Anthology Seeks Stories of Veterans-turned-Scholars

Editors of an anthology regarding veterans in academia are seeking chapter-length works of creative non-fiction and memoir crafted with a general, non-academic audience in mind.

The purpose of the "Veterans in Academia" project is to "introduce readers to the diverse community that are veteran scholars." Deadline for abstracts between 500 to 1,500 words is Nov. 1, 2020. Notification will take place on or before Jan. 1, 2021.

In a call for submissions circulated on social media, they write: "We intend to problematize both the stereotype of the veteran and the academic by telling compelling stories of our individual journeys from service to scholarship."

Editors are open to all forms and combinations of memoir, creative non-fiction, and literary essay. Submissions should "demonstrate a strong grasp of narrative," and " must engage [a contributors'] identities as veteran and as academic, and find the space where the veteran experience informed one's academic pursuits." Within the content of work submitted for consideration, authors are encouraged to mention and describe one's scholarly efforts.

Suggestions/prompts include, but are not limited to:

  • What struggles did you face in transitioning from the military to academia?
  • What elements of your military identity served you in pursuing an academic path?
  • How did your military experience inform your academic work?
  • How has your academic work changed your perspective on your military experience?
  • How has your particular identity, genealogy, race, gender, LGBTQ, religious identify, or any other particularly affect both your experience as a veteran and as an academic?

Submissions may be sent via e-mail: veteranacademics AT gmail DOT com

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PHOTO CAPTION: West Lafayette, Indiana, Nov. 19, 2008—Purdue University agronomy professor George Van Scoyoc explains the difference between forest and prairie soils to Soldiers of the Indiana National Guard's 1-19th Agribusiness Development Team at the Beck Agricultural Center in West Lafayette, Ind., on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008. The Citizen-Soldiers will use this training and their civilian acquired skills to help Afghanistan farmers when the team deploys in 2009. "The opportunity to use our civilian skills for something positive is a rarity in what we do," said Capt. Brian Pyle. U.S. Army photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jeff Lowry


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