Border Fiction Anthology (CFP)

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR AN ANTHOLOGY OF TEXAS BORDER FICTION, CREATIVE NON-FICTION, AND POETRY TO BE PUBLISHED BY TEXAS A&M PRESS NewBorder: An Anthology of Texas/Mexico Border Writing We are seeking submissions for a collection of the best fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction depicting life, culture, and issues of the Texas/Mexico Rio Grande Border tentatively titled New Border Writing: A Still Life in Words for publication by Texas A&M university Press. Tom Pilkington in State of Mind: Texas Literature and Culture writes: the future of literature in Texas appears bright. The future of Texas literature, however, is less certain. […] Some of us fear that the traditional culture, once a solid and (seemingly) permanent part of the Texas landscape, will be swept away in the current of change. […] I will continue to study the state’s literary record […] and to await the future with hope and a measure of trepidation. (169) Submitted work will challenge Pilkington’s trepidation and expand the corpus of the Texas literary pantheon and instill the traditional culture of the Texas borderlands in its words. We invite submissions of stand-alone novel excerpts under 7,000 words, short fiction under 5,000 words, creative non-fiction essays under 5,000 words, and up to five one page poems. Although we are looking primarily for previously unpublished works, published works will be considered. We are also inviting scholars to seek out previously unpublished works by classic south Texas authors such as Américo Paredes, Jovita Gonzalez, John Houghton-Allen, Hart Stilwell, Gloria Anzaldúa, or others. Works in Spanish are encouraged, but will be translated by the editors in a bilingual format.

Please send prose submissions to both and and poetry to Erika Garza-Johnson at


Acceptances announced no later than August 31, 2011. Editors: Brandon D. Shuler is a Literature, Social Justice, and the Environment Ph.D candidate at Texas Tech University. He recently edited the unpublished manuscript of Hart Stilwell’s Glory of the Silver King, due for release on Texas A&M University Press April 2011. He is currently editing the letters of Tom Lea and J. Frank Dobie for UT Press. Erika Garza-Johnson’s poetry has been published in The Texas Observer, Bordersenses, LUNG, and La Bloga. She is a graduate of the University of Texas-Pan American’s MFA in creative writing program and teaches composition and literature at South Texas College. Rob Johnson is a Professor of English at the University of Texas Pan American. He is the author of The Lost Years of William S. Burroughs: Beats in South Texas (Texas A and M University, 2006) and the editor of Fantasmas: Supernatural Stories by Mexican-American Writers (Bilingual Press, 2001). He teaches courses on south Texas literature and frequently writes and lectures on border issues.


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