Submishmash Weekly: ‘Avoid the negative’


Publishing & Journalism

On the value and necessity of hip-hop scholarship (The Chronicle of Higher Education). 

The new frontier of technology-assisted biography (The Walrus).

From interviews to sketches, an exploration of mental health (YES!).

‘This book assures me that all our work holds good, even if we can’t see the long-term effects from here (Slate).

Bias-revealing robots take on the Booker (QZ). 

The infinite creative possibilities of a home library (My Modern Met). 

‘Everything she was saying—about art, about the tools of comedy, about the strength of broken people who rebuild themselves—hit like a locomotive (WIRED).’

The history, and future, of the singular they (The Web of Language).

Writing: what to avoid, what to celebrate (Submittable).

Some Opportunities

Muse/A seeks poetry, art, and lyric essays.

The Breakwater Review is currently reviewing poetry, prose, art, and fictioncontest entries.

The Space & Time Artist Residency from Guttenberg Arts provides artists with stipends to cover materials, travel and access to a professionally equipped workspace.

For its Flash Beast ContestThe Molotov Cocktail seeks animal-themed flash fiction entries. Stories must include an animal in a meaningful way, though it doesn’t necessarily need to be the main focus.

South 85 Journal is seeking flash fiction entries of 850 words or less for its Julia Peterkin Award for Flash Fiction.

The University of New Orleans Press Lab is accepting submissions of book-length fiction, either novels or short story collections.

The Awakenings Foundation seeks visual and performing artists (including dancers and spoken work) for Songs of Survival, a concert series by, for, and about survivors of sexual violence.

The Joan Ramseyer Memorial Poetry Contest will honor a winning poem or poems that move the soul in a memorable and accessible way.

Kallisto Gaia Press is hosting two contests: The 2018 Julia Darling Memorial Poetry Prize and The 2018 Chester B. Himes Memorial Short Fiction Prize.

Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture seeks films for its 14th annual Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival.

The Journal is interested in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, photo essays, author interviews, and reviews of new books of poetry and prose for online and print publication.

The 2018 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose from Gulf Coast will be judged by Laura van den Berg with a prize of $1,000 and publication. Gulf Coast Prizes in Translation (Poetry) and Critical Art Writing are also open.

32 Poems welcomes poetry and poetry book reviews.

The Creative Access Residencies consortium, coordinated by Vermont Studio Center and the Alliance of Artists Communities, offers artists with Spinal Cord Injury residencies through four host organizations.

Writers Rising Up is hosting the Prairie Poetry Prize, on the theme of prairie grasses.

RedLine Arts offers Arts in Society Grants to individual artists and activists, arts organizations, non-arts organizations, schools, and government agencies in Colorado.

The Conium Review seeks innovative fiction for print and web publication.

Lineage of Mirrors, from Winter Tangerine, seeks to profile poets of color and their influences.

Prism Review is considering poetry and prose for its 2019 issue.

Find Submittable professional opportunities here.

What We’re Listening To

On this week’s Submishmash Weekly playlist:

Modern, hypnotic soul from newcomers Sha La Das, Helena Deland with a lovely piece of intimate synth-pop, brooding, smoldering ash disguised as techno by Helena Hauff, and more.

Follow Submittable’s Spotify for all your new music needs.

What We’re Reading

Submittable’s Marketing Services Manager Jolene Brink read The Hopes of Snakes: And Other Tales from the Urban Landscape by Lisa Couturier:

While the blurb for this essay collection leads with the author’s curiosity about the urban and suburban nature throughout the Northeast, from Washington, D.C. to Boston, and all of the animals crossing roads between, I was mesmerized by the author’s own navigations. Whether grappling with the politics of women scared to walk in the woods alone, or meditations on historic crow roosts in an expanding urban landscape, Couturier bridges her direct observations with poignant, pointed questions. When she asks, “Why is it we take for granted all but what we are about to lose?”, she’s thinking about crows, but she’s also challenging our own wildness and what we’re willing to protect.

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: