Call for papers

SOLANAS MON AMOUR Call for papers      Italian Version

Valerie Jean Solanas (Ventnor City, NJ, 1936 - San Francisco, CA, 1988) has been called many things: an outcast, a champion of women’s rights, a madwoman, a mistake, the Robespierre of feminism... and she’s, to this day, something unique, that doesn’t allow her readers to be indifferent.

Acutely intelligent and rebellious, unable to come to terms with a world whose manifold unjustices and idiocies were obvious to her, Solanas chose marginality as her point of view onto that society from which she estranged herself. Adamant in her aloneness and entirely refusing any socially acknowledged rule, value or standard, Solanas the writer confronts us with one the most radical critiques ever expressed upon our society.

“Life in this society being, at best, an utter bore and no aspect of society being at all relevant to women, there remains to civic-minded, responsible, thrill-seeking females only to overthrow the government, eliminate the money system, institute complete automation and destroy the male sex.” Such is the dazzling incipit of the Scum Manifesto, that Solanas used to sell throughout the streets of New York. It was published only after its writer became notorious for shooting the Pop Art icon Andy Warhol, on June 3, 1968.

Over the following fifty years, the Scum Manifesto has been discovered and rediscovered, hated and beloved by women throughout the world (and sometimes men, too). Some have tried to bend its author’s thoughts into theoretical grids that weren’t hers, but, above all, the Scum Manifesto has been an inspiration to writers, artists, actresses, filmmakers.

The Scum Manifesto operates as a work of art, dealing wiht reality on many complex and contradictory levels, and using words as lightening and frightening flashes, not as caging grids.

We are persuaded that Solanas lucid and radical thought, her artistic challenge and her ribald humor can still give us many valuable hints and help us to tear the thick veils of the delusions and lies that surround us, helping us to get a glimpse of reality.

Thus we present this Call for Papers to everybody willing to be intellectually and emotionally challenged and inspired by one or more aspects of Solanas’ work.

- Terms and conditions:

The submissions, in English, Italian or French, must be inspired by Valerie Solanas and her work. They must analyze, elaborate or expand on one or more aspects of said work in narrative form, or as a poem, essay, theatrical or film script, or comic. They must be submitted to the Publisher Il Dito e La Luna:

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Deadline for submission: 12. 31. 2018

There is no limit to the length of the works but the Publisher will have the discretion to publish only partially those selected works that exceed 40.000 printed characters.

The works, unpublished or previously published, must be free from any copyright obligation towards third parties, and be in full possession of the author. With the submission, the author gives her or his consent to free publication of the work, in its entirety or partially, and declares to be the one and only owner and author of the same. Submission does not imply publication. The Publisher shall, using its unquestionable judgment, publish, in one or more volumes, those works that will be deemed worthy of publishing.