Ends on September 30, 2017

The Special Editions team is collecting stories of resistance for the creation of a book to be published in Spring 2018. One that will not only serve as literary and photographic witness to the daily acts of resistance occurring around the globe, but will provide needed inspiration to those considering charting their own path of resistance.

We believe that resistance can take many forms, and while some of them can be very public and vocal, such as activism and protest, that’s only a small part of the picture. We know that resistance starts with where you are where you are, and the things you do everyday. It’s about holding power accountable, standing up to discrimination, calling out oppression, and encouraging others to do the same. It’s about doing our part. And so much more.

A central element of the dacunha Special Editions philosophy is to showcase and amplify the voices and work of writers and artists who are often excluded from traditional publishing venues. While we invite and will consider submissions all submissions, work from those individuals and communities that are most at risk of exclusion and discrimination is especially encouraged.

We are open for submissions until the 30th of September 2017. All authors will will receive a response by the 31st of October.

Submissions Guidelines:

For your work to be considered, please follow the guidelines below:
  • We use Submittable to process all submissions.
  • We are accepting nonfiction stories in essay, memoir, poetry, photographic form, or a combination of genres that first and foremost tell a personal story about your experience with resistance. Please use the word count guidelines to infer length maximum size of your creative submission.
  • Word count should be no more than 5,000 words.
  • For photographic pieces, no more than 10 images per submission, 3500 pixels minimum, and images should be supported by contextualizing statements.
  • While you are free to send more than one submission, our intention is to include as many authors as possible, thus the chance of having multiple submissions accepted is remote.
  • For poetry, up to 3 poems will be considered one submission. 
  • Submissions must be unpublished. This means your story must not have been published in print or online, including personal blogs.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please notify us immediately if your piece has been accepted elsewhere.
  • Your submissions should be properly formatted in double space and and free of typos. Poetry may be single or double space and formatting should resemble how the poet envisions their work to appear on the printed page.
To give the widest range of voices possible, if your work is accepted, our experienced editing team will work with you to best showcase your story.


After caring for print costs, 50% of the proceeds from this book project will support emerging storytellers at daCunha.global, with the remaining 50% of proceeds split equally between the individual authors selected for publication in this book. All entries will also be eligible for our innovative compensation scheme, which can be reviewed here.

If you have any questions on information not provided in this call, please check out our FAQ section on our web page, or give us a shout on Twitter or Facebook.

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to receiving your submission.

Allan Rae
Managing Editor, Special Editions

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