Dear America: Reflections on Race, a Call for Submissions

The Geeky Press is thrilled to announce our second publishing project, Dear America: Reflections on Race, an anthology that tackles one of the most important issues facing our country. You can download the Call for Submissions (PDF).

Deadline: July 31, 2017

Indianapolis — Brad King, Amber Peckham, Nicole Mathew, and Elise Lockwood are seeking narrative essay, creative nonfiction, script photo, and poetry submissions for an edited book collection titled Dear America: Reflections on Race. This collection takes the issue that most divides this country, and moves it to the quiet, intimate stories of people from across the country. This collection isn’t meant to advocate a position. Instead, we want the personal stories and reflections from people who come from diverse backgrounds and want to share their American story.

To be considered for the book, authors can send their submissions to Submissions must be received by July 31, 2017 and include the following:

  • Subject Line of email: DEAR AMERICA
  • Author’s name, address and contact information
  • Your Work:
    • Essays and Creative Nonfiction: Submit completed work between 1,000 and 5,000 words
    • Fiction:  Submit completed work between 1,000 and 5,000 words
    • Scripts: A ten-minute script
    • Poetry: Submit completed work; no more than 5 pages
    • Photo Essay: No more than 5 pictures and 100 words per picture
    • Video Essay: No more than five minutes (YouTube, Vimeo link)**
  • Bio: 150-200 words

All submissions, including those that aren’t selected for the book, may be published on the Youshare Project website. If you do not want to be considered for Youshare, please let us know in your submission.

General Submission Guidelines


We publish fiction, nonfiction (creative nonfiction, essays), screenplays, scripts, black-and-white photography, and poetry. There are standards. We can’t articulate them.


Please keep yours brief, though we do like to hear from people who like the magazine. We’re not concerned about writing degrees or past publications, so don’t be daunted if you don’t have an MFA or much in the way of previously published work.


Please don’t use colors or weird fonts. (We strip both out before we start the design process.) Visual poetry is not accepted.


Please include a 150-200 word bio with your submission. We will use that on our contributor page. What you send is what we will publish, unless it’s too long. Then you’re leaving your bio fate in our hands.


Nope. Nope.

What about simultaneous submissions? If you submit to other places, drop us a note. And then don’t be a jerk. Let us know as soon as you know.


HoosierLit will be published using the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Creative Commons license, and each author will retain the rights to his or her work.


Contributing authors receive a direct and equal division of the royalties. If we publish ten contributors, each person receives ten percent of every sale. Payments are handled directly through Lulu.


The combination of all accepted work will be published as a paperback book and an eBook by The Geeky Press. Dear America: Reflections on Race will be distributed at major retail outlets including Amazon Barnes & Noble, Apple, and all library catalogs through Lulu, an on-demand publishing clearinghouse.

Contributing authors with receive an equal division of the royalties. The book will be published using the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Creative Commons license, and each author will retain the rights to his or her work. Authors can remove their work from the book at any time because the book will be published using on-demand technology.


A multimedia version of the book, which will include curated video selections, will be published through the Atavist publishing platform, which will allow The Geeky Press to publish text, video, and pictures together. This version of the book will be free, and generate no royalties for the authors.

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  • DeVante Smith-Lee

    Are multiple submissions permitted?

  • Lea Banks

    Do you have a deadline on your Dear America anthology? And when (approximately) do you think it will be printed? Thank you! Lea

    • Hello. You’ll see the deadline listed at the top of the website 🙂 And the book will be published a few months after the deadline.