After 12 years of being more or less the same in mission and format, Chain is changing.

It's been a good run. We've published an amazing array of works around a variety of topics and we've learned a lot from the dialogues these works have created under one cover together. But now, instead of publishing an annual journal featuring the work of at least seventy different people, we are morphing for an unspecified amount of time into a radical pamphlets/small book series. We feel this change in format will provide an opportunity for deeper conversation, particularly around the intersection of art and politics.

We would like to invite you to be part of the change by being a guest editor of a small book in a new series, Chain Links.

We want these books to be primarily driven by the Now.

It is our hope that each of these books (which will be no more than 100 pages) will address a particular topic with an interdisciplinary focus. Our main goal with this project is to get all those people whose work we respect to begin to think about how art/writing/whatever might change people's minds, might agitate for (thought) reform, might be more than the sum of its small, isolated genres.

We also see this publishing project as continuing Chain's desire to provide a space for publications that are falling through the genre cracks. We welcome hybrid writing. We welcome unrecognizable essays. We welcome previously thought to be unpublishable writing.

Here are the more specific parameters . . .

If you decide to take on this assignment and become an editor, realize that this series requires that each book feature work in more than one genre/art form-ideally with a political dimension. Think of these books as a conference panel for the page, a panel that is being held at an unusually interdisciplinary conference of leftists, environmentalists, inventors, freethinkers.

To begin the process, you should provide us with a proposal to present the work of at least two, ideally three, possibly more than three artists/writers/whatever participants that is focused around a particular topic. An example (drawing on works published in the last issue of Chain on "Public Forms") might be a book around the topic of "activist signage" that includes Kaia Sand and Jules Boykoff's essay "Southern Maryland Sign Project," Che Qianzi's "Big-Character Posters," and Gregory Sholette's work with REPOhistory.

Editors should showcase the work of others (not their own work), although they may write an introduction or some other sort of frame for the book.

Editors are encouraged but not required to work with other editors, especially if they find it hard to find work outside of their genre/medium.

Proposals might include any or all of the following: a letter outlining the idea, a list of participants, work samples (or online links to previous work by participants), a timeline and estimated date for when the book would be ready for production. Editors may propose to reprint work; if the proposal is accepted, editors are required to get permission to do this and pay any fees.

Email all proposals to both josman[at]temple[dot]edu and jspahr[at]mills[dot]edu. We will review proposals received on a rolling basis.

If we agree to the proposal, we are committed to the project and making it happen. However, should radical conceptual change between the original proposal and the final manuscript occur, we reserve the right to reject or request revision of the manuscript.

Once a proposal is accepted, editors should at least provide us with an electronic version of the final typescript. Editors may typeset their own manuscripts provided they meet our general look and budget or they may request that we typeset the book.

Each editor gets twenty copies of the book. Each contributor gets five. The books will be distributed to Chain subscribers and through Small Press Distribution. Each book will have a small advertising budget.

Please pass this call for work onto others who may be interested.