Call for Submissions: Sickness and Health in Philadelphia (And Beyond)

We're happy to announce that we at the defenestrator have decided to move toward a theme based, quarterly publication.

The theme we wish to explore in the next issue of the defenestrator is Sickness and Health in Philadelphia (and Beyond). The deadline for submissions for this issue will be Sunday, August 21st, 2011.

In our city access to healthcare is a problem we grapple with everyday and we seek to explore how different groups and people fight for access to the care they need...and the conditions to make that possible! We do wish to investigate what healthcare might look like if it was not based on profit and empowered patients, but we are also living in in the “here and now” and wish to explore how some of us are getting by in the current set up and what low cost/no cost resources are available.

However issues surrounding sickness and health also extend into many areas that aren't exclusively a problem of access. Some of us find ourselves suffering from physical and mental ailments where care by mainstream medical institutions are found lacking or even exploitative and so we seek support systems and communities of care outside the traditional institutions. We are interested in what promotes (and prevents) health in our city with an eye toward solutions, alternatives and struggles.

The issue of sickness and health has so many facets and intersects with so many other issues that we look forward to being surprised by the article submissions that come our way for this issue. There are many stories and we hope you clue us in to what sickness and health looks like in Philadelphia (and Beyond).

We are seeking interviews, reports from movements of people fighting for healthcare (and what makes that care possible), essays that seek to analyze, book reviews, narrative nonfiction that tells the stories that are seldom told, insightful art and much more.

Please take a look at our submission guidelines for the general length of articles, political content and helpful tips @ If after reading the guidelines you have more questions or have an idea for a submission, but want some feedback please drops us a line @