PREE 8: Writing the Wrongs
News headlines of trusted “uncles” and pastors committing brutal sexual assaults, jaded lovers carrying out machete murders, and perverse taxi-men abducting girls have been too frequent and far too common across the Caribbean. For PREE’s eighth issue, we’re looking for submissions that bring the overwhelming violence against women and girls into focus. PREE invites you to take up your pen/ cursor/ mic and help to write the wrongs.
We call on you because writers must use their voices to bring attention to the stories of the voiceless, the invisible, and the exploited. We are unafraid to loud out the perpetrators and we know that our voices are our first line of self-defense.
Issue 8 is a way for us to say their names. Names like Clarabell Johnson. Names like Ashanti Riley. Names like Khanice Jackson. We say their names as mourning, as warning, and as a promise to do our part to highlight this pox that is upon all our houses. For those who have been silenced behind the iron gates of wealth, or stifled under zinc roofs of poverty, your lives matter and your stories must be told.
Writing the wrongs means asking the big questions and imagining real solutions. Are women and children entitled to safe domestic spaces? Do they have the right to speak about the traumas they are subjected to and name those who violate their bodies and minds? How do we protect girls so they can travel to their grandmother’s funeral safely in Trinidad? How will we keep young women safe who just want to get to their place of work in Jamaica? Who will protest for our girls and our women?
While violence against women is the focus, we are also open to stories of abuse and violence by women. As of this issue we also welcome off-topic submissions. The only price for entry is good writing. Flex your best with us.
The submission window will close August 15, 2021.
Image credit: Adele Todd. Blood Mas. Photographer: Joseph Yearwood.
If you’re unfamiliar with PREE we ask that you take a look at the content we’ve already published to get an idea of the quality of writing we expect. A fun fact: We wish we received as many prose submissions as we do poetry.
PREE now also has a new section, PREE Views, designed for commentary and introspection on contemporary issues. The first edition looked 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.