Monday, July 02, 2012

Call for submissions: Arriba Baseball!

Robert Paul Moreira, editor of Arriba Baseball!

VAO Publishing invites submissions to the forthcoming anthology

We are seeking submissions for a collection of the best Latino/a fiction that both celebrates and complicates the American pastime tentatively entitled Arriba Baseball!: A Collection of Latino/a Baseball Fiction.

"Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America," wrote historian Jacques Barzun, "had better learn baseball." The first of its kind, Arriba Baseball!: A Collection of Latino/a Baseball Fiction, seeks to challenge established paradigms within literary baseball fiction, a genre traditionally sustained by works from predominantly white, male authors (such as Bernard Malamud, Lamar Herrin, Eric Rolfe Greenberg, and W.P. Kinsella), and one which has historically excluded the Latino/a voice and other writers of color.

We invite such fiction (up to 5,000 words) concerning the game of baseball which challenges any and all exclusionary ideologies that have historically delimited the sport, and that meditates on the Latino/a contributions and experiences both on and off the field of play. While climactic home runs and strikeouts are okay, we prefer scoreboards but upside down. We also invite works that confront any of the issues surrounding baseball today, such as (but not limited to) the use of performance-enhancing drugs, queer and female performativity in baseball, the globalization of the sport, and baseball's legacies of white privilege, racism, and male exclusivity in the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, and other countries throughout Latin America where the game continues to flourish.

All fiction must be previously unpublished and of literary quality. Translations and works in Spanish will also be considered. We particularly encourage fiction from Latina and LGBT authors.

Contributors will be paid $25 upon acceptance and a percentage of the net sales over the first two years.

Questions/comments may be directed to

Please send fiction submissions to


Acceptances announced no later than October 1, 2012.

About the Editor: Robert Paul Moreira received his MFA from the University of Texas-Pan American in 2010. Currently, he is an English Ph.D. candidate at the University of Texas-San Antonio researching alterity and constructed identities in sports fiction, films, and performance. His fiction, interviews, criticism, and scholarship have been published in a variety of venues, including Aethlon: Journal of Sports Literature, Storyglossia, Breakwater Review, Emprise Review, Metazen, and the anthologies SOL: Vol. I (SOL, 2012) and New Border Writing (Texas A&M Press, 2013). He is the recipient of two graduate fiction awards from the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers in 2009 and 2010, as well as the Wendy Barker Creative Writing Award in 2011. He serves as a Contributing Editor for Dark Sky Books and head intern for American Letters and Commentary.


Justin Torres is the winner of the 2012 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award for his outstanding debut novel, We the Animals (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).  You may see the list of semifinalists here (okay, okay, I admit it...I was on that list).  Congratulations, Justin!

◙ Michael Jaime-Becerra (author of Every Night Is Ladies’ Night: Stories and This Time Tomorrow: A Novel) has written an essay about the possible closure of Pío Pico Park.  You may read it on the Zócalo Public Square website.

Michael Jaime-Becerra
◙ The June issue of Somos Primos is now live.  Edited by Mimi Lozano, Somos Primos is dedicated to “Hispanic Heritage and Diversity Issues.”

◙ Richard Yañez is interviewed about past and current literary projects over at The Latino Author.

Richard Yañez
All done. So, until next Monday, enjoy the intervening posts from my compadres y comadres at La Bloga. And don’t forget: ¡Lea un libro!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Qué lástima, Dan, that you didn't make the cut.
But remember: you can win a lot of them, pero no todos.
Also remember to, ¡Escribe otro libro!