I’m currently looking for smart, thoughtful women-authored nonfiction essay submissions. It’s for a new anthology all about our favorite freaky feminist singer/artist/’Sex’-er/mother/material girl: Madonna.
She’s been such a powerful, iconic cultural figure for the past 26 years (!). For women and girls in America, it’s almost impossible not to have been influenced, in some way, by her media presence.
I want to hear how Madonna — her music, her persona, her image, her lyrics — has changed your life. Love her or hate her, you probably have an opinion; she elicits major passion from millions of people. Whether you think she’s a genius marketing maven, a pioneering feminist businesswoman or little more than a very rich stripper, I want to hear your perspectives. How did her work affect your feelings, your mindset, your sexuality, your ambitions? Where were you when you first heard her music, and how did it make you feel? How did seeing her videos on MTV change the way you thought about growing up female? How did your parents react when they heard you singing the lyrics to “Like a Virgin” at the dinner table? What was it like the first time you saw her perform live? What about her pisses you off to no end?
I’m looking for a wide range of perspectives. I don’t care if you love her or loathe her — just own a strong point of view, and write your essay in an honest, thoughtful, engaging fashion.
WORD COUNT: Submissions should be between 1000 – 5000 words, double-spaced and paginated.
DEADLINE: September 1, 2009
DETAILS: Please send your submission via email, as a Microsoft Word document attachment, to email@example.com. Also include your full name, address, phone number, email address and a short author bio.
CONTACT: Feel free to email the editor, Laura Barcella, at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.