by Don Hankins; for more information, visit

by Don Hankins; for more information, visit

Call for Essays

Rendezvous in the Rough: Essays from the 21st Century Dating Trenches

Online dating. Alleged dating site identities. Sexting. Second go-rounds. We’re all in this for the long haul (or even the short haul), but how do we date and (gasp) find love with all of the new obstacles of the 21st century getting in the way?

In this collection we seek witty, wry, raw, insightful, and/or (yes, always) humorous essays (be they happy-ending, painful, regretful, or even tragic) about dating in the 21st century. Above all, they need to be real. We seek personal, but not solely anecdotal, writing. We want to know the affect and effect of putting yourself out there in a technological dating pool. Essays should be literary and creative in nature, rather than expository.

Topics may include:

  • Online dating sites;
  • Learning about potential paramours through Google/Facebook/online dating/etc. sites;
  • Getting to know someone through social media;
  • Revisiting dating after divorce, and how the scene has changed;
  • The post-date experience, whether offline or online; and/or
  • Pitch it to us. We might like it.

Please submit an essay between 500 and 5,000 words, as well as a brief bio (including relevant publications and background) by May 30, 2015.

How to Submit:

Submit via e-mail to Use this subject line: Rendezvous in the Rough — [Author First and Last Name]. Paste your essay and bio into the body of your e-mail, as well as in an attachment. Attachments are preferred in .doc or .docx format.

Additional Details:

Original essays only. No reprints.

Anticpated 2016 publication date.

Compensation by way of contributor copies.

Authors retain copyright to individual works.

Co-Editor Bios:

Danita Berg chairs the English Department at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL, and is the founding director of the Red Earth Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing program at Oklahoma City University. She is the co-editor of Creative Composition: Inspiration and Techniques for Writing Instruction, and has published creative works in journals such as RedividerLiterary Mama, Southern Women’s ReviewBlack Market Review, and The Houston Literary Review, among others, as well as in non-fiction anthologies such as Press Pause Moments: Essays about Life Transitions by Women Writers and Shifts: An Anthology of Women’s Growth Through Change. She is the founder and non-fiction editor for the online literary journal, Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College and Ph.D. in English at the University of South Florida.

MacKenzie Jennings is an English professor at Polk State College in Winter Haven, FL. and a freelance editor. She has written articles and op-ed pieces for a number of news publications including The Macon Telegraph, Tallahassee Democrat, and Tokyo Classified. She has also optioned screenplays for several film production companies including Meridian Films and Green Moon Productions. She has a B.A. in Film Studies from Wesleyan College and an M.S. in English Education from Florida State University.