Submishmash Weekly: ‘A cat who is a fish who is a figment’


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Publishing & Creative News

Twenty-one scholars make their case for the most significant book of the last twenty years (The Chronicle of Higher Education).

An excerpt from Michelle Obama’s memoir (The Guardian).

‘If eating as a woman is fraught, doing so as a woman on TV is even more so’ (Eater).

Lucy, Penny, Chip, Poppy, Trouble, and more Haiku for pets (The Rumpus).

Architect Dy Proeung: ‘Rather than destroy his life’s work, he hid every piece of evidence of his past in the ground’ (Roads & Kingdoms).

Poetry-reading has grown substantially and other great data-derived art trendsfrom a new NEA report (National Endowment for the Arts).

Eight great literary podcasts (The Washington Post).

Baldwin’s glimmer of faith in the world he volcanically condemned was even more extraordinary because, though the deck was stacked against him, he resisted succumbing to despair’ (The Paris Review).

Explore the Art Institute of Chicago’s collection online (AIC).

On letting go, on finishing, and a new film opportunities list (Submittable).

Some Opportunities

For its inaugural contestPanoplyzine seeks poetry, short fiction, and prose. The theme is ‘Untamed.’

The CLMP Firecracker Awards for Independently Published and Self-Published Literature aim to celebrate and promote great literary works.

The LES Studio Program from Artists Alliance Inc provides three and six-month residencies to under-represented, emerging, and mid-career artists.

Muse/A seeks poetry and lyrics essays.

Sweet is holding its annual Flash Nonfiction Contest for essays between 500-1,000 words. Grand Prize is $500 and 20 handmade chapbooks.

For its Spring Solstice issueLeaping Clear seeks fiction, art, audio/video poems and music by artists with intentional meditation or contemplation practice.

Fearsome Critters is looking for written, visual, and hybrid works by Millennial and Millennial-adjacent creators for Volume Two of its annual full-color print journal.

Atmosphere Press is a collaborative press seeking books in all genres, from business to self-help to novels to poetry to YA and everything in between.

Emily Geminder and Genevieve Kaplan will judge Prism Review’s annual contests in short fiction (literary) and poetry.

Antenna’s Paper Machine Residency will host local and national/international artists to develop creative projects and public programs that explore and expand the possibilities of print-based artistic inquiry.

For its annual print issue, The McNeese Review is currently accepting poetry and fiction.

Tahoma Literary Review seeks fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Feedback option available for prose submissions.

The Scintillating Starts Contest from Writer Advice is open to 1250 words from a first chapter in fiction, memoir, or creative nonfiction.

Film Fund will provide up to $10,000 to support short films. Independent filmmakers should send a single sentence that presents their compelling premise and also conveys why they need funding to achieve their vision.

Gold Wake Press is reading for full-length manuscripts in all genres during its Fall Open Reading period.

The Passed Note is an online journal for a YA audience. For the first time, it’s hosting a contest for poetry, nonfiction, and fiction by teens aged 12-19.

Utah’s Route 7 seeks fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art/photography, and reviews/critiques from adventurers and desert dwellers nationwide.

Lighthouse Writers Workshop‘s Fort Lyon Fellowship offers professional writers the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline in a scenic environment while providing creative writing instruction to homeless veterans in Colorado.

Up North Lit’s Poetry Prize, judged by poet Kai Carlson-Wee, is open to anyone with ties to or writing about the Midwest.

Submittable seeks a full-time Product Designer.

What We’re Listening To

The Submishmash Weekly playlist is new each week.

Maisha ride the cosmic wave on the backs of Sun Ra and the Coltranes, Rosalía with an unparalleled brand of flamenco pop, Earl Sweatshirt’s lo-fi depressant, and more.

Be sure to follow Submittable on Spotify for more great music.

What We’re Reading

Office Manager Karin Schalm recommends MAID: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive,by Stephanie Land.

I know Stephanie Land from Missoula; she’s a recent star from the University of Montana’s undergraduate creative writing program. Land handed me an advance reading copy of her memoir Maid (which will be released by Hachette in January) and once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. She details her exhausting and stressful life of being poor, single, and uneducated with a small child to raise, and how missing work cleaning other people’s houses due to a broken car or unforgiving winter weather means going hungry or cold, or both. The glue throughout this story is Land’s young daughter, Mia, who learns to walk in a homeless shelter. Mia is a smart, spunky, and loving child who thrives in spite of the many difficulties her small family faces. By the end of the book we can’t help but feel she and her extraordinary mom are the lucky ones because they have what it takes to survive and—more importantly—each other.

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: