The Picador Anthology

The Picador Anthology

As part of her stay at American Studies Leipzig, current Picador Professor Shannon Cain will be teaching a course on “Creative Writing and Literary Publishing” for MA and Magister students as well as BA students who have succesfully completed LC-II. The course will result in the publication of an anthology by Prof. Cain, who will serve as the editor, and her students. The publication of this anthology is made possible through the generous partners of the Picador Professorship at ASL, the DAAD and the Veranstaltungsforum der Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck e.V.


Call for Submissions

(Untitled): Fiction on Pop Culture in the United States

Shannon Cain, Editor


The Book
This anthology is a project of the American Studies program at the University of Leipzig, in collaboration with the Veranstaltungsforum der Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holzbrinck GmbH, a group of individually-run publishing companies representing more than 50 Nobel Prize winners and numerous worldwide bestsellers in English and German speaking countries, and the German Academic Exchange Service. The anthology will be produced by students in the university’s American Studies program, under the editorial oversight of Shannon Cain, its 2011 Picador Guest Professor in Literature. The anthology will be published by the Leipzig University Press in collaboration with ASL, the DAAD, and the Veranstaltungsforum der Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck e.V.


The Theme
We are interested in storytelling as a lens through which we come to understand notions of popular culture, as American Studies Leipzig has a long tradition of emphasizing popular culture in its curriculum. We invite creative interpretations and depictions of the theme. We are interested not in stories that seek to explain what popular culture is, but rather character-driven literary fiction which asks intriguing questions and/or compels us to understand pop culture differently.

We are looking for:
• Short stories (5,000 words maximum)
• Novel excerpts (5,000 words maximum)
• Flash fiction
• Short-short stories
• Graphic novels/stories
• Other fictional ephemera in story form.

We are not looking for:
• Poetry
• Nonfiction
• Fiction that is not literary. If you have a question about what this means, you’re not alone. Here’s pretty good discussion on the subject.

We welcome submissions of previously published stories.

Deadline for submissions
September 1, 2011. Send all submissions as a Word attachment to







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