The New Farmer’s Almanac is a place for public thinking and artistic inquiry, a biennial compendium of arguments and actions relevant to our shared future on the land. In the almanac tradition, we include archival writing and images alongside contemporary work.
We are now accepting submissions for Volume V, to be published in January 2021. Deadlines are rolling; for best consideration, query by March 15, 2020.
Please query before submitting at email@example.com. Include a brief description of the work you’d like to submit, and a word or two on your connection to the land. You can pitch completed work, work-in-progress, or ideas on work-to-be.
We will consider essays, interviews, recipes, ruminations, reading lists, rants, star charts, stories, instructions, jokes, poems, dreams, or other curious textual things. For prose, 700 words (give or take) is our preferred length. (We’ve been known to be flexible, but we rarely publish works longer than eight pages). If you’re submitting poems, give us up to three to consider. If your work defies such categories, aim for one page, or two, or three (but no more than that unless we ask).
Visual Arts Submissions
We welcome photographs, original art, illustrations, picture essays, flowcharts, diagrams, maps, doodles, or natural world paraphernalia. Whatever your medium, materials should be submitted as 300 dpi grayscale images, formatted as .tiff, .png, or .jpg files. With each piece, please specify artist name, name of work, and medium.
Volume V, Grand Land Plan
This season, we’re seeking words and artwork centered on just, adaptive, resourceful, responsive land use. Interventions, futurism, manifestos for reciprocity. Do you have a plan for adapting to strange temperatures, rains, zone changes? Community governance and co-management strategies? Ritual frameworks to commemorate species die-offs? Design for a sanctuary? An arts practice engaged with wilderness, domesticity, questing, staying put? Visions for restoration and reparation that tune into land potential and its inherent logic? Land justice within a decade? Meditations on built environments, real or imagined? Microcosmic renderings of soil? Reports on land return? Maps toward equity? A story that corrects colonial settler mythologies? Radical tools for rangeland management? A letter from rural black America? A signpost from the borderlands? An invitation to action? A voice that hasn’t been heard?
What do you see? What ideas do you have for WHAT CAN BE DONE on, with, for the land?