We will publish short literary work created by artists over 55 who are taking the biggest creative risks of their lives and pushing boundaries without fear of falling or failing. One of the last unexamined taboos in the creative arts, especially in publishing, is the subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) preference for work by “young” artists—usually 30 and under.* Too many gatekeepers assume that fresh, daring work can only be created by young people. Elderstone exists to demonstrate this is not true.
(*We are not implying that equity and diversity have otherwise been “solved” in the arts, as there is still a long way to go. We are only saying that ageism is alive and well and under-explored as a form of discrimination.)
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Elderstone will actively and consistently seek out artists who identify as BIPOC. White artists will not be over-represented among our contributors or on our masthead. In other words, our editorial and production staff will always reflect the artistic community we seek to represent. We embrace all gender identities, in all forms. Given our mission, we will impose one limitation on diversity: our contributors, collaborators, and graphic artists will identify as 55 or older, with no upper age limit—and that’s important. If you are in your 70s, 80s, or 90s, or 100s, you are strongly encouraged to submit.
What We Want
Short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction that offers a sharply observed point of view, powerful language, and creative storytelling. Any subject will be considered; the work should be in English or translated into English from any language. We seek to connect with work that deepens or illuminates our understanding of the human condition from all identity perspectives. There is no thematic requirement to address age in any way. We will take on faith when you submit that you are at least 55 years old; we’re not asking for proof or battle scars. However, all submissions must be the writer’s own original work.
How We Operate
We will be an independent collective of artists from around the English-speaking world collaborating to identify, curate, and gather a compelling variety of literary work by people 55 and over.