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Don't Call Me Sugar

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Don't Call Me Sugar is a nonfiction WIP written by North Carolina sociologist Hope M. Smiley-McDonald, Ph.D. and North Carolina psychologist Stephanie M. Wright-Weeks, Ph.D. The purpose of the book is to explore the themes and undertones of the modern Southern Woman's perceptions and experiences.

We are actively soliciting first-person accounts on a variety of topics. The essays we receive will be used to illustrate those themes and undertones, with excepts from the writings embedded in the heart of the book. Who may contribute? Any woman who considers herself in any way Southern. This includes women born in the south who no longer live here, women born elsewhere and transplanted in the south, women born, raised, and still in the south, and everyone in between. The odd essay or two from men who love southern women will also be appreciated. No one is too young or old to contribute. No story is too short, long, funny, or sad. What you say is up to you; how you say it will shape the structure of this book. (read a sample essay)

Hope is a sociologist (Ph.D., 2005, University of Kentucky), wife, and modern southern female. Hope was born in Somerset, Kentucky and enjoyed living in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Florida before finally settling in Raleigh, North Carolina. Living in these four states has made her appreciate the subtleties that distinguish and define women from different areas in the South, and also what separates Southern women from the rest of the world. In addition to Don't Call Me Sugar, Hope is a research associate at a firm in Durham, NC. You may read about her other research interests here. You may also email Hope directly.

Stephanie is a social psychologist (Ph.D., 2002, NC State University), wife, mother, and modern southern female. As the mother of a new generation of southern girls, Stephanie is aware of the rich heritage her three daughters enjoy. In addition to Don't Call Me Sugar and various other writing projects, Stephanie is a research associate at firm in Durham, NC. You may read about her other research interests here. You may also email Stephanie directly.

Submitting Your Own Essays

Please note: Submissions not conforming to the following instructions will not be considered for Don't Call Me Sugar due to issues of copyright. Thank you in advance for adhering to the submission guidelines.

The easiest and most expedient way to submit is through the website's submission page. Click the preceding link, read the consent and permissions statement, complete the very brief questionnaire, and paste your writing in the text box. Click submit, and you're finished! Note: If you submit more than one essay (and we encourage you to do so!) and you do not submit them at the same time, you will need to complete the questionnaire for each submission.

Submitting through LJ is also possible, but things get a little trickier. You will first need to add this comm as a friend. Then, once DMCS is added as a friend, you will need to create a Custom Friend Group in which DCMS is the only friend listed. These posts cannot be viewed publicly or by all of your LJ friends, or they will be unable to be used in the book. Sorry. We don't write the laws; we just follow them (mostly). Posted in this comm is a copy of the questionnaire found on the website. Copy and paste the questionnaire into your post(s) and answer the questions before writing/pasting your essay. If you are posting your essays here on LJ rather than through the website's submission page, you will only need to complete this questionnaire once. Once you have answered these questions, type or paste your essay and post choosing the CUSTOM security level and choosing DCMS as the custom friend group. Post, and you're done!

Various items of interest on how to post, what submissions are coming in, and special topical challenges will be posted in the comm. You may post/reply as you like. We only as that you do not post your own submissions here. Email or post for answers to any questions you might have.