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Living in a House on Fire

Living in a House on Fire

Many of us have experienced grief, anxiety and despair around the various outcomes of climate change–fire season, melting glaciers, declining bee populations, droughts, species collapse. Most recently our ways of being in the world have been radically challenged by the COVID-19 global pandemic, the cause of which could be linked to how industrialized farming has contributed to changing our disease ecology.

So, how do we, as citizens of this planet, live in a house on fire?

Prairie Fire invites submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction essays and poetry that explore the topic of living in our current time of tremendous uncertainty. We believe that taking on the task of articulating the affective consequences of climate change will help countless others as they find their own language for inevitable loss.

Guest Editor: Sheri Benning

DEADLINE: June 5, 2020.


 Submission Guidelines:

Submissions for this issue may be emailed or mailed. Emailed submissions still need to follow the submission guidelines.

Emailed submissions should be sent to prfire@prairiefire.ca, Subject: Living in a House on Fire

THE COVER LETTER

The cover letter should be typed. Be sure to include the following:

***Please state in your cover letter that you are submitting to “Living in a House on Fire”***

  • a two- or three-sentence biographical statement (with your gender pronouns);
  • your full mailing address, e-mail address and phone number;
  • the title(s) of the piece(s) you are submitting;
  • the genre of the piece(s) you are submitting (poetry, fiction, non-fiction).
  • Let us know if you are just starting to send out your work.

THE MANUSCRIPT

  • Send a maximum of three poems OR one story per submission and send only one submission at a time.
  • Maximum length for fiction and creative non-fiction: 5000 words.
  • Prairie Fire does not accept previously published work.
  • We ask that you let us know if your work is also submitted elsewhere, and, if it is accepted, to notify us right away.
  • Your submission should be typed (double-spaced) on one side of the page only. Poetry may be single-spaced.
  • Margins of at least 1.5 inches should surround all copy.
  • Each page of poetry must contain your name and address at the top left.
  • For fiction and creative non-fiction, centre the title halfway down on the first page, with your name below it. Include a word count at the top right corner of the first page and your address at the top left corner. Make sure your pages are numbered.