Times are changing!
Witty, maligned and full of existential dread we may be, but the millennials are all grown up now. The definition of ‘millennial’ has broadened; the largest range that we’ve found suggested for the cohort is those born between 1980 – 2001. This would put the oldest possible millennial at 39. Some people may still see us as lazy, entitled and addicted to social media, but many others––including our own writers and readers––have acknowledged our place and responsibility in the world! Here at Grattan Street Press we know that our readers, writers and staff have never consisted entirely of millennials.
There was a time when millennials needed to assert value. We had no place in the workforce, or even in society, and ‘millennials’ was spoken like a dirty word. This partly formed the beginnings of this project as a place where the voice of millennials could be heard; where we could combat the idea that millennials are lazy and narcissistic. But perhaps the time for fighting back against the stereotype is over, and there is now space for a continuing discussion.
And so begins the M Project: a place for discourse about the new problems, ideals, celebrations or achievements of the millennials.
This year, we want to keep talking about issues faced by millennials, and we want to see more fiction.
We look forward to being surprised by your pitches and submissions, but, if you’re looking for inspiration, here are some things we’ve been thinking about:
- The exposure economy
- Disposable living
- Gender and gender fluidity
- Mental health
- Industry assassination
- Changing internet communities
- Failing social media
- Job dissatisfaction
- Having kids
- Empty-nester parents
- Online activism
- Participation trophies
- Multi-generational households
- Gig economy
- The sharing economy
- Job insecurity
- Sharehouse culture
- Fur babies
- Internet linguistics
- Third culture kids
- Constant contactability
If you remember when the internet entered our lives, or getting your first participation trophy, we would love to hear from you: what you find inspiring, interesting, troubling, frustrating, thrilling.
Your piece must be between 500-2000 words.
Grattan Street Press accepts both non-fiction and fiction submissions for consideration.
If you have a pitch or just want to express your interest, email us firstname.lastname@example.org.