Skinner House Books, the imprint of the Unitarian Universalist Association, invites members of UU communities to submit proposals for the Spring 2024 inSpirit title. Meditations can be prose or poetry, humorous and personal, or formal and liturgical. Each prose meditation is typically between 200 and 650 words. Poetry meditations should be no longer than 54 lines each. All meditations should be suitable for both private reflection and public worship.
Your submissions should include at least 5 and no more than 10 complete pieces of original work and a cover letter. In your cover letter, please identify your affiliation with Unitarian Universalism and provide some context for the writing in your sample, such as the purpose for which the pieces were originally written and the themes that interest you. If your work has been published, please give details.
Please send your submissions as one document to:
The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2023. If your proposal is accepted, you will be notified of the decision in May. The author of the Spring 2024 inSpirit title will need to submit a complete manuscript by October 1, 2023. A complete manuscript should include approximately 40 pieces. inSpirit Series titles, like all Skinner House manuscripts, are edited; depending on the total length of the manuscript, some pieces may be cut. The author will receive royalties and will be responsible for obtaining permission to use copyrighted material.
Recent inSpirit title include Incantations for Rest by Atena O. Danner, Breaking and Blessing by Sean Parker Dennison, and Spilling the Light by Rev. Theresa I. Soto.