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CFS :: Hands Up. Don’t Shoot.

The editorial board of the College Language Association Journal (CLAJ) invites the submission of essays, poetry, short prose, short drama, or book reviews for its special issue entitled, “Hands Up. Don’t Shoot: Critical and Creative Responses to Violence Toward Black Bodies in the 21st Century.” All submitted works must be previously unpublished.

CLAJ welcomes submissions of essays, poetry, short prose, or drama that engage the brutalization of black bodies in twenty-first century America with a particular focus on one or more of the following:

-the militarization of the police
-the criminalization of black bodies
-the intersections between gender, sexuality, and race


-Essays (18-25 pages)
-Poetry (3 poems; 30 line maximum)
-Short story (1 story; 2500 word maximum)
-Drama (1 play; 5000 word maximum)

CLAJ also welcomes book reviews of the following:

-Koritha Mitchell, Living With Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930 (2011)

-Radley Balko, Rise of the Warrior Cop: the Militarization of America’s Police Forces (2013)

-Charles E. Cobb Jr, This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible (2014)

Submissions must be received no later than January 5, 2015.

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