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Guernica’s 2016 special issues

Guernica is now producing quarterly themed issues that follow our regular online format. In 2016, the magazine will be tackling the theme of the future.

In our next series of special issues, Guernica will turn its gaze toward the future. Who are the arbiters of the new present, and what will we bring with us there? We’ll explore new and emerging developments in health and government, climate and communication, and consider structures that, as we barrel ahead, are falling apart.

The Future of Language (March 15): Are we moving toward more universal modes of language, or do we misunderstand each other now more than ever? Guernica is interested in the language of politics and propaganda, but also in the language of emojis. Think verbal and nonverbal communication, poetry and technology, the development and dying out of particular cultural and social and racial and gendered vernaculars, multilingual spaces, advances in translation, and the future of literary traditions and oral histories. Submissions now closed.

The Future of Cities (June 15): The future of our cities, in this age of climate change and mass displacement, is relevant as ever and changing quickly. The magazine will consider issues of food and agriculture, government, density, immigration, the refugee crisis, housing, ownership, control and policing, and the meaning of place. We’ll turn an eye toward eco-cities, mega-cities, ephemeral cities that are built up for some brief time and then broken down again. This is about the ways we organize and disorganize ourselves. Submissions now closed.

The Future of the Body (January 2): From leaps ahead in medical science to increasing gender fluidity, Guernica will take a look at what lies in store for the body. We’re interested in artificial organs and innovative transplants, novel ways of confronting birth and death, cultural norms and rites surrounding the body, self-care, end-of-life care, cyborgs. Who and what governs our bodies? How to reclaim control over them? Submissions now open through December 1, 2016.

The Future of Work (Sept. 15): As another Labor Day passes us by, we’ll explore the demise of the work week, long-distance commuting, and the future of fields from education to engineering. Also, freelance work, contract work, volunteer work, automated work, outsourcing, the shifting sands of capitalism, new notions of productivity, leaning in and leaning out. What’s the value of labor in this changing economy? Who’s the boss? Submissions now open through February 1, 2016.

Submission Guidelines:

In each special issue, we will publish several pieces of nonfiction (journalism, reportage, polemic, personal essay, creative nonfiction; this includes longer features of approx. 2,500-5,500 words and shorter essays of approx. 800-2,000 words), interviews, and multimedia works.

To submit to a special issue, please follow our submission guidelines and include the name of the issue in your title. Please do not send in work for issues for which we are not yet accepting submissions. All submissions will also be considered for future issues of the magazine.