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O:JA&L’s HOT BUTTON PRESS Contemporary Issues

SPECIAL CALL FOR CONTEST SUBMISSIONS
COUNTERREVOLUTION STORIES
$750 CASH PRIZE TO WINNER

AN ENTRY/READING FEE OF $10 (USD) APPLIES.

CONTEST OPENS APRIL 15

CONTEST CLOSES August 10
or when 100 submissions have been received.

SUBMIT

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters and its imprint HOT BUTTON PRESS Contemporary Issues will consider CONTEST submissions of prose writing to 5000 words as COUNTERREVOLUTION STORIES.

O:JA&L’s imprint HOT BUTTON PRESS Contemporary Issues will consider CONTEST SUBMISSIONS of COUNTERREVOLUTION STORIES.

Counterrevolution stories convey one’s own personal experience with woke injustice. They stand in contrast to the dominant “woke” ideology, which, in purporting to oppose injustice, has succeeded mainly in perpetrating its own oppressive version of it. Counterrevolution stories may be fiction or nonfiction, serious and reflective, or comedic or satirical.

Submitters certainly can be, but need not be, straight White males. Submitters might also be Black conservatives, trans people who have something contentious to say about the LGBTQ movement, artists, legal immigrants who support enforcement of immigration laws, members of the military, the police forces, the private or public education systems, government employees with an insider’s perspective, or any number of other identities. We invite all who have something counterrevolutionary to say to share their stories of woke marginalization and oppression with us.

What is “wokeism” exactly? It is the social justice warrior’s pseudo-religion of critical race theory presenting as Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) practices, Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) policies, White Studies, as well as other critical theories presenting as Women’s Studies, Gender Studies, or any of the various academic disciplines rooted in real-world manifestations of the fusion of classical Marxism with postmodernism. “Wokeness” has been described as “applied postmodernism,” which “rejects innate human nature, objective truth, knowledge, reason, and the individual, replacing them with socially constructed identity groups, cultural and value relativism, ideologies, and indistinct categories.”

For those who wish to explore a bit further, counterrevolution stories stand in counterpoint to counterstories, a popular genre that for decades has been a major part of far-left critical race theory.

GUIDELINES:

A cover letter is required and should include the writer’s contact information, the title of the work, the type of work (fiction, nonfiction, essay, memoir, etc.), and the writer’s professional biography of 100 words or less in third person. Writers may elect to release works under a pseudonym without a biography. This preference must be stated clearly in the cover letter.

Regarding works accepted for publication, O:JA&L claims first international rights, first North American rights, and the right to archive the accepted works on its website and to publish the winner and all finalists as individual free PDF pamphlets in the 2024 pamphlet series issued under the O:JA&L imprint HOT BUTTON PRESS Contemporary Issues. Each author of a PDF pamphlet in this series will also receive a free license for production, sale, and distribution of the O:JA&L version for the author’s own purposes.

All other rights revert to the author upon publication. OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters and HOT BUTTON PRESS Contemporary Issues ask to be identified as first publisher if published works are reprinted elsewhere.

Expedited evaluation of your submission is not available in this category.

Contest entries may contain no more than 5,000 words, not counting the title, byline, and any epigraph.

All contest entries are eligible for publication.

Contest entries will be received only through the O:JA&L submissions manager.

Submissions in .docx file format are preferred.

A limit of one entry is permitted to each submitter.

An entry fee/reading fee of $10 (USD) is required for each entry.

Award money for the winner will be paid by direct transfer.

Contest judges will remain anonymous until after the winner is announced on September 1, 2024.

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