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Round 1: Preparation of Texts for the Convening

All authors selected by the editorial board to develop their preliminary texts for presentation at the convening will be notified by January 26, 2009.

The project’s editorial board will select preliminary texts that represent the most fertile topics of inquiry based on the texts’ importance and relevance to the field and quality of writing. Ultimately, the editorial board is charged with selecting texts and related themes suitable for generating real dialogue and the sharing of varied ideas and perspectives at the convening. Please note that themes are selected in response to the collective set of texts submitted and are not pre-determined. These themes will serve as the organizing structure for the March convening.

Community practitioners*, community leaders/members and students submitting texts selected for inclusion in the convening are eligible to receive writing stipends for the ongoing development of their articles, papers, and essays. Additionally, community practitioners and students are eligible for travel and accommodation stipends.

*Community practitioners are community members, artists, activists, organizers and others dedicated to social change, community empowerment/building and the arts who are not presently employed as fulltime or adjunct faculty (receiving benefits) and/or teaching more than 9 credits as at the college/university level.

Round 1: Timeline for Development of Texts Selected for Presentation

January 26 - Authors of accepted texts are notified.

January 28 - Selected texts and themes are posted on the MICA Project Website.

March 23 - Revised full-length texts are re-submitted.

March 31 - Revised, full-length drafts of selected texts are posted for on-line review by convening participants and other interested parties.

Guidelines for Texts Submitted for Presentation to the Spring 2009 Convening

  • Texts must reflect a natural extension and/or elaboration of the ideas, topics and issues articulated in Round One texts.
  • Texts may be expanded (at the discretion of the author) to a length that best supports the author’s intentions—but should be no more than 20 pages or 5,000 words.
  • Texts are to be submitted digitally as a virus free attachment via using the Second-Round Article Submission Form in MS Word format, double-spaced, 12 pt. Times Roman type with pages numbered. From the Second Round forward, PDF files are also acceptable for articles embedded with images and visuals.
  • Academic authors are asked to use MLA. In the interest of copyright and intellectual property, at minimum all articles should include the following:
    • Appropriately cite any references to other authors, publications, or performances as “works cited” and include author’s last name, and date. For direct quotes, include the page numbers in parentheses directly following the quote or reference.
    • Bibliography/references should be included at the end of each article.
    • Publications, authors, or performances referenced in the text should be listed in alphabetical order by author’s name, include the title of the publication or performance, the publication date, and publisher. In the case of web references, the full website, and the date accessed should be included in the bibliography.
  • Previously published texts will not be accepted.
  • Texts are to be in English.
  • Do not double-space after a period.
  • A limited number of photographs and other visuals are permitted during the second-round submittal process.