The Splinter Generation is now accepting submissions of interviews with people you wouldn’t ever talk to. Find someone you wouldn’t ordinarily meet, or someone you disagree with on almost everything and have dinner, or a drink, or an email exchange. Record it, transcribe it, edit it down, and send it in.
Why? Remember when you were a kid and your parents told you to never to talk to strangers? Remember when you thought a stranger was a menacing person, a person who looked nothing like you, and you were frightened? We might be a whole generation of strangers, so we challenge you to reach out to someone you find strange, and learn something new. And then maybe we can stop being scared.
Splinter has always been dedicated to our generation and its splintered groups, but this has become more of an ideal than a reality, when our readers and submitters are largely liberal, college bound writers. It’s not your fault or ours. We have been programmed to stick to those we recognize, and even though we try to diversify our journal, there are so many people we still don’t know.
Now, we are asking for your help.
Who do you look at and wonder, how does he/she live like that? Whose is your stranger? Is it an organic farmer, ex-gang member, sport super-fan, death metal musician, stay-at-home mother of three, punk anarchist, Christian minister, stockbroker, cattle rancher, transgender fashion model, bioengineer, Buddhist monk, anime cosplayer?
What we are looking for is honest curiosity, human stories, and just a good conversation. We are not looking for baiting or reckless debating, and angry rants will be automatically rejected. We are sure some will be drawn to politics, but know numerous interviews between a liberal and a conservative will just put us in seriously bad moods.
Edited transcripts should be under 3000 words, preferably shorter, and attached to an email as a .doc or .txt document.
Please email interview submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with your last name and “Interview” in the subject line. ex: Borges Interview