Submishmash Weekly: ‘Happy little trees’


Publishing & Journalism:

The happy pedagogy of Bob Ross (Artsy).
Next-level commuting: ditch that bicycle and ice skate to work (BBC).
Writing groups vs. solitary genius, the myth (Brevity).
‘Everything we teach should be different from machines’ (World Economic Forum).
Hermione Hoby on Zadie Smith’s new essay collection (New Republic).
Alexander Chee writes about Adam Rippon, ‘unabashedly nelly, effeminate, bawdy, and obviously gay in a way we’ve been asked to cover up’ (them).
Olympic designer Mathieu Caron shines (CBC).
The strange, surprising influence of The Sovereign Individual (The Guardian).
Archival honesty: the NYC writer’s dream, ‘acting like a rich person when you’re becoming increasingly poor’ (New Yorker).
Blog-centric denial, new prompts, film festival tips, and writing by prisoners (Submittable).

Some Opportunities:

The AT&T Film Awards—offering $60,000 in cash prizes—seek short films made by emerging filmmakers.
Submittable’s second annual Eliza So Fellowship will support books-in-progress by immigrant & Montana Indigenous writers.
The Biketown Design Challenge is seeking artwork from any Portland resident.
Bring your poetry or prose book from desk to marketplace in NYC. The Writer’s Hotel is a hybrid writers conference with a pre-conference manuscript reading and phone consultation.
Cahoodaloodaling seeks lyric essays from an array of discourses, styles, mythology, and influence.
College of Western Idaho’s literary magazineStonecrop, publishes fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and art, and also hosts the annual Storyfort Micro Fiction Contest.
Halcyone is reviewing poetry, art, and short stories, as well as full-manuscripts for Black Mountain Press.
Applications are open for the The Millay Colony’s artists residency program in Upstate New York.
Martha’s Table is seeking work from artists in D.C. for its ‘Art That Inspires’ collection.
The winner of the Airlie Prize for poetry from Airlie Press will receive $1000 and publication.
The University of Arizona Poetry Center’s 2018 Summer Residency Contest will be judged by Ocean Vuong.
DASH Literary Journal seeks previously unpublished, short emphatic works: poems (less than 30 lines), and stories, hybrids, and essays (up to 1500 words).
Very short poems sought by Right Hand Pointing.
The Galveston Artist Residency will be awarding three, 11-month residency grants to visual artists in 2018.
The Idaho Review considers polished short stories and poetry for annual publication.
The New York Art Residency and Studios (NARS) Foundation is accepting residency applications and exhibition proposals.
Joyland Magazine seeks entries for its 2018 Open Border Fiction Prize, to be judged by Rachel Khong.
Knight Foundation’s Prototype Fund celebrates diverse approaches and perspectives on the use of technology to connect people to the arts.
The 2018 Writing Contest from the Women’s National Book Association will award cash prizes for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and YA fiction.
The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop, Inc. seeks interns for its editing & communications team.

What We’re Reading:

Caitlin Stainken from the Sales Team just finished the final book of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels. 
They were so good. As exciting as Harry Potter, as beautifully written as Pride and Prejudice, as nasty as Tropic of Cancer, as devastating as Trump’s election (I’m not sorry). And they deal heavily with female friendship and the female experience in a way that feels especially relevant right now.

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: