Submishmash Weekly: ‘All the confirmation that you’ll ever need’


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Publishing & Journalism

On the custom of italicizing non-English words (Quartzy).

‘The big letters say: this is an important literary book. The exuberant backgrounds say: and it’s totally hot right now’ (Lit Hub).

R.I.P., Donald Hall (PBS).

Art history analysis: Carters at the Louvre (Time).

Taking Laura Ingalls Wilder to task, taking her name away (Melville House Books).

‘Whatever you think it’s like after you publish a book, it’s actually harder than that’ (The Millions).

A video essay traces how ‘the Coen brothers use vehicles and roads in their films to tell a story’ (Laughing Squid).

In Turkey: writing and publishing from prison (The Guardian).

In conversation with St. Vincent’s stylist, Emily Batson (Design Observer via AIGA).

The time is ripe for time-themed prompts (Submittable).

Some Opportunities

The theme for Exposition Review’s Flash 405 Contest is ‘Nature.’ Editors seek flash works in the following categories: fiction, nonfiction, experimental, poetry, stage, and screen.

Pursue Pictures seeks photographs for its ‘People and Places’ category. Winner receives $2500 prize and gallery feature.

The Huntington Arts Council invites artists to participate in Wearable Art. Work should be representative of the creative inspiration found in garments, accessories, and representational work (design boards, performance images, etc.).

The Adrift Short Story Competition from Driftwood Press will award short stories that keep the editors up at night. David Jauss will serve as this year’s final judge.

Mothers Always Write is holding its next online literary writers boot camp, focused on perfecting the literary essay through extensive one-on-one coaching.

NBC’s Alternative Directors Program will give five female and ethnically diverse entrants with at least one directing credit the opportunity to shadow NBC and Universal Television Alternative Studios unscripted series.

For its Nonfiction PrizeBooth seeks any and all creative nonfiction: essay, memoir, criticism, documentary, graphic/comics nonfiction, testimony, field notes, hermit crab, braided, experimental, and so on.

Sequestrum is accepting fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for Issue 17.

Woman Made Gallery seeks artists for ‘Language of the Voiceless,’ art inspired by, and in memoriam to Nancy Hild.

The winner of the of the Comstock Review Muriel Craft Bailey Poetry Contest judged by Maggie Smith will receive $1,000.

The Growlery is a privately run artist residency located in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood open to visual artists and performance artists.

The 2018 Poetry Competition from the UK’s Ambit Magazine, judged by Malika Booker, is open to writers of any nationality, aged 16 or over. The theme for this year is ‘Home’.

Magnum Foundation is accepting proposals for Photography in Collaboration: Migration and Religion, an initiative for photographers to expand upon their practice by working with creative partners from other disciplines. Selected projects will receive project development support and production grants of up to $25,000.

The Staunch Book Prize will award £2000 to a thriller that does not involve violence to women.

From the University of Iowa’s Carver School of Medicine, The Examined Life seeks fiction and nonfiction related to health and the human condition.

Prism International seeks poetry, prose, and nonfiction prize entries.

Nimrod’s Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers of fiction and poetry honor writers at the beginning of their careers.

A new international web magazine and literary journalI Come From The World, seeks visual art, multimedia, photography, and creative nonfiction.

Uncomfortable Revolution is offering 4 paid media fellowships to support up-and-coming talent, and give fellows a launchpad for their future careers.

Creative Nonfiction’s internships offers undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate individuals the opportunity to learn new skills in the realm of literary publishing.

What We’re Listening To

On this week’s Submishmash Weekly playlist:

Post-Tropicalia 70’s Chilean folk courtesy of Manduka, incredible experimental jazz from Australian quintet Tangents, the inability to breathe by Standing on the Corner, and more.

Submittable’s Spotify = Your New Music

What We’re Reading

Sales Representative Bryce Kilker recently finished Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World.

In this book, Cal Newport discusses the challenges of finding focus as increased digital and spatial accessibility take up more and more of our limited mental bandwidth. He puts together a strong case for knowledge workers to intentionally craft an environment that cuts out distraction and promotes focus. What I liked best about this book were the practical techniques Newport offers, including an implementable system for any reader’s daily schedule.

Rachel Mindell

Rachel Mindell is Senior Editor for Submittable's Marketing Team. She also writes and teaches poetry. You can find Rachel's creative work here: