From Thich Nhat Hanh’s famous tangerine meditation, to Vandana Shiva and the Navdanya network’s subversive seed saving, to urban farming, landless peasant organizing, and efforts to liberate sentient beings from factory farms, the realm of food justice contains innumerable dharma doors. Food and food justice help us reflect on the meaning of profound teachings: interdependence, impermanence, generosity, right action. Through a spiritual lens, we analyze and resist the institutional oppressions that perpetuate racist, classist, ableist, and sexist exploitation, pollution, food and water scarcity, malnutrition, and poisonous foods. In our explorations of the dharma, we honor nature as more than just a resource. We seek to (re)establish harmonious relations of healing and wellness among all beings and the land, skies, and waters. To do this, we know we must take action to transform the status quo at the systemic level.
For the month of July at Turning Wheel Media, help us highlight issues of food justice! Submit your prose, poetry, photographs, interviews, video, audio, and multi-media work by June 15th to email@example.com. We welcome submissions from Buddhist, spiritual, and secular perspectives, though we will usually prioritize work grounded in Buddhadharma. We will also prioritize work with strong analysis of racism, gender and sexuality justice, ableism, capitalism / class war, and internationalism. Please read our submission guidelines, and send in your work by the deadline of 15 June 2012!
Turning Wheel Media is an interactive website engaged in the conversation between Buddhist teachings and issues of social justice and environmental awareness. We are particularly interested in stories and art that explore the ways that Buddhist practice informs compassionate action. We are also shifting toward prioritizing work with strong analysis of racism, gender and sexuality justice, ableism, capitalism / class war, and internationalism.
Since we are a website, we post features whenever they have been fully edited. We also make some of our features available as a quarterly downloadable mini-magazine, and we will be cultivating some of our features for inclusion in an annual print anthology. We are always looking for writers who are interested in engaging in online dialogue with readers who comment after your work has been posted to our website.
We publish material that promotes peace, social justice, environmental awareness, and social activism from the perspective of mindfulness and compassionate action. Our focus is on writing from a Buddhist perspective, but we have found Buddhist resonances in the core beliefs of all spiritual traditions. In other words, if your writing is grounded in the compassion that arises from an awareness of the interconnectedness of all life, you may be writing from a Buddhist perspective even though you don’t identify as Buddhist. We are particularly interested in articles that are either grounded in personal experience, or are helpful and encouraging to others, or inspire compassionate activism. Obviously, the more your work reflects these three qualities, the better. Our editorial bias is toward the experiential, and toward stories that exemplify how the personal is political, and the political is spiritual. And again, since the personal and political are shaped by social systems and structures, not just isolated individual experiences, we will be giving priority to works that show strong analysis of racism, gender and sexuality justice, ableism, capitalism / class war, and internationalism.
Language: Should be clear and accessible. Avoid academic styles, jargon, and flowery lyricism. No footnotes. Refrain from the utilization of polysyllabic signifiers whenever the message permits being communicated by monosyllabic signifiers. That is to say: Don’t use long words when short words will do.
Genres We accept:
- nonfiction features
- personal essays
- short fiction
- multi-media video or audio
Length: For articles: 800 to 2,500 words. (2,500 words is equivalent to about 7 typed pages, double-spaced.) We do occasionally publish longer pieces, but send us an excerpt and a query if your submission is longer than 2,500 words. Query before submitting a media review (book, movie, website reviews).
Submission policy: Please send submissions by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send your submission as an attached Word document, if possible, or paste it into the body of your email. We can also accept paper submissions by regular mail:
Turning Wheel Media
c/o Buddhist Peace Fellowship
P.O. Box 3470
Berkeley, CA 94703
Do not submit by fax.
We only respond to submissions we are considering for publication. However, feel free to check back with us about your submission after three months.
Formatting: All submissions should be double-spaced with 1-inch margins on all sides. The author’s name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address should be on the top right corner of each page. The title should be centered at the top of the submission. Supporting photos or art for the submission is helpful, but not required. If accepted the author will need to provide a short one-paragraph bio, written in the third person. We also ask for photos of our featured authors. We prefer head and shoulders shots with the subject looking directly into the camera.
For inquiries/ submissions: email@example.com