didn’t, don’t, etc.
Exclamation Marks:
  • Also allowed, but in moderation! Try not to use two or more in a row, as the tone could shift from enthusiastic to panicked quite quickly! See what I mean! It’s happening now!
Numbers:
  • This is honestly a case-by-case situation. If you feel that writing the number itself is more natural, then do so, and vice versa.
    • e.g. I was 16 when I first heard this album.
    • e.g. This is the third almond I’ve eaten today.
  • However, numbers over 3 digits need commas. This makes larger figures easy on the eye.
    • e.g. 1,000.
    • e.g. 150,000.
Parentheses (Brackets):
  • Always keep punctuation outside of brackets if you are ending a sentence.
    • e.g. My chair is pink (I repainted it).
  • However, keep punctuation inside of brackets if you are asking a question.
    • e.g. I love Dua Lipa (but when did I start listening to her music?).
Referencing:
  • Please reference any texts that you use explicitly. However, if your work is entirely fictional, there is no need to reference.
  • Vancouver is the preferred referencing style. This involves:
    • Intext reference using a superscript number which corresponds to a numbered reference list
    • The order of references in the reference list is thus determined by the order in which the referenced pieces appear in-text
    • In-text: Thunberg argues; “We must change almost everything in our current societies. The bigger your carbon footprint – the bigger your moral duty. The bigger your platform – the bigger your responsibility.”1 (p7)
    • Reference list: 1. Thungberg G. No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference. 1st ed. United Kingdom: Penguin Press; 2019.
Full Stops:
  • Please don’t use a double space after a full stop. A single space will do just fine!

ANTHOLOGY EDITORIAL TEAM

Dr Michelle Maloney, James Lee

 

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