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neglected Histories of arkansas contest




Et Alia needs your fresh perspectives to (re)write Arkansas.

Neglected Histories of Arkansas welcomes writings of any genre as well as visual art and photography that explore and share tough truths in and about Arkansas. We need work that will preserve and expand cultural memory in its diversity, and shine a light on the neglected and alternative histories of The Natural State. Especially if you’re an Arkansan of color, identify as a woman and/or LGBTQ, live with a serious health issue, are a whistle-blower, or live a lifestyle outside the mainstream, you probably know a different Arkansas than some histories have fabricated. Help (re) write Arkansas through this collection, which will be published and nationally distributed by or before Fall 2018.  



  • Extended Deadline: January 22, 2018 by midnight CST.
  • Must be a current resident of Arkansas or have resided in Arkansas long enough to "call it home" and be willing to return for readings and events. 
  • Writers send manuscripts of no more than 25,000 words or 10 poems and a $10 reading fee via Submittable.
  • Artists and photographers send 1-10 images of your work that represent a coherent collection and a $10 viewing fee via Submittable. 
  • Writers and artists may submit more than one manuscript or coherent collection, but each submission requires a separate $10 fee. 
  • In your cover letter, specify your work as nonfiction, fiction, poetry, or hybrid if a manuscript, or describe medium if visual art or photography; indicate length of Arkansas residency at the time of submission; provide full name, address, and contact information. No identifying information should appear in your manuscript or artwork so that, to the extent possible, submissions will be anonymous. 
  • The manuscript winner receives $125, and five copies; two runners-up will each receive $25 and two copies. It is our hope to publish the work of the winner and two runners-up as an anthology, but we may publish fewer.
  • The art/photography winner receives $125, and five copies; two runners-up will each receive $25 and two copies. Each submission will be considered for incorporation into the cover design. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please withdraw work without delay if it is placed elsewhere.
  • The short lists in each category will be announced mid-February.
  • The winning manuscripts will be judged by H.K. Hummel, and the winning art and/or photography will be judged by Dr. Todd Herman, and will be published as a nationally distributed book by Fall 2018.
  • Email questions to etaliapressbooks at gmail dot com, with the subject line “Neglected Histories of Arkansas Contest.”  If the $10 reading fee presents a substantial financial hardship and is the only thing keeping you from submitting your work, please reach out to us via email and request a waiver of the fee.




H.K. Hummel is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and founding editor of Blood Orange Review. She is the author of Boytreebird and Handmade Boats, and co-author of Short-form Creative Writing: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology (Bloomsbury, 2018).  Her poems have recently appeared in The Hudson Review, Meridian, Booth, and Iron Horse Review. Visit her website at

Image by Jason Masters, reproduced with permission from Soiree Magazine. 

Image by Jason Masters, reproduced with permission from Soiree Magazine



Dr. Todd Herman has served as Executive Director of the Arkansas Arts Center since 2011. He was previously chief curator for six years at South Carolina’s Columbia Museum of Art and worked for seven years at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Herman has held two Samuel H. Kress Fellowships and has taught art history at universities in Italy, South Carolina, Virginia, and the Midwest. Focuses during his tenure at the Arkansas Arts Center include an emphasis on increased access to the arts for everyone and expansion of educational outreach.