Tasmanian Times

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Black Inc: Growing Up Disabled in Australia

Black Inc. is pleased to announce a new anthology, Growing Up Disabled in Australia, to be published in April 2020.

The anthology will be edited by blogger and appearance activist Carly Findlay, author of the forthcoming memoir Say Hello. Carly has been widely published, including in The GuardianThe AgeThe Sydney Morning HeraldDaily LifeMamamia and Frankie.

Growing Up Disabled in Australia will be aimed at general readers and high-school students, and submissions will be accepted on the basis of the social model of disability. Black Inc. is seeking submissions that deal with any aspect of growing up disabled, deaf, Deaf or chronically ill. Submissions can be in any manner, tone or style, but should not be academic or scholarly. Pieces should be written in first-person and be honest accounts of lived experience – positive, negative or anything in between.

Carly says: ‘I want young disabled people to read this anthology and know what’s possible for them, to see that other disabled people have had similar experiences, and to feel the impact of visibility and positive representation. While I have had a lifelong chronic illness, I first identified as chronically ill and disabled when I heard other chronically ill and disabled people’s stories. We need diverse voices and we need diverse books. It’s very important that #OwnVoices are centred – particularly because disabled voices are so often silenced, erased or spoken over.

‘One in five Australians are disabled. And disability presents itself in many ways. Yet disabled people are still underrepresented in media and literature. There is a diverse experience of disability – disabled people come to acceptance and pride at different times, and some not at all. All experiences are valid.’

Publisher Kirstie Innes-Will says she was delighted that Carly approached Black Inc. with the idea. ‘Part of the strength of the Growing Up series is the way it has evolved organically, championed by editors from different communities. The way these books have been embraced by readers shows how much representation matters. Growing Up Disabled will be an invaluable contribution to that tradition.’

A donation from proceeds will be given to Children and Young People with Disability Australia.

Submissions should be between 1000 and 4000 words and will be accepted until 5.00 pm, Friday, 31 May 2019. For more information, click here.

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