Submishmash Weekly: ‘Fiction outperforming reality’


Publishing & Journalism:

On Egyptian surrealism (New York Review of Books).
An interview with the author of The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk Band (Los Angeles Review of Books).
Writing advice: five tipssix tips, and thirty-six tips (Publishers Weekly, Writer’s Digest, The Writing Cooperative).
Lidar discoveries in Guatemala could revise history (Business Insider).
The work of Tracy Chou: ‘Gender imbalance at tech companies isn’t just about how many… employees are women’ (The Atlantic).
Artist Kara Walker re-peoples the Civil War (In These Times).
‘This was the algorithm taking me on a journey of its own volition’ (The Guardian).
The blog: new prompts from us and hot takes from Sundance (Submittable).

Some Opportunities:

Pennsylvania’s GoggleWorks is hosting an open call to professional artists for its 11th Annual Juried Exhibition.
Periphery seeks writing, art, and more from undergraduate students in the Midwest.
For their ‘Intoxication’ special call, Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1,000 for best essay and $500 for runner-up.
Writers-of-color are invited to apply for VONA’s two week-long workshops.
Black Heart accepts previously unpublished works of short fiction, with a word count of 2,500 or less.
Austin’s Big Medium seeks artists and exhibitors for WEST, an art event spanning two weekends in May.
The Berton House Writers’ Retreat is open to professional Canadian writers.
The Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award from NYU is a grant of $12,500 to support a promising early-career nonfiction writer on a story that uncovers truths about the human condition.
Gathering Storm Magazine is accepting writing based on four themes, including ‘The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall.’
Fiction International seeks fiction, nonfiction, and indeterminate prose texts, as well as visuals, which address the theme of ‘World in Pain.’
An extension of Gold Wake PressGold Wake Live is interested in all genres, and will be happy to consider whatever you think they might like.
Gertrude holds the distinction of being the longest consecutively published queer journal. Now accepting prose, poetry, and art.
Applications are open: Submittable’s second annual Eliza So Fellowship for books-in-progress by immigrant & Montana Indigenous writers.
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.
The 2018 Yeats Poetry Prize from the Yeats Society will be judged by Leslie McGrath.
The Orange County Arts Council Community Arts Grants are designed to encourage new and more abundant arts and culture opportunities in Orange County.
The Greensboro Review is currently seeking poetry and fiction.
For its ‘Unity’ call, Pilgrimage seeks writing that brings us together, that speaks of healing, that continues to call for resistance.
Radiant Health seeks creative, driven, and engaged interns passionate about health, media, and Africa.
Submittable is seeking Project Management and Technical fellows.

What We’re Reading:

Promotions & Content Manager Rachel Mindell is reading The White Castleby Orhan Pamuk.
I loved Snow, by Orhan Pamuk–this novel is great so far also. It’s framed as a story within a story, supposedly the transcribed text of a 17th century book found ‘at the bottom of a dusty chest’ in Turkish government archives, handwritten in calligraphy with marbled blue binding. The lucky finder’s fascination with the origins of this text set us up perfectly for the main character and his mysterious look-alike’s dueling obsessions with history, magic, and storytelling (not to mention each other). Really captivating!

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: