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Thursday, June 22, 2006


Fifteen Candles: 15 Tales of Taffeta, Hairspray, Drunk Uncles, and
other Quinceañera Stories.
HarperCollins/Rayo Anthology
Edited by Adriana Lopez
Publication date: Summer, 2007
Deadline for Pitches: June 26, 2006. Please include a 1 page story
idea, a bio note, and information on previous publications.

As hard as you may have tried to forget that nightmarish Quinceañera
your parents forced you to have or perhaps you really wanted for
ambitious reasons of your own---this anthology will smack you in the
face with those white taffeta tainted memories. We're looking to
ensemble a collection of 15 kitsch-filled, humorous first person tales
about this beloved and sometimes over-the-top Latino coming-of-age
ceremony. We'd like to know if yours was a disaster, if you attended a
Quinceañera party that ruined your sense of reality or good taste, if
you deflowered the Quinceañera in the bathroom (or were yourself at
your own Quince), if your Uncle was hitting on all the Quinceañera's
friends, or if any particularly laugh-out-loud Quinceañera experience
(either your own or one you attended) has marked you for life. We want
to capture the essence of this ceremony, in all its glory-- both good
and bad, but ALWAYS funny.

Think weird--like scenes out of John Waters' Hairspray, think David
Sedaris and Dress Your Family in Denim and Corduroy, think Sofia
Coppola's "The Virgin Suicides. Think your colorful aunts, with their
ten feet high hairdos, dirty dancing with your 15- year-old guy friends
to Madonna's "Like a Virgin." You know, images from our past that make
up who we are and which make us giggle after weve all had a few
cocktails. For a sense of the voice were aiming for, please check out
Bar Mitzvah Disco (Crown, 2005).

ESSAY LENGTH: 7,000 words
EMAIL: adrifrida@yahoo.com
SUBJECT LINE: Quinceañera Pitch
PAYMENT: $1,000. Upon publication
FINAL DEADLINE: August 7, 2006

About the editor
Adriana Lopez is a writer and editor based in New York City. She was
the founding Editor of Críticas magazine, Publishers Weeklys sister
publication on the Spanish- language publishing world and served as the
spokesperson for the Association of American Publishers (AAP) Latino
Voices for America initiative. Lopezs work has appeared in The New York
Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Time Out, Black
Book, Latina, among other publications. Her non-fiction essays have
appeared in Border-Line Personalities: A New Generation of Latinas Dish
on Sex, Sass & Cultural Shifting (HarperCollins, 2004), Colonize This!
Young Women of Color on Todays Feminism (Seal Press, 2002) and
Hopscotch: Latin American Cultural Review (Duke University Press,
2000). Her latest short story will appear in a fiction collection of
Latina writers coming in 2007 from Simon & Schuster. She is a member of
PEN America.

1 comment:

Justin Evans said...


The town where I teach is 80% Hispanic, and for a cracker like me to know what this anthology is going to be about, is strangely fun and exciting.

Unfortunately, none of the girls I know, not even any from my English classes, ever identify themselves as writers. Most of the families are from Zacatecas (sp?) and are not really here to nurture the writer in their daughters.

Number 15 is a huge deal in this town, and I am certain there have been some nightmares, but I doubt ANY of the girls in this town know who John Waters is, or what his brand of surrealism looks like.

One of the unfortunate truths is that our school has exactly one Hispanic teacher---who runs the ESL room, and she is really too much of a soft touch, often doing the work for the kids rather than helping them to do the work.

How would you like to come and teach for a semester?