Call for Submissions: The London Reader

Open Call: Stories of Inequality and Struggle
Deadline February 5, 2020

The ‘20s have arrived with a roar. Another global recession looms before many have even recovered from the last. Millionaires flaunt their wealth on Instagram while delivery drivers work from apps on multiple smartphones to afford the increasing rent on their shared room. Housing, education, and everything except technology has grown more expensive while wages have flatlined. Austerity has led to more urban rough-sleepers as billionaires leave luxury flats empty for their investment portfolios. The gap between the rich and the poor has grown the widest it’s ever been since the 1920s, and everywhere there’s the feeling: this cannot last.

The London Reader is looking for short stories, minifiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and art that reveals the human stories behind inequality (in all its forms: between classes in cities, between generations in communities, between rural and urban regions, and between countries), poverty, end-of-an-era (fin de siècle) decadence, billionaire indifference, millennial survival, any form of wealth gap, and other experiences of living poor on the growing bottom rung.

Submissions to this issue can include:
• A sleepless gig-economy employee stretches themselves thin to pay for their second degree.
• Two women suffer as their flatmate turns her room into a holiday destination rental.
• A street musician has mastered urban survival strategies for the under-employed.
• A narrator contrasts the characters of a stock-broker and a rough-sleeper on the same street corner.
• An unpaid internship requires applicants to jump through absurd hoops.
• Poor doors in posh buildings divide characters who hear but never see their neighbours at the same address.
• Rioters loot a luxury home and are aghast at what they find.
• A migrant from a low-income area moves to a megacity looking for work while a migrant from a megacity working online moves to a low-income area to afford living expenses.
• A retiree struggles returning to minimum wage work but finds commonality with their teenage coworkers.
• A delivery driver living in their van tries to balance their dating life and work life.
• A posh couple at a roaring-twenties-themed party in the California hills flees an encroaching wildfire but ends up stuck in traffic.
• An online influencer hides their fake wealth with their front-facing camera.
• An indebted millennial’s only retirement plan is an apocalyptic feeling the economy will collapse.
• Any other personal or human stories that explore low-income struggles or the gaps of inequality.

What to submit: Creative works can be stand-alone pieces or collections, but should be fewer than 5,000 words. Multiple submissions, simultaneous submissions, and reprints are welcome. Artwork should be favourably viewed on a tablet or a single page.

How to submit: The London Reader Submission Portal for this issue at http://bit.ly/LRinequality
If you have any questions or difficulty submitting, email coordinator@LondonReader.uk.

The deadline for submission on this theme is February 5, 2020.

Study Abroad Opportunity: Identities Abroad@Mexico

English majors: complete LSP 200 in Mexico as part of the Identities Abroad program!

Identities Abroad@Mexico is a new program that fulfills the Multicultural seminar requirement and includes a travel component to Mexico City and Chiapas in June to study immigration and human rights. The LSP 200 course takes place in Spring. There are scholarships available and applications are due Feb 1.

This program is part of the Identities Abroad program series which are low-cost programs that are designed for underrepresented students, including but not limited to students of color, first generation students, and low-income students. While Identities Abroad programs are designed with underrepresented students in mind, all students are welcome to apply to the program(s).

See the attached flyer for more details:

IA Mexico flyer 2020

Service Immersions Application Deadline is January 17

Explore. Serve. Learn.

“All the people that I met on the immersion truly reminded me of my purpose. My spirituality grew while I was there as well.”

-Spring Break 2019 Participant

This Spring Break, travel to a new city, engage in service and social justice work, and meet new friends! Don’t miss your chance to see the world through a new lens!

March 21-28, 2020

Apply here on DeHUB by January 17.

Scholarships are available. Please contact viatrips@depaul.edu with any questions.

Study Abroad Opportunity: Harry Potter and the Fan Experience

Join Profs. Paul Booth and Rebecca Johns-Trissler for a unique Study Abroad trip: Harry Potter and the Fan Experience!

The Harry Potter story is more than just a wildly popular children’s book series, it is an international phenomenon encompassing literature, film, drama, multimedia experiences, and fan culture. Taking unique advantage of two 4-credit DePaul courses — ENG 286 (Topics in Popular Literature) and MCS 363 (Topics in Fan Studies) — students in this short-term study abroad program will have the opportunity to delve deeply into the Harry Potter experience through readings, screenings, discussions, and in-person visits to sites of literary and cultural significance related to the Harry Potter series.

This short-term study abroad program will focus on sites that influenced the writing of the Harry Potter novels and the filming of the series—including visits to the Warner Bros. Studios in London and a performance of The Cursed Child in the West End—to enhance students’ understanding of the themes and issues of the story as well as the experience of Harry Potter fandom in general.

https://programsabroad.depaul.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10325

Important facts:

• The program fulfills two graduation requirements: A&L credit and experiential learning credit
• The courses will meet Monday nights in the Loop during Spring quarter
• Travel dates are 6/15-6/26
• The deadline to apply is February 1

Questions? Email Prof. Johns-Trissler at rjohnstr@depaul.edu.

Fellowship Opportunity: Luminarts

Applications are open for the 2020 Luminarts Creative Writing Fellowship. You could win $7,500, become a Luminarts Fellow, and as a Fellow be eligible for continued funding for your artistic and career development projects. The deadline to apply to the 2020 Creative Writing Fellowship is Friday, February 7, 2020. Click HERE to get started, or contact Luminarts at info@luminarts.org or (312) 435-5961.

Abroad Opportunity: City Internships

City Internships has launched their 2020 Internship Program application process and invites students to apply. 

Their Student Aid offering is still open. The calculator for students to check their eligibility is available here.

CI’s Global Explorer Programs in Chicago, San Francisco, Melbourne, Medellin, Santiago and Shanghai are filling quickly. Apply sooner rather than later.

Students can of course continue applying to CI’s other larger and longer-running Internship Program locations; which include London, Los Angeles, New York City and more.

Apply now at: https://city-internships.com/apply

See also the attached flyer and CI’s website for further details. 

CI Student Ambassador Program 2020 Flyer