Submitting work to Karawane:
The Big Picture
Karawane is seeking performance texts for two issues in 2017: One featuring Quad City writers and performers and the other from people all over the world. Here are our guidelines:
For the Quad City edition, our submission period will be September 1 - December 31.
For the national/international issue, the reading period will be March 1 - May 30th.
What we are looking for
Karawane is a magaine devoted to experimental or avant-garde writers who perform their work. You must meet both criteria in order to submit.
What constitutes a performance text? You tell us. When you submit, if it's not completely obvious how your work is a performance text, tell us.
We think performance texts may include but are not limited to:
Performance art scripts
Speeches and Orations
Please note that our bent is still experimental. We have always said for example, that we are spoken word more in the sense of Cabaret Voltaire than a poetry slam. You can submit slam poetry, but it needs to stand out head and shoulders above all other slam poetry. (See the box nest to this one!)
Ditto with short fiction. There are oooooodles of places that publish narrative work like short stories & creative nonfiction. So even if you do perform your stories or are a storyteller, we're still looking for work that pushes the boundaries of the form. Read what's been published in previous issues to get an idea of what goes over well with us.
And in both cases, tell us where you perform (ir)regularly and how these pieces fit with Karawane's mission.
For that matter, we're not apt to publish a neat, tidy 5-act play either. We're going to be looking for experimental forms of theatre. That doesn't mean we won't take play texts. But if you're submitting your plays to, say the Guthrie Theatre, we're probably not the place for you.
What is a Performance Text?
Along with the work in the reborn Karawane, we are looking for some reflections from you on what exactly is (or is not) a performance text. How do you work with text, how do you define your text, or anyone else's as a performance text, etc. We always welcome short essays of one paragraph, one sentence, all the way up to two pages DS. You can submit this with other work, or as your entire submission.