The submission window for Issue 3 of PREE is open January 1–February 28, 2019. The theme is #TheCaribbeanIsNotARealPlace.
A long time ago, when the Caribbean was a new tourist destiNATION, postcards portraying our home as exotic, yet domesticated, were sold to happy holidayers. Such images transmitted deceptively idyllic scenes to the outside world with designers and photographers carefully editing out electricity and telephone wires—modern clutter—from the landscape.
What is the Caribbean beyond the visage it presents to the world? The hyper-hospitality zone fringing each island, frantically signaling ‘come hither’ messages to mostly white visitors is rarely as hospitable to its own citizens. ‘Just another day in paradise,’ sings David Rudder in a cynical moment. But it’s a valid point: for whom does the Bird of Paradise bloom?
How do those born here view the Caribbean when they look back at it? We’re talking about second and third generation immigrants who yearn for their country—the-real-place—as identity and ancestral home, sometimes with nostalgia for a place that never existed (not a real place); sometimes with dislike and fear and a need to focus on events and partial realities that confirm they did the right thing by leaving.
#TheCaribbeanIsNotARealPlace also feeds our subconscious insistence on self-mockery, picong and old talk. It pairs well with our own (sometimes personal and biased) feeling that this place is not real in the manner of urban metropolises. Mostly though, the theme might say: It is not YOUR real place. YOU are anyone who has not lived this reality: painful, harsh, dismissive, ineffectual, self-defeating, joyous, resilient, creative, weird, surviving.
We share jokes via Whatsapp and social media every day. But how are jokes about corruption, abuse, crime, and madness even funny? The great talent in our best humourists comes in the delivery of clever punch-lines that temporarily dissolve our anxieties and shame. They set us free in fits and bursts. As many of our best writers, musicians and critics tell us, this is ‘serious joke’.
This third issue of PREE seeks to expand how Caribbean writing critiques reality in order to cope. Kincaid, Ladoo, Winkler, Selvon and even Kei Miller’s FB posts amuse us as we navigate the grotesque absurdities of the Caribbean, its pathologies of paradise. Can we also write about the Caribbean as place, as myth, as imagination? We’re using the text of prose and poetry or the word captions of a meme; we’re scripting the voice of a West Indian dubbed classic movie or a YouTube viral video. PREE is inviting submissions that will tell a story of how we live in the surreal/unreal/hyper-real home we call the Caribbean.
We are grateful to Adam Patterson for allowing us to reproduce his ‘soft-shell urchin soaking in the sun’, a concept sculpture for the performance, Bikkel, 2018.
Guidelines for submission can be found below:
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Submitting to Pree
Pree will only accept works during our Submission window, and this will be in response to a call for submissions. As a general guide, take a look at the following criteria and keep an eye out for the next Call For Submission.
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Who Are You?
At PREE we want to showcase your writing and require original works (previously unpublished) for us to feature. The piece should not be under consideration elsewhere.
We’re looking for work by people who live in the Caribbean, are from the Caribbean, or are of Caribbean descent and live anywhere in the world. We will also consider publishing works on or about the Caribbean by non-Caribbean writers. If you are over the age of 18 and the Caribbean is part of your culture, heritage, interest, and passion, or right to abode, we’d love to hear from you.
By submitting your work, you acknowledge that, if accepted, your work will be subject to the terms and conditions contained in the Author’s Agreement, which may be found here:
What Are We Looking For?
Vivid pieces of finished work that fit our issue themes. This includes essays, articles, creative non-fiction, fiction, short stories, poetry, and photo essays.
We accept work written in Caribbean vernaculars, English, and representations of both. At this time we’re unable to accept submissions in other languages.
Length & practicalities
For prose (fiction and non-fiction) – anywhere from 1,500 words to 5,000 words.
For poems – 2-3 works.
We will only accept one submission per person and it’s important that this is the first place your piece has been published, both in print and digitally. You’ll retain the copyright on the work but we’ll be contracting for the right to publish that work for the first time.
Formats to submit to PREE
The Editors have different ways of reading
- Save the filename as TITLE OF PIECE (not as ‘essay’ or ‘short story’)
- Arial. 12 point. Double-spaced.
- Save either as a .doc, a .docx. We cannot accept any other format.
- We only accept submissions sent via email.
- Your name and the title of the piece should be on the front page. Please don’t embed your name on other pages.
- Finished work only, please. It can be within a minute of the last day but it needs to be finished.
Please check you’ve done all these things before submitting. We are unable to consider work that does not fall within these guidelines.
If you are sending POETRY, this is how we would like your poems to be submitted:
We will accept a minimum of two poems and a maximum of three poems. The poems can be any length. The poems must come in one single document. Each new poem must start on a brand new page in the document. It’s important you use Arial 12 point as the font and size. However, if you have specific formatting requirements for the poems, then they don’t need to be double-spaced. It’s important they be formatted as intended.
Please do follow these guidelines for successful submission.
What If I Don’t Get Selected For This Issue?
If you don’t get selected for the current issue, it just means we’ve collectively decided it didn’t fit this time. You can submit something for future issues on the forthcoming themes. You can only submit one piece once but please do keep submitting original work to us. We are sorry that due to time constraints we are unable to give individual feedback.
I’ve Been Selected, What Next?
Firstly you’ll get an email from us. We’ll then deliver notes on your piece and give you a deadline to get your polished work back to us. Following that, we’ll copyedit and send you the final version for approval before it goes live with the next issue.
We are currently unable to pay but hope this will change in the future. We are a fully volunteering body of editors who are passionate and committed about opening up the writing of the Caribbean to the world. Our role is to assist you in getting your work published and conveyed to a wider audience.
For new writers, we hope you’ll make your first publication with PREE and then we’ll aim to connect you with other journals and publishing houses where you can earn from your work.