Calling all Indigenous Storytellers!

The Ex-Puritan is soliciting pieces from Indigenous folks for a special issue on Indigenous storytelling to be guest edited by Brandi Bird. We want to see the full range of what storytelling looks like in the contemporary moment: submissions that would fit into any of our regular categories (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, interviews, reviews) are encouraged, and we especially encourage entries that fall under hybrid or experimental categories. While we envision hybrid/experimental as exploring multi-form writing in combination with disciplines including (but not limited to) visual art, mixed-media, science and technology, audio/oral storytelling, performance, and video, the sky is truly the limit here, as there are no genre limits when it comes to what storytelling can entail.

Please note that submissions to this special issue are open only to folks from Indigenous communities. If you are not from an Indigenous community, you are of course welcome to submit to the regular submission categories for The Ex-Puritan, but please do not submit to this special issue.

All entries are free of charge; if submissions have been disabled on our Submittable, it just means we’ve reached our monthly limit of no-fee submissions. If this happens, please wait until the first of the next month to submit, as the free entries will restart. All submissions are considered equally. Our base rates are as follows:

· $100 per interview

· $200 per essay

· $100 per review

· $150 per work of fiction

· $35 per poem (or page, capped at $120 for poems running four pages or more)

· $50+ per experimental or hybrid work, at an increasing scale depending on the nature of the piece

Submissions are due via Submittable by July 10th. Share the word! 

About Brandi: Brandi Bird is an Indigiqueer Saulteaux, Cree and Métis writer and editor from Treaty 1 territory. They currently live and learn on Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh & Musqueam land. Their work has been published in Catapult, Poetry is Dead, Room Magazine and others. Their first book of poetry "The All + Flesh" is coming out with House of Anansi in Fall of 2023. They like to listen to the same song over and over again and love their three cats Babydoll, Burt and Etta. Headshot courtesy of Heather Saluti. 

Headshot of Brandi Bird in leather jacket holding a peace sign beside a pole with Lucifer written vertically in pink graffiti
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