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Call for Submissions for Project on Internment of Italian Canadians during WW2

The Association of Italian Canadian Writers, in partnership with Guernica Editions and Accenti Magazine, invites submissions for a project on the internment of Italian Canadians during the Second World War. The aim of the project, funded by the Community Historical Recognition Program (CHRP), is to increase public awareness and knowledge about the internment of Italian Canadians during the Second World War, in the hope of bringing about a greater understanding of broader issues such as racism and discrimination – in both historical and contemporary terms.

The project consists in the production and wide distribution of two companion volumes on the internment – in traditional print media and as electronic books. As well, selected material will appear in issues of Accenti Magazine.

One book will be devoted to scholarly material, with a focus on critical analysis of the internment from a number of disciplinary perspectives, including historical, political, social, economic, legal, literary, religious and cultural analysis. The companion volume will consist of works about the internment with a creative focus: an anthology to include works in various literary genres (shortfiction, memoir, poetry, and drama), and that may incorporate representation of visual arts such as photography, painting, sculpture and multimedia projects.

Academics, journalists, writers, and artists are encouraged to submit material for review. While the preference will be for unpublished works, published material will also be considered. As the books will be distributed free of charge, remuneration will consist of a copyright fee.

For ease of consideration and distribution, please submit work as an email attachment in Word format to: If submission by email is not possible, please send manuscripts (along with an electronic copy on CD, DVD, USB drive) to:

Association of Italian Canadian Writers

7181 Beaubien

P.O. Box 41

Montreal, QC H1M2Y2

Submission deadline: August 15, 2011.

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Funded by the Community Historical Recognition Program (CHRP) Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

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