Share or Die: Y is for Yossarian

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Share or Die, Youth in Recession Call for Submissions

Y is for Yossarian:
The Catch-22 of Generation-Y
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Sharable Magazine:
<<<<<“A confluence of economic and social factors have composed a generation
we do not understand – thus the now-iconic NY Times Magazine headline
“What Is It About 20-Somethings?” Traditional forms of social
organization (at the workplace, young nuclear families) are on the
decline, while new forms develop in their wake. This shift presents a
host of hardships, but an equal number of possibilities for young
people to change the world we have been given.
Here’s what we’re looking for:
Stories from the front lines: What is it like to try and get by in
America as a young person these days? What is it like to try and do
more? We’re not looking for simple stories of triumph or catastrophe,
but productive struggle. There may not be easy solutions, but there
are tactics and strategies, and we want to hear yours. These can be
advice from experience (e.g. “What not to do as a freelancer”) or
stories without an easy lesson.

DIY How-to’s: If we can’t afford to buy stuff, we’re going to have to
do a lot more making, repairing, and sharing. Share Or Die is supposed
to be a useful guide for young people, so this section is going to be
the core of the collection. These are practical tutorials, but they
can be as material as building a backyard herb garden or as immaterial
as starting a band. We’re concerned with the big stuff here: housing,
transportation, food, relationships, non-traditional forms of work,
travel, that kind of thing.

Analysis: Young people get our lives explained to us by a lot of
publications, now it’s our turn. How are we to understand our
generational situation, and how can we use our common resources to
improve it? We’re looking for ideas outside the traditional
government-non-profit axis and beyond any partisan program. Possible
topics include: youth and technology, common space, sharing and
property, the contemporary workplace.

Art: Although it’s a prose-centric project, Share Or Die would be
incomplete without art. We’re hoping to include some cartoons, graphic
art, and illustrations that address the above themes. We’ll look at
graphics with or without pieces of writing, but combined is probably
best. If you’re an artist or graphic designer interested in working on
the project but without any particular idea, send some samples of your
work anyway and we’ll see what we can think up. Cool (and relevant)
data visualizations are especially welcome.

We’ll be accepting pitches and completed pieces (1,000-3,000 words)
during the month of January. Writers and artists from traditionally
underrepresented communities are particularly encouraged to submit.
Although youth is a perspective rather than a number, we’re
predominantly trying to showcase writers in their twenties; old people
with lots of great ideas about how young people should live are
discouraged from submitting. We’ll be paying for selected pieces at
average non-profit publication rates – not mind-blowing, but we know
even writers and designers need to eat every once in a while. For
legal reasons, we can’t accept already published material unless it
was published under an open license (e.g. Creative Commons). Send
questions as well as submissions and pitches, along with links to a
sample or two and your online presence in any and all public forms you
choose (Twitter, blog, tumblr, etc.) to malcolm@shareable.net.”>>>>>

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