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Call for Manuscripts, Spring 2019

Celebrating Ursula Le Guin

Oregon author, Ursula Le Guin, passed away in January of 2018 at the age of 88. She was an award-wining author of 21 novels, 11 volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, 12 children’s books, six volumes of poetry, four volumes of translation, as well as countless essays, criticism, and screen plays. She is often referred to as an author of science fiction and fantasy, but Le Guin was clear that she would prefer to be known as a “American novelist.” Despite this preference, she was quick to defend science fiction from what she saw as “literary snobs.” Her range of work resulted in a number of awards: six Nebulas, seven Hugos, Grand Master of Science Fiction, the PEN/Malamud and many others. In 2014 she was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2016 joined the short list of authors to be published in their lifetimes by the Library of America.

Le Guin’s writing was groundbreaking; her work cut to the heart of gender, politics, morality, and questions about what it means to live and die. Le Guin recognized the important role of writers in noting:

A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with care, with thought, with fear, with delight. By using words well they strengthen their souls. Story-tellers and poets spend their lives learning that skill and art of using words well. And their words make the souls of their readers stronger, brighter, deeper.

We are dedicating the Spring/Summer 2019 issue to the remarkable words of Ursula Le Guin. We ask you to share how Le Guin’s words have impacted you as a reader and writer? What writing by Le Guin have you shared with students in your classroom? How did students respond to reading her words? How have you used Le Guin’s writing to inform and inspire students’ writing? How has her work helped you and your students think about our souls—and our roles in the world?

Submit an electronic copy in Word (Docx) format to the Editor, and an accompanying separate electronic cover sheet including your name, mailing address, email, and a 2-3 sentence biographical sketch to the email address below. Manuscripts are reviewed in an impartial blind reading. To ensure this, please do not include your name anywhere in the manuscript but on the cover sheet. Deadlines are February 1 for the spring/summer issue and September 1 for the fall/winter issue. For more information, see our guidelines at http://www.octe.org/oregon-english-journal.html

Kimberly Hill Campbell

Editor of Oregon English Journal


Submissions must be received no later than February 1, 2019

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