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An Adoptee Lexicon — Available for Preorder!

Raised Voice Press is thrilled to announce our first title, An Adoptee Lexicon by Karen Pickell, is now available for preorder!

Order directly from our site by October 31 to receive a copy signed by the author! You can also order now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Kobo.

 


Part-memoir, part-lexicon, this artful inquisition of the terminology surrounding adoption took my breath away. Fierce and eloquent, Karen Pickell handles the delicate material of her own life with searing honesty and precision, while simultaneously calling out the grief, loss, and sense of abandonment that is the reality of adoption. I wish I could have had this beautiful book as my companion and guide as I fought to navigate the anguish and complexities of my own adopted life. An Adoptee Lexicon is a gift; a must-read for anyone touched by adoption, a triumph of love over loss, and a powerful and searing reminder of the redemptive power of truth.

—Caitríona Palmer, author of An Affair with My Mother (Penguin Ireland)

 

In An Adoptee Lexicon, Karen Pickell divines not only the terminology of adoption, but words so often taken for granted—sin, child, name, parent, home—in the formation of all our identities, cutting through clichés that impede self-actualization and empathy. That we might not know who we truly are—that we might be wandering “detached from the earth itself, from the world of living things,” as Pickell hauntingly writes—is a truth this book embraces and with which it struggles, in which any reader, regardless of family history, can find kinship.

—Christopher Martin, 2018 Georgia Author of the Year in Memoir for This Gladdening Light (Mercer University Press)

 

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Update on Submissions

Our first open submission period closes in one week. If you’ve been planning to send us your work, please get your manuscript to us by midnight on Saturday, June 30. Full submission guidelines are here.

For those who have been waiting to hear from us, we will respond to everyone who has submitted no later than July 31.

We’ve been busy working behind the scenes to get Raised Voice Press up and running and expect to publish accepted manuscripts in early 2019.

Thanks for your patience!

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Submission Period Extended

Raised Voice Press is a new independent micro-press publishing creative nonfiction. We aim to encourage conversations by amplifying diverse perspectives.

Our first open submission period has been extended until June 30. We are seeking creative nonfiction manuscripts between 100-250 pages that might be described as literary nonfiction, narrative nonfiction, imaginative nonfiction, literary journalism, lyric essay, personal essay, personal narrative, or literary memoir.

We appreciate authors who illuminate unconventional and unnoticed aspects of existence. We want the unusual and the overlooked, the complex and the hybrid.

We offer a $200 advance plus 10 print copies of your book, as well as royalties. We will partner with you on developing a custom marketing plan and we will enthusiastically support your book’s success.

Our mission is to connect innovative nonfiction authors with eager, receptive readers. We want to help you be heard.

For details on how to submit, please see our full guidelines here.

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Call for Submissions

Raised Voice Press is a new independent micro-press publishing creative nonfiction. We aim to encourage conversations by amplifying diverse perspectives.

For our first open submission period, which closes May 15, we are seeking creative nonfiction manuscripts between 100-250 pages. We welcome work that might be described as literary nonfiction, narrative nonfiction, imaginative nonfiction, literary journalism, lyric essay, personal essay, personal narrative, or literary memoir.

We appreciate authors who illuminate unconventional and unnoticed aspects of existence. We want the unusual and the overlooked, the complex and the hybrid.

We offer a $200 advance plus 10 print copies of your book, as well as royalties. We will partner with you on developing a custom marketing plan and we will enthusiastically support your book’s success.

Our mission is to connect innovative nonfiction authors with eager, receptive readers. We want to help you be heard.

For details on how to submit, please see our full guidelines here.