In her recent essay “On Pandering,” published on Tin House’s website, Claire Vaye Watkins quotes a conversation with Elissa Schappell, where Schappell says to Watkins: “You keep using that word. Trend. It’s not a trend. We are here now. We’re not going anywhere. We are here now.” Watkins’s essay is a response to the underrepresentation of women writers, writers of color, transgender writers, and so on. It’s about a writer not seeing herself in the books she reads and the stories she is taught.
Starting in April 2016, Story Online will be changing its format. In addition to our annual print issues, we will feature an online issue every so often. From today until February 29th, send us your stories on what it means to be feminist now that we are here. Send us your stories on pandering as a writer of color, as a transgender writer, as a woman. Send us stories that celebrate Watkins’ call to action: to “burn this motherfucking system to the ground and build something better.”
Check out our submission guidelines for the specifics.