The University of Guam’s literary journal, “Storyboard: A Journal of Pacific Imagery,” is calling on the island’s creative writers and visual artists to submit work for the coming edition to be published in 2018.
Titled “Mumon Linahyan: Revolutions,” the editors of the journal invite artists to address the idea of the “revolutionary.” In a release, Storyboard’s editing board say they seek stories that challenge what is considered familiar or accepted on Guam, Micronesia and the wider Pacific.
Isa Bowman, an assistant professor of comparative literature at UOG, is leading the editing board for this year. According to Bowman, the journal’s new theme is one of the words for “revolution” in CHamoru. The root word of “Mumon” is “mumu” meaning “fight,” while “linahyan” refers to the masses, or groups of people.
On her decision to seek stories of change and challenge, Bowman says the theme came naturally.
“What I’m hearing from young writers is that this is an idea that invigorates them. They’re already thinking about (revolutions),” Bowman said. “It just was in the air, this theme. … As humans we are so aware of our political condition. Art is at its most valuable when it confronts social-political conditions. In situations on Guam, it’s inescapable.”
She added that the editing board can interpret revolution in many ways and encouraged a wide variety of writing and art submissions.
Bowman confirmed that once submitted to the journal’s board, each of the board’s eight members – instructors and professors in the English, communication and CHamoru studies departments – will review every submission turned in. Board members will individually select works they deem most worthy for inclusion in December, then meet as a board sometime in January to discuss top-ranked submissions. A final edition will be published sometime in March or April.
Some possible themes that authors and artists could begin addressing in their work include but are not limited to: climate change, decolonial love, self-determination, romance, Pågan, Litekyan, legacies, land, healing, pacific femininity, gender/queer, solidarity, reunification, ancestral journeys, mana/kahna, inafa’maolek, indigenerds, i taotao tano, oceanic currents, erasure, existence, resilience, orality, transformations, and volcanoes.
All submissions are welcome from published or unpublished writers in or from Oceania, and/or authors who write about Oceania, with special encouragement to creative peoples from Micronesia.
Poetry and prose must be submitted as Microsoft Word Documents.
Poets may submit up to five poems totaling 10 pages or less.
Authors submitting prose pieces may submit up to three entries, each with a maximum word limit of 2,500 words per work. According to a Bowman, prose which exceed this limit may be considered for inclusion if the author inquires with the editors before submission. Questions may be sent to [email protected].
Bowman said works written in Pacific languages are highly encouraged and can be published in the original language. However, for editorial consideration, it is necessary that authors submit a translation guide for the review process.
Visual artists may submit up to five pieces in JPG format of a minimum of 72 dpi. Upon acceptance of visual art, editors will request artists to resubmit their work in a larger minimum resolution.
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