Nobody’s Home: Modern Southern Folklore is an online anthology of nonfiction works about beliefs, myths, and narratives in Southern culture over the last fifty years, in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The project, created in 2020 by writer-editor Foster Dickson, collects personal essays, memoirs, short articles, opinion pieces, and contemplative works about the ideas, experiences, and assumptions that have shaped life below the old Mason-Dixon Line since 1970.
Nobody’s Home: Modern Southern Folklore marked its three-year anniversary in March 2023!
The anthology’s initial compilation was completed between October 2020 and September 2021. However, its offerings continue to grow and evolve. Lesson plans have been provided to help teachers to use the essays in their classrooms, and new essays were added to the anthology in early August 2022. Submissions of book reviews and interviews will continue to be considered year-round, while the open submissions period for creative nonfiction works will be from April 15 through June 15 each year. For those writers who are interested in submitting, please read the guidelines.
To browse and read the anthology’s works, visit the Index page. Or to learn more about the project, you can read the editor’s March 2020 intro, “Myths are the truths we live by,” or his outro after the initial compilation, “There was never one South.” You can also read posts on the editor’s blog Groundwork either here or on Medium. To keep up with what is happening in the project, either like the project’s Facebook page or follow on Twitter.
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Nobody’s Home is an online anthology of creative-nonfiction works about the prevailing beliefs, myths, and narratives that have driven Southern culture over the last fifty years, in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The publication collects personal essays, memoirs, and contemplative pieces about the ideas, experiences, and assumptions that have shaped life below the…
How do I submit?
Submissions to Nobody’s Home should be accessible to a general audience with a reasonable education level, and may contain 1,000 to 5,000 words. Facts that are included in the work, such as direct quotes, statistics, or polling, should include sources to aid the editor in evaluating the work. The editor favors works that have humanity…