Local Meets Global
The more connected we are, the more we thrive as a culture and as a community — both locally and across the globe. It is harder to dismiss someone from a different background or viewpoint when we have been privy to their side of the story. Now more than ever, with segments of the American political arena driving an upswell of latent racism, sexism, and xenophobia, it is crucial that all people be given the opportunity to be heard.
For a variety of reasons related to age, race, class, experience and other factors, many people find that although they have something significant to say, their voices get lost in the melee. The media and publishing industries often prefer established names to those that carry an inherent risk; as a result readers miss out on hearing stories and perspectives that they can relate to on a personal level. SITUATE exists to help rectify that imbalance.
More than just a medium for expression, SITUATE aspires to be host to a vibrant network of individuals actively engaged in dialogue about contemporary topics, life experiences, story, and the passions that feed us all. Our aim is to combine the broad view and outreach of an international entity with the groundedness and humanity of a local publication.
Issue #2: Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC, unceded Coast Salish Territory: a place of overwhelming natural beauty and deep webs of community. Wedged between the Pacific and the Coastal Mountains, this peninsular city is a bastion for the creative industries. Although it rains a lot and it certainly isn’t the tropics, when the sun shines Vancouver sparkles. The history of this area is rich and deep; starting with indigenous peoples who first inhabited the land, it later became the birthplace of Greenpeace, as well as the place where Jimi Hendrix visited one of the founders of the first black church in Vancouver — his grandmother. Here there is great wealth amid great poverty, both existing in close proximity. The Downtown Eastside is a reminder of social and economic disparities present in a city that also holds the most expensive real estate in Canada. Yet it remains a neighbourhood with deep bonds and connection. [see full issue]
Call for submissions
SITUATE, a nomadic online quarterly highlighting the work of local creatives, seeks submissions from residents of Portland (OR) and Montreal (QC). We accept a wide variety of media, including investigative reports, essays, interviews (audio or video), memoir, short fiction, poetry, comics, photo essays, and tiny films. If your medium is not listed feel free to propose what you love. Our publication exists to help break down the barriers of stereotyping and judgment through presenting the undeniable humanity and relatability of a diverse range of people. We strive to further readers’ natural curiosity, and stretch their perspectives on what it is to be human. If you think that your work fits with this intention, please pitch us your ideas. We look forward to hearing them.
Upcoming deadlines for submission
- Portland (OR) — Oct. 25
- Montreal (QC) — Jan. 25
Share your voice: SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Announcing Anonym: completely anonymous content
(COMING SOON) We have been toying with this idea for a while: how do we truly allow space for people to share their experiences and perspectives around difficult issues, especially when doing so (even within the most liberal communities) may not be a viable option? The fear of being shunned, shamed, or otherwise judged can stifle a person’s expression, and cripple their sense of self. We want to provide a way out.
Enter ANONYM. Completely anonymous short-form content, sorted only by date. No names, no contact info, no bio photo. No avatar. As we do for our INTERIM content, we will accept a wide variety of media — fiction, essay, memoir, poetry. Tiny films. Comics. The list goes on.
Our only criterion is that the content be non-harming. Other than that, all is welcome here.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your feedback is valuable to us.
A huge thank-you goes out to all who have helped make this possible. It has taken innumerable hours and dedicated effort from web designer Mark Carpenter in particular to bring SITUATE to life. Other sources of support and advice have been Brianna McGuire, Sney Noorani, AC Lambeth, Jamie Pfeiffer, Kevin Weedon, Cliff Saron, Robin Zander, Alea Skwara, Alex Norman, Al J Daniel, Shannon Sexton, the members of the Davis Short Story Club, and numerous others who have piped up with timely suggestions. We are of course also indebted to our talented contributors, contest winners, and finalists. Last but not least, we would like to thank the 68 Kickstarter backers who provided financial support in making this project a reality; your faith in us is invaluable.