Seeking Prose on the Subject of Eating Disorders

Seeking Non-Fiction Prose for the second edition of the anthology Light as a Feather which focuses on eating disorders.

View Submittable Form here.

Assumptions about eating disorders have historically fallen upon the shoulders of feminine presenting individuals with white skin, typically suffering from anorexia. However, the reality is much more complex, touching on people from every race, creed, socio-economic background, gender identity, sexual orientation, with each person standing at different crossroads of privilege and marginalization. We still discuss eating disorders in hushed voices, with shame and confusion cracking our words. It is the intent of this publication to shed a little more light on this subject.

This is where YOU come in!

We want to know your story. You do not have to be a  professional writer to be considered for this work. We are looking specifically for nonfiction prose, with special consideration for humor, confessions, and memoir.

You can write about anything that comes to mind, as long as it is authentic to your experience. It doesn’t have to be “heavy” or overly serious, unless you want/need it to be; we are looking for raw, honest pieces and believe that you would contribute a deep and meaningful facet to the larger story of hope and resilience.

Also, different view points are welcome. Perhaps you have lived with a person experiencing an eating disorder and have a story to tell or maybe you are in the medical field and have an introspective on the disorder you would like to share.

To Submit:

  • All submissions will be done through Submittable. Find the form by clicking here.
  • Please submit 1-3 pieces of short prose (3000 words max).
  • Please title your work and edit to the best of your ability for stronger consideration.
  • Include a brief cover letter and bio in the space provided by Submittable.
  • Writers are encouraged to use their real names. However, pen names will be accepted. No submissions will be accepted under “Anonymous.”
  • Contributors will be given two contributor copies and the ability to purchase more copies at publisher cost.
  • All proceeds are donated to a non-profit TBD
  • We would love to broaden the view of eating disorders, so if you feel your story is unusual/atypical, it might be just want we are seeking.

The first edition of Light as a Feather was published in 2014. It’s described as- “With themes centered on eating disorders and mental health issues, many may hesitate to pick up this collection, expecting either a morose and somber compendium of struggle, or perhaps thinking there is nothing here they can relate to. They would be wrong on both counts. Light as a Feather is a potent and surprisingly gentle assemblage of voice and experience threaded together with a delicacy that almost belies the harsh, at times almost violent, brutality of body image, external perspectives and self doubt that go hand in hand with the issues being discussed.” For reference, please check out the first edition of Light as a Feather,available through all major bookstores/distributors. Click here to find it on Amazon.

In Search of Amazing Artwork

Are you an artist who has interest in seeing your work pass through the hands of an audience all around the world? Do you want to get paid for your artistic creations?

Consider submitting your artwork to our open call. Currently, author and poet, Jessica Helen Lopez, is looking for artwork to represent the cover of her upcoming book. This publication will be a second and more complete edition of her best selling chapbook, Cunt.Bomb. However, as opposed to the stark, plainness of her first cover, she would like this one to be colorful, symbolic, and eye catching.

Do you think you have some artwork that would fit this collection? It could be brand new or something hidden in your archives? Let us take a look at your art!

For inspiration, grab a copy of the original Cunt.Bomb. or check out some of Jessica’s poetry on youtube.

Please submit your file in a JPEG or PNG format through our submittable account. You may submit as many different times as you like. Include a short cover letter to let us know what your goals are as an artist.

We are not seeking a full cover design but an image that can be place on a book cover. We are capable of editing and/or resizing the artwork as needed. Although if you are interested in creating the full cover, we can discuss that process at time of selection.

There is no fee to submit your artwork. The artwork chosen by the author will receive a commission plus publication.

If you would like more information, please send us an email.

Submissions for Monthly Feature have Closed

BookmarkOur call for submissions to the Swimming with Elephants Publications Monthly Feature project has concluded. Much to our surprise and enjoyment, we received far more submissions than expected. Our editing staff has been very busy reading the vast assortment of submissions.

When creating an anthology, we may receive a hundred submission and grant publication to anywhere from 25-50%. Unfortunately, with this project we only have six slots to fill. With the overwhelming number of submission, this made our publication rate at about 6% (Yes, we really received that many).

We are working diligently to review submissions and send responses by the end of the month. Please do not be dismayed if your collection was not chosen.

We plan on attempting this project again in six months. If your work wasn’t chosen, please consider resubmitting at that time. You may resubmit some of the same material or create a completely new submission.

We invite you to continue to following Swimming with Elephants Publications. Within the next year we will be running several chapbook competitions, as well as other possible publication opportunities through anthologies.

Remember: Writers need readers. Please support your fellow artists by reading, sharing, and commenting on their work. Pick up a poetry book, swing by an open mic, or follow a blog or two. If you want to have an audience, you need to be an audience.

Thank you for your time and have a wonderful day!