Submishmash Weekly: ‘Invent your own phobia’


Publishing & Journalism:

Joining forces with wordsmithing robots to up the fear factor (FastCoDesign).
Scary writing prompts, hiding here and here and here (Word Weaver Press, LetterPile, Bryn Donovan).
‘While on a break from carving his daily pumpkin quota (four artificial gourds in total)…’ (SFGATE).
The disjointed iconography of vintage Halloween cards (Hyperallergic).
For love of witches: ‘Back at the pool, we begin the ritual by closing our eyes…’ (The Walrus).
More witches, and other considerations re. Halloween ethics (Wear Your Voice).
Archive experts talk Harriet Beecher Stowe, George Eliot, and the ghost of Charlotte Brontë (Lenny).
No words: knife angel (Atlas Obsura).
And through this door, rejection horror ala blog (Submittable).

Some Opportunities:

The AT&T Film Awards seek films made in Spanish by college students.
Creative Nonfiction has several current submission calls. They’re also running a Kickstarter campaign for True Story, a portable, shareable, longform narrative nonfiction mini-mag.
For its ‘Let Down Your Hair’ contest,’ judged by Amber Dawn, EVENT magazine is calling for speculative writing in any genre.
Tishman Review’s 2018 Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize will be judged by Major Jackson.
The Space and Time Artist Residency (STAR) Program, through Guttenburg Arts, seeks to support artists at all levels.
The So to Speak blog invites writers and artists to submit work in response to the #MeToo social media campaign, and the subsequent #HimThough campaign.
MvVO ART’s AD ART SHOW will celebrate a new generation of contemporary artists from advertising.
Muse/A Journal seeks art, poetry, and lyric essays for its next print issue.
The Max Afford Playwrights’ Award, administered by Playwriting Australia, will offer $30,000 to a playwright between the ages of 18 and 40.
Hayden’s Ferry Review would like to feature a graphic narrative in its next issue.
For its Fall 2017 EditionTemenos is calling for poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, art, and photography.
Smack Mellon is accepting applicants for its Artist Studio Program.
Up North Lit’s Poetry Prize is open to writers from, or writing about, the Upper Midwest.
The Palladio Awards, administered by The Traditional Building Conference Series, honor outstanding achievement in traditional design.
StoryQuarterly is interested in literary fiction, including short stories, short shorts, and novel excerpts up to 6,250 words in length, and also creative nonfiction.
The Drama League is currently considering applicants to four residencies.
The Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture from Maine Media recognizes excellence in a new generation of photographers with a $20,000 award.
Bay Area visual artists are invited to submit moving image work for consideration in the 26th Annual Call for New Work at Southern Exposure.
The winner of the Literary Death Match 250-Word Bookmark Contest judged by Roxane Gay will receive $1,000.
Internship applications currently being accepted by MilkweedThe Kennedy Center, and Boston Review.
Find Submittable employment opportunities here.

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: