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HEIGHTS is opening its call for contributions to the First Regular folio. In this issue, we want to think about questions of responsibility and engagement. All members of the LS community may contribute visual artistic works and written works in English and Filipino. The deadline for submissions is on August 25, 2017.
We want to ask what it means to still be writing and making art in times like these when our time might be more efficiently spent elsewhere. We want to ask what responsibility, if any, a writer or artist has to be political, with all the baggage that word implies. We want to ask what it would mean for us to respond to social realities in our creative processes—to write about extrajudicial killings or sexual abuse, to make art about Martial Law or our misconceptions of indigenous peoples. We want to ask what it means, as is more often the case, for us to sidestep those concerns altogether.
Since 1952, HEIGHTS has, in varying degrees, sought to address the issues of vastly changing times: religion, national identity, Martial Law, Filipinization, secularization, sexuality, and technology, among others. Over the years, HEIGHTS has also played host to works that explore personal identity and turn away from explicit engagement with the wider world. Individual writers and artists throughout the years have had to decide for themselves what kinds of issues resonate with them, and to what extent. As a publication, we feel it is our current responsibility to foreground a conversation on these concerns that artists and writers are contending with in these tumultuous times.
In 2017, it is tempting to say that there isn’t much literature and art can do. When each day brings only more outrage and most of our discourse happens in real-time via Twitter thread—what else is there that a poem or a photograph can say that isn’t simply tired?
We here at HEIGHTS believe in the power of images and language; we believe that writers and artists have a role to play beyond the isolation of their desks. But we also believe that there are many different forms of responding to the challenges our context presents, and that no genre, medium, or style has a monopoly over being able to dialogue with and confront the world we see around us.
HEIGHTS challenges artists and writers to engage (whatever that might entail) with the sociopolitical context that informs their works. We’re looking for works that attempt to interweave the personal and the political, works that try to figure out what it means to hold ourselves accountable, works that deal with difficult topics not out of the desire just to be relevant but out of a sincere impulse to lend voice to stories previously unheard, works that are passionate but willing to turn towards self-critique, works that are earnest and works that are cynical, works that experiment with new ways to converse with the world we find ourselves in, works that leave space to listen and discuss, even works that refute the ideas of responsibility and engagement and politicization altogether.
If we, as writers and artists, accept some kind of responsibility to respond, then how might we negotiate between the demands of the world and the demands of our craft? What might our works be able to accomplish, given the right platform and the right audience?
There are no easy answers.
Submission guidelines are as follows:
All artists and authors must submit a .DOCX file with the following information:
- Year and Course / Course and Year Graduated / Department / Office
- Contact Number
Submit your works to:
- email@example.com (English)
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Filipino)
- email@example.com (Art)
WRITTEN WORKS IN ENGLISH & FILIPINO
For every Call for Contributions, only a maximum of ten (10) works from different genres will be accepted per contributor. For every work, two (2) copies must be submitted: one in .DOCX format and one in .PDF format.
For every Call for Contributions, only a maximum of ten (10) works and a maximum of two (2) series will be accepted per contributor. Indicate whether submissions are individual works or part of a series in the file name. Submissions must have a resolution of 300 dpi.
- All works must be attached as an image file.
- Files with .JPEG / .PNG / .IMG extensions will be accepted.
- Reel or screenshots for .GIF files will be accepted.
- Photoshop and Illustrator files will not be accepted.
- Please be reminded that the publication may choose to accept series in parts only.
For every work, indicate TITLE, MEDIUM, and DIMENSION on the file name.
Notes on Procedure: Artists are encouraged to send a 250-word written accompaniment to their work, which may be used for the deliberation process. This text may include the artist’s creative process, concepts and frameworks used, and the like. This will not be published in the folio. Notes on procedure must be attached as a .DOCX file.