Deadline: April 15, 2021
Payment: Up to $2,000
As a platform for Dakota/Lakota voices to publish and pass on our teachings to future generations, we are currently seeking Dakota/Lakota subject matter from Oceti Sakowin writers and artists. Both first-timers and established authors are welcomed to submit. If you are passionate about sharing your talents, stories and knowledge with the oyate, we want to hear from you. We are looking to publish the selected works Fall 2021.
Our goal for Wíyouŋkihipi is to honor and educate through the lens of Dakota culture; to inspire the next generations by showing we are capable! We can and will elevate our Dakota experiences through exceptional published works and educational resources that give back to the people so that we can all thrive.
Genres we are seeking to publish include educational fiction, non-fiction, creative (poetry), children’s and young adult titles. We are also seeking writers who wish to share their research and traditional resources through our website’s blog. We are looking for pieces that celebrate Dakota/Lakota people as we are today, not placing our culture in the distant past.
Incomplete applications will not be accepted for review due to the high volume of manuscripts we will be reading.
Please submit the following to email@example.com
- Cover letter which should include
- Your biography, including any previously published works, awards, etc.
- The intended age-range, genre and audience for your work.
- Intention of the work including title, author contact information.
- Synopsis of your work
- No longer than 5 pages — should explain the plot from beginning to end, if applicable.
- Provide samples of the writing itself.
We have in-house Dakota editors who will work to include the Dakota language as part of your finished works, so in-depth knowledge of the language is not required at this stage of submission. We value your submission and will work to provide you with a response as quickly as possible. However, please be aware our review process can take up to a month.