Teaching is one of the oldest and noblest professions in human history. Teachers across disciplines have played and continue to play crucial roles in nurturing the world and its inhabitants. Whether in the classroom or outside of it, they inspire generations of students to reach their greatest possible heights and to use the privilege of their education to advance human civilization.
While we admire, and frankly envy, the courage and dedication of teachers all over the world, we are particularly in awe of Isidore Diala and Samuel Anthony Itodo. Diala, a professor of African Literature at Imo State University, Owerri, was a Humboldt Research Fellow in the Department of English, University of Münster (affiliated to the Chair of English, Postcolonial and Media Studies) from November 2010-April 2012, and a Visiting Research Fellow, Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom from October 2005 to March 2006. Itodo, a 2018 longlistee for Varkey Teacher Prize, teaches Chemistry and Physics at Gateway Excel College, Otukpa. Through the solid character of their own lives, their firm devotion to the ideals of academic excellence and their commitment to social transformation, these brilliant and visionary teachers illuminate the paths of humanity in its ultimate search for truth.
It is regrettable that in spite of the inimitable contributions of teachers to nation building, they are mostly ignored by the same people they taught and still teach how to view the world. Appreciations for teachers, when they come, are belated, inadequate and almost ineffectual.
In promotion of art and education, we hope to curate a collection of creative nonfiction that will document the roles of teachers (who may well be mentors, fathers, mothers, guardians or friends) both in preparing us for the future and in shaping the ideals of that future. The collection, tentatively titled “The Eucharist”, will explore the lives of teachers as servants, who break their bodies and intellect and offer them to their students, with the hope that the students remember and observe the selfless ritual.
We, therefore, invite submissions of creative nonfiction pieces from writers living anywhere in the world. We seek writings that tell us about your teachers, your idols, those who showed you the path you walk today, those who refused to let you fail, those who went beyond their job description to offer you a model; writings that are not ashamed to reveal the educational system and/or teachers that made or broke you; writings that are not afraid to engage and interrogate memory; writings that blend the creative and the cerebral, devoting equal attention to reality and craft.
We accept only electronic submissions via firstname.lastname@example.org
Submission header should read “Submission for The Eucharist”
Submission word count should be between 2,000 to 5,000
Writers of all nationalities are eligible to submit
There will be no remuneration
Multiple or simultaneous submissions will not be read, accepted or acknowledged
Accompany your submission with a short bio of not more 150 words
We are only interested in personal and previously unpublished creative nonfiction
Submissions open: December 31, 2020
Submissions end: February 28, 2021
Editor: Darlington Chibueze Anuonye