Over the weekend, the latest issue of the Army Future Warfare Writing Project (FWWP) went live. I hope you take a moment to read these groundbreaking pieces of speculative fiction by up-and-coming writers. Maybe you’ll find your new favorite writer. Maybe the writer you find here will become the next Tom Clancy!
And it is OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS.
I am very passionate about this project. Why is it important to me? Why should it be important to you?
1. This project innovates critical thinking
A recent article by Bruna Martinuzzi noted that many businesses now seek to hire English and humanities majors. One reason for this change is a preference for communication and critical thinking skills. The Army Press has taken this one step further. The FWWP uses speculative fiction to consider the possible future of warfare.
Though the use of speculative fiction in this way is innovative, the use of fiction to drive critical thinking is quite old. Perhaps the most famous example is “A Room of One’s Own” by Virginia Woolf. In fact, the quote on my homepage comes from that very work.
2. This supports a better total Soldier
Though this project is open to former Soldiers, Officers, or pretty much anyone with a great idea, FWWP loves publishing Soldiers. I recently received a coin for my finalist essay in the NCO Writing Excellence Program (NCO WEP). An NCO friend of mine, SGT Anonymous, said, “I’ve never seen anyone get something like that in the Army.”
Well, SGT Anonymous, that’s because the program is brand new. Too often, we focus on the shrinking budgets and shrinking force. We, as Soldiers, tend to forget that the Army has made remarkable strides in improving the total Soldier concept with programs such as R2C, Army University, and now FWWP and NCO WEP.
3. This project has a high acceptance rate
More important is the reason why the acceptance rate is high. Editors in this project provide personalized feedback on pieces. Writers know that 99.8% of feedback from publishers is in form reply. “We loved it but don’t want to publish it,” is second in frustrating responses to, “Thanks but it’s not right for us.” Acceptances, .1%. Personalized responses, .1%.
FWWP frequently works with authors on revising works to make them stronger. If personalized responses are rare, revision requests are nearly unheard of. This is a common occurrence at FWWP.
4. It builds experience
I asked to work with this project to build my CV (or curriculum vitae). However, all our writers gain a writing credit for their CV, resume, or LinkedIn profile.