Writing is a physical as well as mental process. Because even the most inspired authors have to eat, from October 1 to December we’re looking for true stories of 500 words or less about what literally feeds you while you’re writing. Do you grab takeout from the Chinese place around the corner at midnight, or do you wake up at 5 am and make scrambled eggs? Does your desk smell like onions or lemongrass? Do your lips taste salty or sweet while you’re typing? Take us out of the story, essay, or poem you’re working on for the moment and into your physical writing space. Tell us what literally feeds you, how you prepare it, and what memories and associations these smells and tastes evoke.

We want vivid, vibrant poetry. We like prose poems or straight poetry with prose elements. We like traditional poetry. Submit up to 3 poems in a single document.

We are cool with traditional personal essay, memoir, etc. We LOVE us some experimental, research-driven stuff. Segmented. Lyric. Essays written in a bowl of alphabet soup. Surprise us. Play with form and content. If you hybridize some poetry and nonfiction, send it our way. Submit a single piece of no more than  4,000 words or up to 3 flash essays of less than 1,000 words each in a single document.

We want muscular prose, authenticity, and a real beating heart. Play with form and show us the humorous absurd. Submit short stories of no more than 3,000 words or up to 3 flash fictions of less than 750 words each in a single document.