Call for Papers: ‘Women Write Now’
Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings

You are invited to submit papers for ‘Women Write Now’, an issue of Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings which seeks to engage with the work of contemporary women writers in fiction, poetry, drama. Since 2000 we have seen Nobel Prizes for Literature, Pulitzer Prizes for fiction, drama, and poetry, the Man Booker Prize, the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize awarded to women, significantly more than in any preceding decade. In the case of the Man Booker, Hilary Mantel secured the unprecedented achievement of being the first Briton, and the first woman, to be awarded the accolade twice. Inaugurated in 2006, the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa has been awarded to women writers in four out of seven instances. This increasing critical acclaim and recognition demands an examination of the current landscape of contemporary women’s fiction and poetry. Areas of interest for this special issue include but are not limited to:

  • Examinations of how the work of contemporary women writers has responded to or represented the many conflicts and disasters (economic, environmental, political) which have
    arisen since the millennium.
  • Treatments of history, heritage, and memory within contemporary women’s writing.
  • Considerations of how contemporary women writers are (re)negotiating a relationship with domestic spaces.
  • Notions of the local and the global within contemporary women’s writing
  • Explorations of how the work of contemporary women writers engages with the experimental and the innovative, both formally and textually.

Proposals for essays (250 words) should be submitted to Emily Timms (Editorial Assistant): mworlds@leeds.ac.uk by 15 September 2017. Contributors whose proposals are accepted will be notified by 1 October 2017. The deadline for submission of the essay is 31 January 2018. We expect to publish the issue by May/June 2018.