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Increase the number & diversity of women's voices in print! We connect across bridges and borders through poems, memoir, and stories.
Increase the number & diversity of women's voices in print! We connect across bridges and borders through poems, memoir, and stories.
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The Jane's IV Anthology: Bridges and Borders

Do you wish the publishing industry welcomed greater diversity among talented writers? We do! The Jane's Stories Press Foundation is an international 501 (C)(3) nonprofit that encourages diversity among women writers and the inclusion of many voices in the publishing industry. One of the ways we do this is by printing chapbooks and anthologies that include under-represented voices.

The Project

This project will publish the fourth Jane's Stories Press Foundation anthology, a collection of writing on the theme of "Bridges and Borders." It includes poetry, memoir, and fiction from both established and first-time writers. 

Among the writings potentially to be included in Jane's IV are:

The poignant story of Maria's difficult but persistent tries to enter the United States and her cynical assessment of her life here, originally published in "Bridges and Borders: Voices of Immigrant Women," a chapbook.

Jocelyn Johnson's "Coconuts," that so brilliantly describes the conflicts inside the mind of a young girl in school, struggling to figure out her true identity. As in the best short stories, Johnson leaves the reader wishing for more but is only left with a lot of unanswered questions. 

A new young poet, Ava (Hu) Love, contributed "imagine softly: a bridge toward summer."

Established poet Christine Swanberg penned "Bridges,"  a poem about recognizing the passages in our life, specifically for this anthology.

Many more superb fiction, non-fiction, and poetry pieces are to be included, assuming you can share in the funding of this excellent collection.

What Makes "Bridges and Borders" Unique? 

Our authors are a unique mixture of women who would normally have difficulty finding a publisher, and the women writers who have mentored them or other writers. For example, Janes worked with immigrants in the Chicago area, many of whom spoke English as a second language, to improve their writing to meet literary standards. Their voices and stories are spell-binding. This anthology crosses demographic borders of income, culture, ethnicity, beliefs, and age.

Where Will the Money Go?

Your contributions will cover the direct costs of publishing the anthology, including printing, cover design, administration of authors' contracts, and book launches and publicity. Amounts in excess of approximately $4,000 will fund the Jane's Stories Press Foundation mission in the form of future chapbooks, contests, anthologies, seminars, special projects, and training of mentors. 

How Else Can You Be A Part of Jane's Mission?

You can become a Jane, too. Women can join the Jane's Stories Press Foundation at our website, www.janesstories.org. You can purchase past publications at this link. We are especially looking for women writers interested in  leadership positions for the foundation. Please "Like" us on Facebook!

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    Your Name will be immortalized on the Acknowledgements Page of the JANE'S IV ANTHOLOGY!

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    We will mail you your own copy of the JANE'S IV ANTHOLOGY, with your name listed on the Acknowledgements Page. If you are outside the United States of America, we may require you to provide additional postage. Please provide us your mailing address.

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    We will mail you your own copy of the JANE'S IV ANTHOLOGY, signed by one of our Editors, and with your name listed on the Acknowledgements Page. International postage is included at this level (Please allow for additional shipping time). Please provide us your mailing address.

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    One of our current or former Board Members (let us choose who is most appropriate for your category of work) will critique your manuscript, up to 30 pages of prose or 3 poems. In addition, you will be listed on the Acknowledgements Page of the JANE'S IV ANTHOLOGY, and will receive your own copy. Please provide us your contact information, so we can let you know how and who to send your manuscript to.

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    At this fabulous level, one of our current or former Board Members (let us choose who is most appropriate for your stage of writing) will provide you with a ninety minute consultation to discuss your own publishing/writing career. The consultation will take place either by telephone or computer videoconferencing using "google" or "Go To Meeting." Please provide us your contact information. In addition, you will be listed on the Acknowledgements Page of the JANE'S IV ANTHOLOGY, and will receive your own copy after its publication in 2013.

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