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O, Miami invites you to help us create: And Donald Justice for All, an online archive of responses to the life and work of Miami-born poet Donald Justice.
Donald Justice (1925—2004) is the most important Miami-born poet, living or dead. A winner of nearly every major literary award, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Bollingen Prize, the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry and grants from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, Justice is one of the most important poets of the 20th Century. He was also an influential and beloved teacher. During his time at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Justice taught many of today’s most important living writers.
The goals of the creation of the archive are: (1) to celebrate the legacy of Justice as an important national literary figure and Miami historical figure; and (2) to create a free pedagogical tool for the general public that uses Justice as its inspiration.
Here are ways you can contribute content:
- Film or record yourself reading a Justice poem (If it's a video, you can simply send us the YouTube or Vimeo link)
- Film or record yourself telling your favorite personal anecdote about him (or the best piece of teaching advice he gave you)
- Write an imitation of a Justice poem
- Write an original lesson plan for students using Justice's poetry as a focal point
- Translate a Justice poem into another language
- Make a drawing, illustration, or painting inspired by a Justice poem
- Compose a piece of music inspired by a Justice poem
- Submissions with derogatory language or hate speech will be rejected
- If you're responding to a Justice poem, please make sure the title is included
- You may submit as many times as you like
Our criteria for books is two-fold: literary quality (highly subjective) + Miami-ness (even more subjective). We publish books in ALL genres: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, comics, graphic novel, hybrid, etc.
Here's what you should know in advance of submitting:
- Jai-Alai only publishes around three titles a year
- We're a small, independent press with independent distribution
- Jai-Alai is a labor of love - everyone who works here volunteers his or her time
- We are rarely able to provide advances or royalties
- We put more time, energy, and care into each book than the vast majority of publishers
- We ONLY accept online submissions
- We read and respond to submissions on a rolling basis. Since we're new to this, we'd rather not hazard a guess as to how long it will take us to get to yours. Feel free to contact us though if you feel like it's been too long.
- A cover letter that attempts to explain why this book might be right for Jai-Alai & for Miami
- A short biography of the author(s)
- 150 word synopsis of the project
- 2-3 sample pages (actually, this one is optional, but strongly suggested)
We regret that we are forced to be highly selective about the projects we take on. Due to volume, we are unable to comment on submissions.