After a long hiatus, Folded Field Notes is back with a new look and purpose. Your guides on this literary citizen-science adventure will be JS Graustein and Heidi Marshall. Please note the new publication opportunities and submission guidelines at the end of this post. Thanks for your patience!
Plastic. It’s everywhere we look. As you read this, you could simply turn your head and see five plastic items. Whether in a landfill or stuck in beachside brambles, these plastics will never decay into bio-available nutrients. Eventually, a fraction will be recycled, but the rest will break down over time into smaller fragments wherever they are discarded.
Read the article linked below for the fate of some of these microplastic particles. This article is the launch point of our exploration.
Methods (choose one)
For a quantitative exploration
|Time||Item||# of Items||Total # of Pieces||Stuck In / On|
For a qualitative exploration
Once you’re in a safe place to sit and think, look over your notes and replay the walk in your mind. If you chose the quantitative exploration, write down the most compelling question you have about the volume of discarded plastic. If you chose the qualitative exploration, write down the most compelling question you have about the origin and/or fate of the plastic item you observed. For this exercise, “compelling” is entirely subjective – i.e. whatever compels you to write, be it funny or madding or just plain odd.
Write a poem, flash fiction, or essay that attempts to answer your question. Feel free to bring in ideas and details from other experiences you’ve had, or even research that you were driven to do after the walk. Be sure to include sensory details that will take us where you were/are.
When you feel you have a finished piece that you’d like to submit, please email it to FoldedEditors [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line “Folded Field Notes: Microplastics submission”. Please include:
Embed your submission in the body of your email. MS Word doc or PDF attachments are acceptable for pieces that require specific spacing.
Four pieces will be selected for editorial development and their authors invited to a private group on the Slack platform. Deadline to submit for editorial development is 31 May 2019. Other pieces may also be considered for our #WrittenWordWednesday column.
The final versions of the four pieces selected for development will be included in a print eco-lit anthology. Authors will receive a royalty of $10* + one contributor copy per piece included in the anthology, and will have the ability to purchase additional copies at a discount. Target year for publication: 2022.
*Please note: authors must have a PayPal account to receive cash royalty. An extra contributor copy may be substituted if a PayPal account is unavailable to you.
©2019 by JS Graustein and Heidi Marshall