Call for Narratives for a Special Issue: Hurricane Season 2017: Harvey, Irma & Maria

Stories of Widespread Destruction and Unparalleled Human Resilience and Response

Still Accepting Submissions until 4/30/18

The guest editors seek diverse narratives on the 2017 Hurricanes and the California wildfires from individuals or groups who either endured or were instrumental in responding to these disastrous events and which can chronicle a single or sequence of critical events personally experienced, observed or documented. This special issue will document natural disasters of epic proportion bringing to life heartbreaking stories of human despair and fear contrasted by unfathomable acts courage and compassion. Given the unique and broad expressions of disaster, submissions may be of any length, from short narratives focused on a single vignette to longer stories with multiple portrayals of interactions and references to the literature – are welcome (within an overall range of 1200-8000 – maximum words).      

The editors are interested in stories from flood, hurricane, and fire survivors and their families and relatives of lost victims, first responders and rescue team members; volunteer neighborhood responders; health and human service direct providers, students and educators, and religious, government, political, and media personnel with direct experience in rescue efforts along with on-going work to restore communities and lives shattered by hurricanes, floods, and fire.

Submission Directions and Guest Editors

To inquire, please email in order to reach the guest editors, or contact any one of them directly: Dr. Ruby M. Gourdine (; Dr. Sandra Crewe (; Dr. Steven Applewhite (; Dr. Priscilla Allen (; Dr. Priscilla Gibson ( To Submit a Manuscript, please write with Hurricane in the subject and request assistance in author registration.

For a full copy of the Call for Narratives for this Special Issue, please visit this dropbox site (no need to sign-on, please just download):