Submishmash Weekly: ‘Boldly go across the living room’


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Publishing & Creative News

The calming practice of using cookbooks like book-books (Bon Appetit).

“Much of the debate around one space or two has been fueled by the halcyon days of the typewriter” (The Verge).

Alice Wu and a super creative kick-in-the-butt (Refinery29).

Welcome to your new obsession, Ghanaian Mobile Cinema (Nerdist).

Build a NASA rover with 13-year old Alexander Mather (YouTube).

“Excellent seating. Addition of snack bar is a welcome touch” (SB Nation).

Yorkshire Silly Walks for the win (My Modern Met).

A marathon in every sense of the word (WIRED).

“The hard part… is that I actually like some amount of anxiety, because I think it helps me get things done, and do them better” (Semi-rad).

Poem in which Ada Limón says enough (New Yorker).

The sort of bingo submitting writers need to win right now (Submittable).

Some Opportunities

The 7th edition of the AT&T Film Awards will celebrate emerging creators with $60,000 in cash and prizes for film categories including XR (MR/VR/AR), Mobile, Drone, Spanish-language, and Youth.

Orca now dedicates its June issue to speculative fiction including sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and dystopian work. Editors prefer a literary style that is imaginative and artful with no tropes.

High Desert Journal is a forum for literary, visual, and journalistic artists to contribute a deeper understanding of the landscape and people of the interior West.

Togethering” is an open call from Houston Center for Photography focused on photographs of how we are each experiencing this extended period of isolation. This virtual exhibition is open to anyone, anywhere.

The NBC Talent Infusion Programs is accepting applications for its casting assistant and office coordinator programs.

After Dinner Conversation is seeking short stories that draw out ethical or philosophical discussions—think “Trolley Problem,” in short story form.

For its Raymond Carver Short Story Contest judged by Pam Houston, Carve will award $3000 across five prizes.

Report for America is seeking interns and fellows for the Ground Truth Project, as well as applicants for two managerial positions.

Wild Roof Journal is an online art & literature publication seeking all forms of visual art (painting, drawing, photography, digital) and writing (poetry, fiction, non-fiction, short form).

Glass Mountain accepts work in all genres for online and print publication.

For “House Party,” an online exhibition of small works, Binder Projects is accepting contemporary art submissions from practitioners worldwide.

Spanish and Portuguese Review is calling for papers from graduate students on topics including culture, film, linguistics, literature, pedagogy, second language acquisition, and translation.

Berkeley Film Foundation awards grants for films in the production, post-production, and distribution stages by Bay-area filmmakers.

River Teeth is accepting nonfiction for its journal as well as the weekly series “Beautiful Things.”

The City of Austin’s Asian American Resource Center offers an annual Community Exhibit Program for artists who identify as Asian American Pacific Islander to display art and cultural objects that explore their unique perspectives.

New Letters has a variety of open prize and general submission opportunities.

The American Poetry Review is accepting poetry, prose, and prize submissions.

For its quarterly magazine, Creative Nonfiction is accepting nonfiction of all kinds.

Are you keeping a journal or diary during this pandemic? If so, you’re invited to share an entry (or two) with Passager, a journal and press dedicated to writers over 50.

Flyway is currently looking for small artist portfolios to feature in a new online web journal.

Submittable is hiring for a Director of Demand Generation to join its Montana-based team.

What We’re Reading

book coverMarketing Senior Editor Rachel Mindell is reading Outline by Rachel Cusk.

Somewhere between first and third person, this incredible book by Rachel Cusk carves out its own form of narration—I’ve never read anything like it. The book opens on an airplane, apropos as a liminal space, with the narrator Faye en route to Athens where she will teach writing workshops for the summer. Faye is a collector of stories and a cipher. People reveal intimate details about their flawed lives to her and through her memory of them, we receive faint glimpses of Faye herself. So far, the book is almost entirely made up of characters telling Faye things they should probably keep secret. It’s delicious and I’m excited that this novel is the first in a series because reading Cusk immediately transports me into another world which is exactly what I need and want from bedtime reading at this moment.