Now that 2018 has arrived, we want to know how the current political climate affects your writing practice. No matter how committed you may be to finally finishing that novel you started five years ago, this hardly seems the historical moment to write anything without also paying serious attention to systemic sexism, racism, climate change, and everything else wrong with the world right now. Maybe you've noticed your work in the past year has turned subtly or not so subtly darker. Or maybe you have finally hit upon a strategy to work more resistance into your poetry, essays, or story lines. As creative writers, we’re all searching to make our work relevant, to say something that matters. From now through April 1st, we’re looking for true stories of 500 words or less about how you’re trying to do just that. We'll try too, we promise.
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.