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Divorce is Rad!

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Pay: $100+ on acceptance of manuscript

Length: 2,000-4,000 words

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Project Overview:

Divorce needs a makeover. So many women and children are trapped in unhappy marriages just because they can't get past the perception that divorce is the devil. Sure, it's not what we wish for when we walk down the aisle (whether we wear a white gown or a scarlet shift)but if it's the escape hatch into our best life, it should have more romise around it. It should hold more of a space for the positive.

Divorce is Rad!will be a spicy, bracing, riveting selection of essays from women from all walks of life. The words within will make you laugh, cry, nod your head, and shake your fist. The unifying thread is,“I got divorced, and it rocked my world.You can't take the deepest core of grief and loss away from something that has its unavoidable traumatic component, but divorce can lose the shame/fear/stigma frosting on its sometimes bitter cake. Because you know what? A lot of those bites are surprisingly sweet.

Divorce is Rad! is about divorce dusted off, reviewed, and spit-shined for our generation's post-taboo, post-seventies-casual, post- pseudo “family values. It's the sparkling shore for the woman who been standing on the gangplank of a fatally becalmed boat. It's the kind, warm current that leads her to that shore, and the beach towel and picnic lunch that awaits her when she gets solid ground under her feet.

Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and three sons. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing from Queens University, she writes about art and artist profiles for Charleston Magazine, The City Paper, Charleston Art Mag, and Art Papers. Amy also writes about living with chronic illness, and is finishing a book about women with diabetes for Demos Health. When she needs to get out of her own head, she teaches college students how to write the 5 paragraph essay. You can read more of her writing at her website.

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