New Voices Showcase, Call for Entries

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Key Dates
Email Questions for Zoom meeting Friday, August 5, 2022 5:00 pm CST
Zoom meeting registration
participation is optional
Monday, August 8, 2022 11:59 pm CST
Informational Zoom meeting
Login-information will be provided prior to the meeting.
Tuesday, August 9, 2022 2:00 – 3:00 pm CST
Zoom meeting questions and answers posted Thursday, August 11, 2022
Grants management system (Fluxx) registration deadline Monday, August 28, 2022 11:59 pm CST
Submission Deadline Tuesday, August 31, 2022, 11:59 pm CST
Notification of Award Selection
October 2022
Cash Awards Disbursed November 2022

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is seeking talented and aspiring writers, ages 18 and up, for its New Voices Showcase. The New Voices Showcase will publish personal essay submissions written in response to the prompt, “Share a story that describes how a loved one’s mental health has been impacted during this time of heightened injustice, race-related trauma, and the pandemic. What did you learn from this as a family member or caregiver to that person?” In answering this question, writers may rely upon personal reflection, critique of society, humor, advice, or any of the above in crafting their piece. Submissions must be no fewer than 1000 words and no greater than 1500 words. The primary goal of this project is to highlight talented writers who have been impacted by mental health.

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As an incentive, the foundation is offering cash awards for the most meaningful submissions. All submissions will be reviewed by an internal committee of foundation staff, and rated according to writing quality and relevance to the Hogg Foundation’s mission of equitably supporting mental health and well-being for all Texans.

The foundation is especially interested in promoting fresh voices from the perspective of those historically excluded (due to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, gender, religion, or economic standing). Never-published writers are encouraged to submit.

The cash awards are as follows:

  • First prize: $500
  • Second prize: $250
  • Third prize: $100

As an additional incentive, every writer who sends a submission will be added to the foundation’s new Contributors Circle for consideration for future paid freelance writing opportunities. In addition, all accepted entries (not just the award-winning ones), will eventually be published on the Hogg Foundation website and archived for future use. Writers will retain the rights to their work while granting an unlimited license to the Hogg Foundation to use, quote from, or excerpt their work in its communications. Writers will be credited for any materials we use or share.


Questions and Answers

 

What is Fluxx and can’t I just email my submission in a Word document to Hogg-grants?

Fluxx is the foundation’s online grants management system where applicants must submit materials. Applicants must first register in Fluxx to apply for this opportunity.

The foundation can only accept entries completed and submitted via the Fluxx portal.

What are you looking for?

The New Voices Showcase is seeking personal essay submissions written in response to the prompt, “Share a story that describes how a loved one’s mental health has been impacted during this time of heightened injustice, race-related trauma, and the pandemic. What did you learn from this as a family member or caregiver to that person?” The primary goal of this project is to highlight and give exposure to talented writers who are living with or in recovery from mental health conditions.  A second goal is to deliver quality writing and interesting perspectives on mental health to our audiences.

Written submissions must be at least 1000 words and no longer than 1500 words.

Decisions on style, tone and level of biographical detail are largely up to the writer. We are seeking non-fiction work only. Since this opportunity is for writers age 18 and up, mature themes and subject matter are allowed. In deciding what to write about, be aware that we are particularly interested in submissions that speak to any of the following:

  • The lived experience of having a mental health condition.
  • What your experience has taught you about resilience, recovery, humor, or self-care that is relevant to others living through the pandemic.
  • What your experience has taught you about equity, justice or rights that is relevant to others living through the pandemic.
  • What belonging to a historically excluded community (due to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, gender, religion, or economic standing) has taught you about any of the above.
  • Being a person residing in Texas and why your experience is particularly relevant to Texans.

The more that your submission addresses the above concerns (along with being well written), the more likely it will be considered for one of the few cash awards.

I would like to know more about the cash awards.

To encourage high quality submissions, the foundation is offering a limited number of cash awards for the best writing. There will be one first prize of $500, at least one second prize of $250, and at least one third prize of $100. Depending on the number of quality submissions, there may be additional second and third prizes.

Please explain the emphasis on “historically excluded communities.” What does that mean?

While we advocate for better mental health and well-being for all Texans, we also recognize the systemic and structural nature of barriers to mental health. These include legacies of racism, classism, ableism, sexism and other forms of discrimination and exclusion that harm people’s ability to be mentally well. In crafting your essay, you should feel free to draw from any part of your background or identity that you feel is relevant to your mental health.

Who will be reading my essay?

All submissions will be read and reviewed by an internal committee of foundation staff, and rated according to writing quality and relevance to the Hogg Foundation’s mission of equitably transforming mental health for all Texans.

Could this lead to future paid writing opportunities?

Yes! As part of our gratitude for your willingness to take part in this new project, your name will be added to our Contributors Circle of freelance writers and creatives who will receive first consideration for any future paid freelance opportunities that may arise.

What should I know about the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health?

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health exists to improve the mental health of Texans. We do this, primarily, by giving grants to help communities strengthen conditions that support mental health and eliminate conditions that harm mental health, especially for people who have been historically underserved or marginalized.

Is there going to be a teleconference where applicants can learn more this opportunity?  There will not be a teleconference for this Call for Entries. Applicants are encouraged to continue checking this Questions and Answers (Q & A) webpage for updated information. In addition, applicants may email hogg-grants@austin.utexas.edu with any additional questions.

Is there a print friendly version of the Call for Entries (CFE)?

Yes. Download the print-friendly version of the Call for Entries. The information communicated in the print and web versions are identical.

Can you share some examples of how my writing will be used?

The goal of all Hogg Foundation communications is to provide information, resources and storytelling to improve public knowledge and understanding of mental health. By participating in the New Voices Showcase, you’re making an important contribution to that goal. Your writing will be featured on the Hogg Foundation website and the Hogg. Cash award winners will also have their essays featured in our Mental Health Headlines email (9000 subscribers), and invited to read their thoughts aloud on our podcast, Into the Fold.

Will you accept writing that’s already been published?

Because we are looking for original content written specifically in response to our prompt, we will decline any submissions that have been published before. However, AFTER your submission has been accepted by us, you’re free to seek to get it published elsewhere.

Is there any writing you won’t accept?

Yes. Though the New Voices Showcase encourages free expression and honesty about living with mental health challenges, we must balance that with the needs of the Hogg Foundation’s audience. Only submissions that are thoughtful, useful, well-written or informative will be considered Entries containing mature subject matter or profanity will not automatically be disqualified, but the foundation reserves the right to reject submissions for the following reasons:

  • The submission promotes ideas that are inconsistent with the Hogg Foundation’s mission and core values. This includes advocating for the exclusion or mistreatment of specific groups of people; advocating suicide or self-harm; or promoting violence.
  • The submission is unreadable due to numerous typographical errors, unclear reasoning or poor organization.
  • The submission attempts to promote a product or service.
  • The submission is a work of poetry or fiction.
  • The submission is determined to have been plagiarized or previously published.

Will my writing be edited?

Possibly. We will try to preserve each writer’s voice as-is, but in certain cases the foundation may request edits as a condition of publication.

Once I’ve submitted my piece to you, can I seek to get it published elsewhere?

Yes. The Hogg Foundation is not a for-profit publisher or commercial enterprise, therefore we won’t demand an exclusive right to your content.  Once your submission has been accepted as part of the New Voices Showcase, you’re free to seek to get it published elsewhere. We do ask that you grant us an unlimited license to use, quote, excerpt or reproduce your work in our communications.

I have previously received a grant from the Hogg Foundation. Am I eligible to apply for this opportunity?

Yes, you are still eligible to apply for this opportunity.

Can I submit more than once?

No, only one submission per writer.

Is poetry allowed?

For this opportunity, we are looking for prose non-fiction submissions. If there are ever any opportunities to submit poetry, it will be posted on this website.

Can I publish under a pseudonym?

\Yes. If your submission is chosen for publication, you will be given the option to publish it using a pseudonym.