Submishmash Weekly: ‘Do something special’


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Publishing & Creative News

Happy New Years! Check out this gorgeous algae (Hyperallergic).

‘I feel like filmmaking, creating content, is really an opportunity to listen. Even from the creative standpoint’ (Vox).

Days in the life of an Amazon delivery driver (The Atlantic).

Roxane Gay on why reading diversely (and beyond the “literary”) matters (The Guardian).

‘Conjugating verbs is a good time for me’ (NewsChannel5).

The photographic campaign focused on Holocaust survivors (WBUR).

‘A reading list of novels, non-fiction, and… border verse to understand the thorny complexities of this demarcation’ (Electric Lit).

Fine art degree = 38 jobs? (Format)

‘I didn’t hate Chinese food, but I coveted American food. The more mundane, the more intriguing’ (Los Angeles Times).

A guide to the manuscript graveyard (Submittable).

Some Opportunities

The Oxford American seeks fiction from emerging writers who have not been published in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000 copies. The selected writer will be paid $1,000.

Reunion: The Dallas Review seeks short fiction, drama, visual art, poetry, translation work, and nonfiction for print publication.

For its first annual Editors’ PrizeColumbia College Literary Review seeks fiction and creative nonfiction.

Brooklyn’s Smack Mellon is accepting artist proposals for site-specific exhibits and curator exhibitions, as well as submissions from mid-career artists.

Mothers Always Write is offering a winter online Literary Writers Boot Camp focused on the literary essay.

The DISQUIET Prize awards poetry, fiction, or nonfiction on any subject with publication. One grand prize winner will also receive a full scholarship to attend the Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal.

The Center for Photography at Woodstock welcomes submissions for WOODSTOCK AIR 2019, a residency program for U.S. based photographers and writers whose work addresses diversity, identity, race, and social justice.

The winner of the the Colorado Prize for Poetry receives a $2,000 honorarium and publication of their book by the Center for Literary Publishing.

Bending Genres seeks poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction that is experimental, gut-wrenching, terrifying, honest, breakneck speed, fabulous, and secretive.

The Hillman Prizes for Journalism in service of the common good will be given by The Sidney Hillman Foundation to investigative journalism published in 2018 in all mediums in the US and Canada.

Flying Ketchup Press seeks short stories by kids for kids and by teens, as well as fantasy stories for its short story contest.

For No.7 PrintGenre: Urban Arts is seeking writing, art, and photography.

Atlantic Center for the Arts is accepting applications for Residency #174 with Cornelius Eady, Nicole M. Mitchell, and Michelle Grabner.

Curating Alexandria has a number of open calls for creative work based on mythology, fairy tales, and lore.

The 2019 Juniper Summer Writing Institute in Amherst, Mass. is now accepting applications. Deadline to apply for funding is January 15.

Writers are invited to submit poems on the contest theme ENOUGH to Public Poetry. Contest judges are Robin Davidson, Roy G. Guzman, Patricia Spears Jones, and Carmen Giménez Smith.

The National Parks Arts Foundation is accepting applications for its Chaco Culture National Historical Park Artist in Residence Program.

For its speculative writing contests, LET DOWN YOUR HAIREVENT Magazine seeks fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and anything in between.

Ox-Bow, School of Art and Artists’ Residency, is seeking a Campus Director.

Come work with us in Missoula, Mont. Find Submittable job openings here.

What We’re Listening To

The Submishmash Weekly playlist is updated every week:

We’re getting folksy for New Year’s, featuring tunes from Neil Young, Bert Jansch, Elizabeth Cotten, Gordon Bok, and more. This is a selection of (mostly) rare cuts that you won’t want to miss.

Submishmash Weekly also proudly presents our ‘2018 Year in Music’ playlist. This is not a ‘best of’ list, rather a reflection of the year’s art of sound. Enjoy!

What We’re Reading

book coverOffice Manager Karin Schalm readBreaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called “Alien:

What a wild ride… Jeremy N. Smith’s new book charts the rise of an MIT freshman pulling pranks on rooftops to one of the most bad-ass hackers in the cybersecurity industry. Self-named “Alien,” our hero rollerblades her way through computer codes, drugs, intense friendships, and a series of jobs in a male-dominated field. She lands for a stint at the highly-secretive Los Alamos National Laboratory. One day she’s breaking into banks. The next she’s bringing up a new generation of hackers, providing health insurance and spending accounts to boot. Be careful—you might get hacked! This story could inspire you to become the person you always wanted to be.

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: