The search is on for the freshest voices in new California literature

A Letter from Our Publisher

Dear Readers,

We are confronted daily with dramatic and very real evidence that
California is in decline.


Everything seems wrong. We can’t seem to
educate our youth, provide families with homes or jobs, keep our parks
and libraries open, or take care of our sick. We are not fulfilling the
very basic responsibilities of a society–to provide transportation,
security, water, clean air, safe and healthy food, or equitable access
to opportunity. We don’t trust our institutions, our neighbors, or in
moments of honesty, even ourselves. Faced with such complex problems,
many revert to hurling simplistic slogans at each other with increasing
intolerance, as if loudness could drown out uncertainty. Tragically, at
a time when we need it most, California has lost the cultural optimism
that has long fueled our dreams.

What wisdom or advice can a publisher offer in these discouraging
times? We have a principle we use when we look over a manuscript: don’t
start correcting the problems until you understand the strengths. And
growing out of the current situation is something amazingly hopeful.
What seems to be falling apart along with everything else are old
clichés and stale certainties. One senses, at least among thoughtful
people, a willingness to question, to probe, to invent new ways of
seeing things, to create new dreams.

Stimulated by what has been coming our way, Heyday has begun to
search out fresh and thought-provoking new material for what we
envision as an annual anthology. We invite our friends and colleagues
to help us out.

We’d love more suggestions, and we look forward to hearing from you.
Help us bring to California what it needs most at this time–the best
thinking and the deepest feeling. Let’s exert our best efforts toward
that end.

Malcolm Margolin

Submission and Nomination Details

“New California Writing” is an annual literary anthology that
collects fresh and thought-provoking writing about California that has
been published in the previous year, with a special emphasis on
Californian writers, publications, and publishers. The New California Writing 2011 inaugural edition will be published in April 2011. For submission and nomination details, please visit us here.