Call for Pitches: Ghosts

Artwork of a pink ghost
Image description: A light pink ghost with black eyes floats in front of a blue background. The ghost appears to be made of paint. iStock

Peter Venkman catches them (Ghostbusters), Helen Oyeyemi writes about them (The Icarus Girl, White is for Witching), Banquo becomes one (Macbeth).

To celebrate the creepy time of year, this fall Anthropology News is turning a spooky eye to spectral apparitions and things that go bump in the night. What can anthropology tell us about ghosts and hauntings of all kinds in all places: ghosts ritual and metaphorical, economic and political, long-experienced and recently imagined? From ghostly tales to ghost tours, we invite you to consider phantoms, spirits, and spooks for our September/October “Ghosts” issue.

We are interested in pitches that approach ghosts and hauntings from an engaging perspective in the form of feature stories or photo essays.

Please send a 250-word pitch that outlines the story and main argument of your piece and a 50-word author bio to an@americananthro.org by May 21, 2021. If proposing a photo essay, include one or two images.

Feature essays are 1,600–2,000 words. Photo essays comprise6–8 high resolution images and a 600-word introductory essay. First drafts will be due by June 30 and go through a developmental edit with the AN editor. Final pieces will publish in the September/October print magazine and on the AN website.

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