**We’ve enjoyed reading the diverse opinions on topics posted this week. Some have expressed concern about writing a blog post with opinions that differ from the majority of the readers here. That diversity is one of the things we treasure about Exponent II and the Exponent Blog.
Even if we don’t all agree, we hope that we can maintain a space as Exponent sisters and brothers where all ideas and opinions are respected. This is where the publication can be helpful. It is a place that, due to the lack of instant communication, both the author and the reader are invited to be more self-reflective than on a blog. This format also provides the authors with more space to flesh out their ideas and experiences while polishing them a bit more than what is often seen on blogs.
We hope you will join us in this endeavor by submitting something you feel passionate about. Please see below for how submit a piece and some ideas about what to write.
Aimee Hickman and Emily Clyde Curtis, Exponent II Co-Editors
Are you looking to be a part of a wonderful literary tradition? Exponent II has been recording the thoughts and experiences of Mormon women since 1975. After a brief absence, we are excited to announce that Exponent II will resume quarterly publication online in June 2010. We hope to soon be able to publish in print as well.
As we renew Exponent II’s vision to give a voice to Mormon women everywhere, we are eager to expand our base of contributors. We welcome personal essays and articles of 1,000 words or more as well as artwork, poetry and fiction on any theme related to the experience of Mormon women, both inside and outside the church. We are looking for writing on any topic but some possible ideas that may spur your imagination are:
“Where Have all the Mormon Feminists Gone?”: Essays on your own experience with the “F” word and whether or not Mormon Feminism still exists. Does Feminism play a role in your Mormon experience today?
Enriching spirituality through traditional and non-LDS religious practices.
“I Am Orthodoxy”: Which unconventional life choices have resulted from following your Mormon faith? How has your faith driven or provoked decisions to follow a particular career path, raise children or not, marry or remain unmarried, support a political cause, etc?
Married to a Mormon: Essays from the other half of interfaith marriages.
“Global Zion”: Essays and articles related to the experience of Mormonism outside of the United States.
We have set a quarterly publication schedule with the following upcoming submission deadlines (though please feel free to send in your submissions in advance):
February 15, 2010
June 15, 2010
Our first paper will be published June 1st with subsequent issues to follow quarterly.
Please email submissions for our upcoming issue by February 15th, 2010, to [email protected]. Preferred format is Microsoft Word (.doc) or rich-text-format (.rtf). Upon receipt of writing, a letter will be emailed to authors letting them know when they can expect to hear back from the editors after submissions have gone through the Readers Committee.
Print submissions may be mailed to Aimee Hickman, 2035 Park Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217
We’ll look forward to reading your work soon!
The Exponent II Board and Editorial Staff
Just a quick comment—I feel that Exponent still has far to go in accepting thoughts and ideas expressed that differ from many of the main posters. I have found over the years that the Exponent II blog has become an increasingly uncomfortable place to be. I believe the welcoming rhetoric is sincere, but doesn’t play out in discourse on the blog. Just some feedback from one reader.
anon, thank you for that feedback.
I can assure you that if an article is submitted to the publication that is thoughtful, reflective, and based in personal experience, it will get very serious consideration from the editorial team — no matter the level of orthodoxy the author.
The blog, of course, is an entirely different beast from the paper. As a forum that allows for immediate comments from anyone, certain ideologies can and do dominate certain discussions. My hope that commenters on both sides — orthodox and less orthodox — will be respectful of each other.
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