Raise your hand if this has happened to you: you’re explaining your anarchism to a non-anarchist who’s curious. They seem interested, open to your ideas, or eager to try to share them with others in their life. As you wrap up your conversation, they ask you for a good, basic, accessible introduction to anarchist ideas – one they can read to their kids or share with their skeptical friends or distribute in their small town. What do you give them? If you’re anything like us, your distro table may be surprisingly lacking in simple primer pamphlets to get the anarcho-curious started.
And that’s why we’re announcing the ANARCHIST PRIMER COMPETITION, taking place at the 4th Carrboro Anarchist Book Fair in Chapel Hill, NC!
Attention all anarchists: you’ve got two more weeks! On Saturday, November 23rd, you can table with your new primer, share them with the seasoned veterans, shy consumers, and undercover cops who patronize the book fair, and then we’ll have an event in the evening where everyone has the chance to present their work in ten minutes or less. A panel of judges will award black ribbons for the best primer in various categories, including: Best Design, Best Topical (for a specific audience or purpose), Best All-Ages Primer,Best Presentation, Funniest Troll Entry, and Best Overall.
The parameters are simple: 5,000 words or less (the shorter the better), no more than 20 pages in whatever design format you choose, photocopyable for mass distribution, and intended to introduce anarchy and anarchist ideas to a wide audience. If you can’t make it in person to table, send your entry along with someone who can. We’ll pick up copies of each other’s work, and by the end of the weekend we’ll have tons of creative new options for introductory primers to share in our own organizing.
GO! Get writing, get creative, get competitive. We’ll see you in North Carolina in a few weeks!
the collective for Another Carrboro Anarchist Bookfair (ACAB)