Lonely Boy is an anthology project which will be published by Cormorant Books in Spring 2013. I am currently collecting stories for consideration to be included in the anthology.
If you are a published male writer who has a story you wish to be considered please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Continue reading for story guidelines.
Lonely Boy anthology criteria
This will be a collection of literary stories – creative non-fiction, fiction or poetry – by men about the loss of their fathers, either by divorce, death or emotional abandonment or distance. The stories, told in prose or poetry, must be creatively rendered – not merely a chronology of events – and ideally show a process of revelation of some kind. The story does not necessarily have to be wrapped up in an uplifting ending but should depict a journey of awareness through the loss, whether or not it is resolved.
I emphasize that the loss does not necessarily have to be death, but the absence profound enough to change the course of a life, or to cause the son to look elsewhere for a role modelling or direction. What I’m interested in is where/how/if the void gets filled.
The stories should be “exclusive to this anthology,” although is some cases, I will consider previously published work, depending on the venue in which it has already been published.
The project has a two-fold purpose:
a) to provide a glimmer of understanding and appreciation for this vital relationship that shapes men, and therefore much of the world.
b) to offer a venue for men to describe their inner lives, which our culture sadly rarely provides.
Book and story length
15-18 stories, approx. 10-12 pages long, between 3000 and 5000 words.
For poetry, please submit up to 5 poems, from which one or two will be chosen.
This will be a hard cover book totalling about 250 pages with my introduction.
To submit your story/poems or for more information please contact me at:
Carla Lucchetta is a Toronto based writer, journalist and television broadcaster and producer. She is a regular on-air contributor to TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin. She writes for newspapers and magazines and has published a creative non-fiction story, The Vigil, in a collection titled Mamma Mia: Good Italian Girls Talk Back (ECW Press, 2004). She has been unofficially collecting stories about men and their fathers for a number of years. Carla keeps a blog at www.herkind.com, where she writes about news, literature, culture, and attempts to define the way we live today. She will be the collector and editor of stories in the anthology Lonely Boy: Stories about Fathers and Sons, published by Cormorant Books in Spring of 2013.