Submishmash Weekly: ‘How to Become an Author by Writing’


Publishing & Journalism:

‘There are no bad buttons. There are only bad people’ (Small Thing Big Idea).
Food as language as graphic narrative, by Shing Yin Khor (Catapult).
‘A kraken has escaped from my apartment. It was carrying seven print-on-demand copies of my books in each of its tentacles’ (McSweeney’s).
Jill Soloway to lead TOPPLE Books for Amazon (The Verge).
The Educación mural in San Antonio (Atlas Obscura).
‘Why I started The TRiiBE, a digital media platform that is helping reshape the narrative of Black Chicago (Poynter).’
review of Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs That Changed Our Minds (New York Times).
Verse from the Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop (WAMU).
Egad! A novelist in praise of poetry (Submittable).

Some Opportunities:

Biketown is seeking art from Portland residents showcasing their neighborhood pride for the Biketown Design Challenge.
Tin House is offering several summer workshop scholarships, including opportunities for previously incarcerated writers, undocumented writers, and writers currently enrolled in, or alumni of, the Institute of American Indian Arts MFA program.
For web featuresNew Orleans Review seeks fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and book reviews.
North Carolina’s Lanier Library is hosting its 10th Annual Sidney Lanier Poetry Competition.
Submittable’s second annual Eliza So Fellowship will support books-in-progress by immigrant & Montana Indigenous writers.
For its 11th annual Miller Audio PrizeThe Missouri Review will award $1,000 in four categories: prose, poetry, humor, and audio documentary.
Best College Essays 2018 is accepting college admissions essays for its annual contest. First place gets $1000, and all finalists will be published.
Fearsome Critters, from The Laurel Review, is seeking young writers (born between the early 80s and the late 90s) with a passion for written and visual art.
Lighthouse Writers Workshop is offering four Fellowships for Emerging Writers that include full tuition for a weeklong Master Workshop at Lit Fest.
The Southeast Review offers two annual contests with cash awards: The Gearhart Poetry Contest and The World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest.
Washington DC’s Hamiltonian Artists encourages artists from around the US who have not had prior gallery representation to apply for its two-year fellowship program.
The Paper Darts Short Fiction Award will be judged by Carmen Maria Machado.
Ponder Review is seeking fiction, flash, creative nonfiction, poetry, short plays, new media, and visual art for Volume 2, Issue 1.
Austin’s Asian American Resource Center offers a quarterly rotating Community Exhibit Program for local artists.
First place for Newfound’s Prose Prize includes publication, a $500 prize, and 25 contributor copies of the winning chapbook.
Colorado Review’s Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction is offered annually. The winner receives a $2,000 honorarium and publication.
The Arts Center of the Capital Region is seeking visual artists in all media for solo exhibitions, small and large group exhibitions, installation possibilities, and more.
Blue Mesa Review accepts previously unpublished work in fiction (up to 6,000 words), nonfiction (up to 6,000 words), poetry (up to 3 poems), and visual art.
The Missoula Writing Collaborative is offering two Missoula-based writing opportunities for adults: an all day workshop and a month-long poetry salon.
The Kennedy Center is accepting Summer Intern applications.

What We’re Reading:

Keriann Strickland from the Marketing Team is reading Helen Macdonald’s memoir, H is for Hawk.
After the unexpected death of her father, Helen throws herself into raising and training a young goshawk. This book won the Samuel Johnson Prize and Costa Book of the Year award, so a quick Google search will produce much better ink and minds dedicated to reviewing it than my own. But Macdonald’s descriptions of loss and birds soar, and I’m finding it to be an achingly lovely story of grief and progress.

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: