Rub-a-dub-dub, three men in a tub…Those of us who grew up in Anglophile cultures know this rhyme well though we may not get the original story behind it. The nonsense rhyme is the ghostly residue of an old English tale the details of which no longer matter.
Likewise the musical artform Dub engages us with intriguing echoes, ripples of sound, “shattered songs” (as Michael Veal calls them in his magisterial study Dub), and languid, resonant fragments of the original.
In this issue of PREE, we are looking for work raw and lyrical, textured and playful. Work that is stripped down to the basics of rhythm and then rebuilt; transformed with freedom and spirit, embracing all the tools at your disposal.
Rub-a-dub-dub explores origins, and new futures of craft, weaving the traditional and the playful until it becomes something of its very own, reborn into perturbations and undulations that can barely be contained. We invite you to explore improvisation and play, lyricism and chat, transformation and the hybrid.
Perhaps you would like to explore freedom from conventions. Bodies twisting in motion, adornment and style. Perhaps eroticism, sexuality & gender. Find yourself writing about radio waves and remixes, crowds and dance, origins and futures.
Or offer us your archive of rub-a-dub and what it means to you. Rub-a-dub style and how it found its way into our kitchens and yards, memories and futures. We want your commentary, your memory, your taste for textured sound.
Perhaps you imagine the brightness and brilliance of dub as a converging place for the fantastic? Shapeshifters and creatures drawn to the irrepressible heat and sound of the dancefloor? Perhaps you imagine how sound might change and carry us into the future, a source of joy, conflict or liberation?
Send us your work; lyrical, rhythmic and stylish, stretching structure and form, mashing up traditional and digital, transforming and becoming. We seek speculative & realist fiction, creative nonfiction, memoire, poetry, graphic fiction, artworks, video essays, art writing, film scripts and any other form you feel impelled to write. Let your writing reverberate in the sixth issue of PREE.
The deadline for submissions ended on August 15, 2020. Submissions are now being reviewed and decisions will be made by early October. We are still open for submissions to the Brawta section of the Rub-a-Dub-Dub issue which is usually published approximately two months after the main section in November.
June 23, 2020: PREE now has a new section, PREE Views, designed for commentary and introspection on contemporary issues. The first edition looks at Race and Racism in the Caribbean in response to current debates on the #GeorgeFloyd atrocity and the #BlackLivesMatter protests. For the second edition, Lifting the Floodgates (https://preelit.com/blog/), we would like to consider the statue wars and other controversies. Submissions on this or any other current event or concern may be sent to email@example.com.
Anchor image by Ania Freer: Signpainter Kemel Leeford Rankine with his sign that headlined the 2019 NLS exhibition ‘All That Don’t Leave’, curated by Ania Freer.
Guidelines for general submission can be found below
If you have any queries, comments or just want to get in touch, let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
If you are a publisher or agent who wants information about submitting writers you publish or represent please email email@example.com
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.