The Tract House

The Tract House is looking for new tracts!

In conjunction with the American Philosophical Society (APS) Museum and Philagrafika, The Tract House: The Darwin Addition will be distributing tracts in Philadelphia in early 2010.

For this special incarnation of The Tract House, we are specifically seeking tracts that have to do with the ideas, themes, and life of Charles Darwin!

Tracts can focus on all matter of Darwiniana, including, but not limited to: geology, theology, sexuality, asexuality, extinction, deep time, God, God-lessness, natural selection, mutation, survival of the fittest, breeding, inbreeding, observation, cannibalism, ape relatives, botany, barnacles, hermaphrodites, lost continents, heredity, and animal emotions. In addition, tract writers may want to tackle more practical issues, such as: food and hygiene on a five year journey, how to make friends with strangers living on islands, beards, pet turtles, on-board diversions, keeping specimens from accidentally being eaten, killing for science, and world travel pre-internet.

To see the online exhibition about Darwin at the APS Museum, visit
Do not feel the necessity of being bound simply by “facts.” The tract is the perfect vehicle for your own crackpot theory, well-reasoned idea, kneejerk rant, or stalwart manifesto. The purpose of a tract is to convince your reader of something you truly believe. Your tract can be urgent, convincing, loud, strident, scolding or simmering, genuine, soft, or ridiculous. Use the tools your language has to offer: humor, metaphor, poetics, allegory, melodrama.

Tracts can vary in length from a few choice words to a longer story. The tracts will be professionally designed by Roman Jaster. To see all tracts previously published by The Tract House, please visit For images of The Tract House in action, visit

{For those of you who submitted tracts for the Miami Tract House that was cancelled last October due to recession, we will try to use submitted tracts that can somehow be related to Darwin!}

Deadline for tracts: October 1, 2009. Please submit your text to

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