Writers are invited to submit texts for a literary anthology on the subject of “Heimat” which
is, according to the dictionaries, a German concept. There is hardly any exact equivalent in
any other language. Home or homeland, for example, are only approximate matches. Heimat
means more than that.
It is associated with birth and childhood, belonging to a social entity or with acquired
Heimat is a term that is supposed to express security and warmth, but it has been and still is
transformed into a term of struggle, especially in Germany.
Where does this “us-against-them” come from? Why is there no plural of “Heimat“?
Is that still contemporary and how precisely does Heimat define itself at all?
By GPS coordinates?
By counties or city limits?
By a language area?
Today, in globalized and modern times, we find these terms in an inflationary quantity. Not
long ago, Heimat was a term with the smell of mothballs. Today, for example in advertising,
everything containing Heimat in its name is good and promises security and familiarity.
Heimat in literature is generally considered as inferior because it excludes the great wide
world in favor of the own soil within narrow limits.
We are looking for Heimat poems –and stories, that are modern and different.
Heimat in landscapes, in the language,
Heimat in a foreign country and multiple homelands.
Heimat as an island amidst the chaos and Heimat as a larger concept, spiritual home ..
All these approaches are wanted. We are looking for authors whose native language is
German, but also and especially those who have grown up in another language area.
Furthermore, foreign-language texts are absolutely welcome.
The publication of the book is planned for autumn 2018.
All proceeds from the project will be donated to an organization, later to be determined.
Therefore, no author`s fee will be paid.
Each author can submit up to 5 poems and/or short prose (up to 2000 signs) as a MS word or
pdf file. Texts should, if possible, be unpublished, in any case free of third-party rights.
By submitting their texts, authors confirm that those are free of any rights and grant the
permission for one-time publication. The rights remain with the authors. There is no
entitlement to publication.
Texts can be sent in until 15 February 2018. Email: email@example.com
Matthias Engels, Thorsten Trelenberg, Thomas Kade