Submishmash Weekly: ‘A bubble that inflates around one’s head’


Publishing & Journalism:

Tools to take for a spin: Rachel Lyon’s Plot Roulette and Electric Literature’s Auto-Publicist (Rachel Lyon, Electric Literature).
Celebrating the brightness and beauty of Baya (The Cut).
Humility and other benefits your unread book collection affords (Inc.).
‘Black history was instinctively being preserved in everyday home movies.’ (Smithsonian NMAAHC).
Liz Phair is a bedroom writer (Medium).
From Max Richter, ‘an eight-hour personal lullaby for a frenetic world and a manifesto for a slower pace of existence’ (Vogue)
Poetry ala Astoria (Crosscut).
Embrace the urban and inflate your dome, worker of the future (the enlightened office).
‘More money, more problems?’ Getting an arts grants is complicated (New York Times).
Both can be revelatory: shed the journals, fill spring pages (Submittable).

Some Opportunities:

Mothers Always Write is offering a spring Literary Writers Boot Camp focused on the literary essay that includes extensive one-on-one coaching.
For its Romance & Women’s Fiction Writing Contest2 Elizabeths will award $1000 and print anthology publication.
C&R Press hosts an annual Soup Bowl Winter Chapbook Competition. The press is also open for full-length manuscripts in all categories: novels, poetry, short story collections, creative non-fiction, memoir, experimental and hybrid work.
Time to get morbid. For its Killer Flash contest, The Molotov Cocktail seeks stories that involve some form of death.
Woman Made Gallery’s Wordplay exhibit serves to highlight the voice of all female-identified artists who use text and image or text as image as a means of creative expression.
The Offbeat seeks intriguing, eccentric, and “offbeat” writing for its annual contestsRegular submissions are also open.
Editors at Cagibi seek poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and translation with rolling deadlines, reading year-round for all issues. The July issue theme is ‘Recovery.’
The Detroit Heritage Play Festival, presented by Casa Blanca Consultants, is open to playwrights of all ages, living in Detroit now, or in the past, or elsewhere with a connection to, or interest in, Detroit. Stories can be historical, fictional, or visionary.
WusGood?, a POC magazine, is accepting applications for The Black Hogwarts Online Workshop, an intensive poetry workshop with a magical theme.
The Office of Public Art at the Pittsburgh Arts Council seeks visual, performing, and literary artists for Sift 2, curated by José Carlos Diaz.
yəhaw̓ is an open call exhibition celebrating the depth and diversity of Indigenous art made in the Pacific Northwest.
Photographers: the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is accepting applications for its 2018-2019 Artist Residency program, and the Open Society Documentary Photography Project is offering a new joint exhibition and fellowship opportunity focused on the topic of migration.
Gemini Ink, San Antonio’s independent literary arts center, seeks panel proposals for its 2018 Writers Conference on the theme ‘Writing the New Century.’
Chapbooks and photography sought by Desert Willow Press.
The National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellows Program is open to individuals with arts and culture projects in New England dedicated to creating positive community change.
Chaleur Magazine seeks essays, critiques, poetry, art, and film.
Judges for the New Ohio Review 2018 Contest are Mary Gaitskill (fiction), Roxane Gay (nonfiction), and Kevin Prufer (poet). One winner in each genre will receive $1000 and publication.
Dark Ink Press is a publisher of fiction, nonfiction, art, and photography. Its subsidiary magazine thrives on original work with an edge.
Hub City Press’s Summer Publishing Internship program, based in downtown Spartanburg, S.C., includes lodging and a stipen.
Loft Literary seeks applicants for its paid Summer Marketing and Communications Internship Program.
Want to build a Facebook-alternative? Check out the LAUNCH Open Book Challenge.

What We’re Listening To:

Submittable’s main muse Sasha Bell from the Customer Experience Team created this week’s Spotify playlist, ‘Sasha’s Brain.’ Here’s how she described it:
These are a few songs to get some of us through the late doldrums of Winter. It includes some new discoveries and some favorite oldies. Enjoy tracks by Destroyer, Sonny and the Sunsets, Anne Murray, and more.  

Rachel Mindell

Rachel Mindell is a content creator and strategist for Submittable's marketing and product teams. She also writes and teaches poetry. You can find Rachel's creative work here: