Forthcoming Madonna anthology is accepting submissions from women writers!

**** Madonna Anthology Seeks Essay Submissions From Women Writers ****

I’m looking for sharp women-authored nonfiction essay submissions for a new anthology (to be published by Soft Skull Press in winter 2012) about our favorite freaky feminist singer/artist/’Sex’-er/mother/material girl: Madonna.
She’s been such a powerful, iconic cultural figure for the past 27 years (!).  For women and girls in America, it’s almost impossible not have been influenced, in some way, by her media presence.

I want to hear how Madonna has changed your life.  Love her or hate her, you probably have an opinion. Whether you think she’s a genius marketing maven, a pioneering feminist businesswoman or little more than a very rich stripper, I want to hear your perspectives.  How did her work affect your feelings, your mindset, your sexuality, your ambitions? How did seeing her videos on MTV change the way you thought about growing up female? How did your parents react when they heard you singing the lyrics to “Like a Virgin” at the dinner table?  What was it like the first time you saw her perform live? What about her pisses you off to no end?

I don’t care if you love her or loathe her. Just own a strong point of view, and write your essay in an honest, thoughtful, engaging fashion. Having a very specific, unique, or unexpected angle is a plus!

Some possible themes are below. No need to heed them if you have another idea of your own:

  • How your ideas about feminism changed, or were challenged, by Madonna
  • How her ever-changing image helped spark a transformation in your life
  • Madonna’s role in club / nightlife culture and how that impacted you
  • Madonna’s role as a mom
  • How her sexual expressiveness affected your feelings about your body or your sexuality
  • How Madonna influenced your thoughts about gender roles / identity
  • How she influenced your approach to romantic and sexual relationships
  • How she helped you come out
  • How you felt about her as a child or adolescent vs. how you see her as an adult
  • The many eras of Madonna (the club kid, the sex queen, the superstar, the spiritual seeker, the caretaker, the humanitarian) — in your own life, how have you evolved on a similar (or different) path as you grew older?

WORD COUNT: Submissions should be between 1000 – 5000 words, double-spaced and paginated.

DEADLINE: Feb. 15, 2011

Please send your submission via email, as a Microsoft Word document attachment, to Also include your full name, address, phone number, email address and a short author bio.

CONTACT: Feel free to email the editor, Laura Barcella, at with questions.

Writers whose work is selected for publication will be notified as quickly as possible. They will be paid a small stipend ($TBD) upon publication, and will also receive 2 copies of the book.

ABOUT THE EDITOR: Laura Barcella is a San Francisco-based writer & editor who has written for more than 40 magazines, newspapers and websites, including the Village Voice,,, Time Out New York and the Chicago Sun-Times. She contributed to the acclaimed book BitchFest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism From the Pages of Bitch Magazine. This will be her first anthology. Visit her website at


3 thoughts on “Forthcoming Madonna anthology is accepting submissions from women writers!

  1. My forthcoming Madonna anthology is seeking submissions from women ……

    Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……

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