UPDATE: Due to the continuing health crisis, we have extended our submission deadline. Please stay safe and well.
The Head & The Hand’s mission is to publish writing that has the power to spark change and entertain. We are interested in work that uses a storyteller’s sensibility and narrative to bring activism to life. This is why we’re so proud to partner with the Venceremos Brigade (VB), an organization that has been attracting individuals from all backgrounds to meaningfully engage with the people, the politics, and the island of Cuba itself for the past 50 years.
Our goal is to publish reflections of the time spent working and living with the members of the VB and how that experience created ripple effects of lasting change for the participants, both during the trip and long after--especially from those who return to Cuba multiple times to continue the work. We want to hear stories of wildly altered first impressions, the power of working together to achieve a common goal, and those completely unpredictable moments that happen off the clock--the moments of connection fueled by good food, good music, a sip or two of rum, and honest conversation.
Please send works of short fiction and creative nonfiction between 3,000 and 5,000 words in length, and poetry collections of between 5 and 10 poems. Accepted pieces will be published in our traveling chapbook vending machine and will be available for download on our site. A brief cover letter describing the work should be included in your submission. Contact information including the author's name, email, and telephone number should be included in the cover letter. Writers will be compensated for accepted pieces. Submission deadline is May 31, 2020.