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Anthropology News invites you to get your hands dirty and submit a pitch for our May/June waste issue. Whether your story is about waste work or wastelands or time wasters, we want to hear about it. What can anthropology tell us about waste and discards, organic, plastic, chemical, and our relations with them? How might humans and waste constitute one another? Nuclear waste repositories? Certainly. Excrement, scat, or manure? Of course. Cellphone metal recovery? You bet. Landfill pickers, ocean-drifting microplastics, ship-breaking yards? Absolutely. Freeganism? Tell us more.

We invite creative proposals that approach waste with engaging stories, in the form of a feature essay, photo essay, graphic ethnography, or short sound or film piece.

Waste no time! Please send a 250-word pitch that outlines the story or argument of your piece, and a 50-word author bio to [email protected] by February 14, 2022. If proposing a sound or film piece, include a short clip. If proposing a photo essay, include one or two images. If proposing a graphic ethnography piece, include examples of your cartoon or illustration work.

First drafts will be due by March 18 and will go through a developmental edit with the AN editor. Full feature essays are 1,600–2,000 words. Photo essays comprise six–eight high resolution images and a 600-word introductory essay. Sound and film pieces should be no longer than 10 minutes in length. Final pieces will publish in the May/June 2022 print magazine and on the AN website.

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