Guest Editor Application, 2020–2021

Stipend: $1000

Deadline: May 15, 2020

Application: https://bit.ly/guest-editor2020

Chemeketa Press seeks current Chemeketa Community College (CCC) faculty to submit proposals to reprint a book in the public domain (published prior to January 1, 1925) for use in CCC courses. We are particularly interested in texts from underrepresented voices or that describe experiences relevant to the diverse student population at Chemeketa.

The Press has two opportunities for our ongoing series of student-friendly texts:

American Voices Collection: Narratives that feature a unique perspective on the American experience (fiction or creative nonfiction). Books in this series:

  • Passing, a novella by Nella Larsen, edited by Matthew Hodgson
  • My First Summer in the Sierra, a personal narrative by John Muir, edited by Kevin Dye
  • (forthcoming) Wynema: A Child of the Forest, a novel by S. Alice Callahan, edited by Tammy Jabin with a guest introduction by Norma Marshall from the Muscogee Creek tribe

Primary Text Editions: Primary sources, nonfiction, or journalistic accounts that document an important moment in history. Book in this series:

  • (forthcoming) America Awakened: The Anti-Lynching Crusade of Ida B. Wells-Barnett, edited by Taylor A. Marrow III

What’s Involved

Guest editors select and curate the manuscript and make editorial decisions under the guidance of the Press’s instructional editor. The duties of guest editors include writing an introduction that contextualizes the book for a student audience and providing support material, such as footnotes and/or a glossary index, to aid student understanding. Guest editors collaborate with faculty and students in Visual Communications to guide student design of the book’s cover. This may include providing a guest lecture on the book’s content for student designers. In return, guest editors receive a stipend of $1,000.


  • Must be a book-length text (25,000–70,000 words/approx.100–280 pages).
  • Must be in the public domain (published before January 1, 1925).
  • Must be for use in a Chemeketa Community College course.
  • Must be available to work on the book fall 2020 through winter 2021 terms.

Sources for Public Domain Texts

Questions? Contact Stephanie Lenox, stephanie.lenox@chemeketa.edu, 503-399-5253. Inquiries from authors outside the CCC system can be sent to collegepress@chemeketapress.org.

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