Open call until May 2023
Are you interested in the future?
El Porvenir, ¡Ya! was the award-winning first Chicano sci-fi anthology, but the future for raza is still left for us to imagine! Chicanofuturism: El Porvenir, ¡Ya! II is accepting fiction set in the future for Chicana/o/x people, nonfiction on thoughts about the future of raza, and digital images of any type that envisions how the Chicana/o/x future will look.
Submit unpublished fiction or nonfiction set in the future or about the Chicano future up to 25 pages. Submissions may be any number of pieces up to the 25-page limit.
Submissions may be in English or Spanglish and must be in Times New Roman, double spaced, 12pt, docx format. Digital submissions need to be hires and have an artist bio and photo. Submissions must not have been previously published in print or online magazines (your blog or social media is fine). Please attach an author’s photo titled with your name and a short bio in a separate document. In the email, tell us your background and why you are Chicana/o/x, briefly.
Please title the email "Chicanofuturism Submission” and send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Carmen Baca’s work captures reality, mythology and the mystery of years gone by using vivid language and feeling. One can smell every tree, thunderclouds rolling by, fresh tortillas on the grill, or the balls of fire as brujas approach.”
- Nicolasa Chávez, Deputy State Historian, Author and Curator
When she opens an old photo album, Bella falls into a world where the gente of New Mexican folklore are on the verge of disappearing if she, her family, and community forget them: Don Cacahuate y Doña Cebolla, Coyote, duendes, Santa Sebastiana/Santa Muerte, the deadly Malhora, Llorona, and Coco, among others. Ancianos of Bella’s family line teach her what no one else has told her about her culture: the practices of the curandera, the forecasting of the weather through Cabañuelas by the farmer, the history of the Spanish dialect spoken in northern New Mexico and almost nowhere else, and more. But will she survive to pass on the tales?
Bella is the youngest in her family, excluded from memories shared between her older siblings and parents, who only ask that she focus on her education. No one asks about Bella the person, Bella the silent observer, never chosen to play with her school peers or invited to parties. She avoids drawing attention to herself, minimizes her presence as much as possible. But could things be different one day? Her first chance to try might be in this alternate realm that resembles her home, but isn’t quite the way she’s ever experienced it.
CARMEN BACA taught high school and college English for thirty-six years before retiring in 2014. Her debut novel El Hermano, published in April 2017, was a 2018 finalist in the NM-AZ book awards program. Her third book, Cuentos del Cañón, received first place for short story fiction anthology in 2020 from the same program. To date, she has published five books and close to fifty short works in online literary magazines and anthologies.
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Publisher: Somos en escrito Literary Foundation Press (November 12, 2022)
Language: English with Spanish mixed in
Paperback: 233 pages
Somos en escrito Literary Foundation Press is a division of the Somos en escrito Literary Foundation, a non-profit tax exempt organization, which also operates Somos en escrito Magazine, an online literary publication (somosenescrito.com).