Urban Ivy is currently seeking creative nonfiction, essays and poetry for our large-format art book - Love, You.
For nonfiction, we’re looking for essays of about 1,000 words. Your piece should offer our reader (whom we think of as “her”) introspection, fresh ideas, and provocative storytelling. Simultaneous and previously published submissions are welcome from anywhere in the world. See the categories listed below for specific subjects we hope to include.
You may submit essays and poetry online through our Submission Form. Please note, we gravitate toward submissions structured around narrative, but we’re always happy to be pleasantly surprised by work that breaks this mold. Above all, we’re most interested in submissions that surprise us with new ideas about the dimensionality of love.
Selected contributors will receive payment for first serial rights ($50 USD for poetry; $150 USD for essays) as well as byline credit and a copy of the book. Love, You will be published in Spring ‘19.
THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS DECEMBER 31, 2018.
ABOUT THE BOOK
“Love, you.” is an intimate and stimulating collection of powerful images, provocative thoughts and probing questions that invite you on a self-guided journey to uncover your narrative and tell your own story. The story of you- from you, to you.
The book is divided into eleven sections, illuminating a different area for self-exploration, dialogue, and offers opportunity for an honest perspective about where you’re at and where you’re going - while scribing your own thoughts, reflections and ideas within the pages.
“Love, you” is an invitation to unravel and share your authentic self with the world and, more importantly, with yourself.
I explore where I am in my life—literally and philosophically. I push myself to articulate this place in my own voice, to the best of my ability, without the limits of being right or wrong. There is no need to know where I am going at this very moment. Maybe it’s clear. Maybe it’s blurry. More often “where am I” is a small echo of mystery, the intangible and indescribable- and that’ okay.
Here I am- all of me, just as I am. Am I where I wish to be?- or where I pretend to be? If I could be nakedly honest with myself, I could come out of hiding an answer “Here I am!”. This is my personal declaration that I am present. But what does saying “Here I am” involve? How do I identify my emotions, own my lessons, confess my truths, accept my strengths and all of my should’ve would’ve and could’ve’s?
How do others see me? Does what people say about me resonate with me? How people see me may not be my ultimate truth—but it plays a part of my narrative. What would happen if they did see me? Would they stay or would they leave? Do I care? Should I?
What do I think about that doesn't serve me? What thinking do I need to purge and release in order to make space in my life? If I focused on choosing my thoughts and changing my narrative, what might I be capable of? My old narrative may have had power in the past- but now I don’t think so.
What’s the purpose of dreaming big, just to come back to day to day life? Does dreaming serve a purpose? What if dreaming isn’t entirely about reaching my dreams but ultimately about my own growth? What if dreaming gives birth to other things, bigger ideas that I could only visualize once I got out of the weeds and into the clouds. What is dreaming is about the transformation of me- the dreamer.
There’s a dual desire in me—to know what I don’t know, and also not to know the whole story of my life. This duality sparks my curiosity that perhaps “not knowing” can be seen as a surprise. A gift. After all, it would be a very mundane life if the “I don’t know” phases ceased to exist.
The concept of surrender is blurry and crystal clear. There are diverse ways I interpret, solve and surrender on a daily basis. Is surrendering an art, path, or destination for me?
If I rid myself of old expectations and worn-out beliefs what’s left? What is my new narrative—my “new truth”? If I close my eyes what does it look like?How can my former experiences and lessons become a foundation for new plans, new dreams, new projects to come to life? What is required for me to recalibrate my viewpoint so that my new truth is more powerful than the former?
As I reflect upon my relationship to the beautiful perplexing world I live in, do I let the reality of the world's complexity beckon me further, even to the parts of the world I don’t know? What does the world I belong to look like? How can I thrive within the paradoxes of the world around me? True, I may not be in control the world around me, but what role do I play in it? What value do I extract from it and what values do I contribute to it for others to consume?
When I slow down and consider the road ahead of me, I see a broad spectrum of possibilities. How can I continue to widen my eyes to the infinite sky of possibilities when the road I will travel is unknown?
As I reflect upon who I am, I understand that my past has made me who I am today. Instead of trying to forget the past, or undo what has already been done, how can I give fire to it? How can I see my roots -whatever they may be- as part of my beauty?