“We have to consciously study how to be tender with each other until it becomes a habit.” – Audre Lorde

Publishing house Chaos joins forces with MAMA and programme maker Leana Boven for a print publication. This publication contains essays and short stories on the subjects of health care, social care and community and is made as part of Leana Boven’s exhibition On Collective Care & Togetherness, which will run from 23 October to 20 December.

NOTE: for this publication we are publishing Dutch texts only!

In this publication, we will bring together the work of five young authors/essayists. We would like to invite writers of fiction as well as non-fiction to contribute to this project. For this collection of essays, we aim to compile stories about tenderness, hope, taking care of both one another and ourselves, togetherness and fun, but we would also like to include works containing critical analysis of current systems of suppression. We hope that this publication will lead to new perspectives as to how collective care can materialise and we would like for new ideas regarding sustainable infrastructures of care and solidarity to be included in it. With this publication, we would like to give a voice to authors and opinions that would otherwise not be heard and we would like to financially compensate these authors for their contributions.


The deadline for first draft submissions is 16 September. We will then invite the authors of the best submissions to write a second draft.  The first version is meant to be a sketch for the final version and should contain around 1500 to 2000 words. The second and final version should contain a maximum of 3000 words. We will pay a compensation of €500 to every author who accepts our invitation to submit a second version.

Admissions can be mailed to inzendingen@uitgeverijchaos.nl

The deadline for the second editions is 12 October. The collection will be presented to the audience towards the end of October after which it will be available from at MAMA, the website of publishing house Chaos and a range of selected book stores.

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