Hi, we're Summer Literary Seminars. And we want to make a book. We want to make a book because, after years of hosting some of the world's finest writers and so many phenomenally talented students, we're restless and want to feel nostalgic. Because there is too much talent here not to make a book -- our past faculty/students includes George Saunders, Adam Levin, Stephen Elliott, Dawn Raffel, Dave Eggers, Denis Johnson, Mary Gaitskill, William T. Vollman, Padgett Powell, Robert Coover, Eileen Myles, Sam Lipsyte, Chuck Klosterman, and others. We're going to get 'em all to contribute (well, we're going to try). They owe us. We bought them beer and plane tickets.
What is the book about? It's about Lithuania, where SLS has been running its world-class writing workshops and seminars. It's even about not-Lithuania. It's about diaspora, about longing, about belonging; it's about what the book ends up being about. We know that's not very precise. Apologies. But what we can promise you is loosely-themed but outstanding prose & poetry -- a very, very special anthology -- and exceptional photographs from Gregory Talas, who, with your help, we can finally bring to Lithuania to work his magic and teach our students.
We've reached out to many, many writers about contributing, and the response so far has been phenomenal. SLS has run some of the most popular writing contests in the country, and we are very excited about finally collecting those winners in one place. We're going to update the table of contents as we go along, and even post excerpts of stories/poems/essay. (Donors will get previews of entire stories.)
Your money will help pay for design, printing, and marketing. (The editors and writers are contributing their time and material for free.)
If you are interested in submitting to LITVAK: for a $15 donation (or more) we will read your work and consider it for publication.
Risks and challenges
Editing is difficult and time-consuming. We're hoping that the process goes smoothly, that contributions are in on time, etc. But writers are fickle people, so we're leaving a lot of time (six months) for the editorial process. And if we're wildly successful -- if every writer we reach out to wants to contribute, for example -- we will partner with an established publisher to give the book the treatment it deserves.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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