Submishmash Weekly: ‘Nerdy Insurgents’


Publishing & Journalism:

Multi-sensory graphic design for maximum impact (AIGA Eye on Design).
Alexander Chee: ‘I think fiction is the thing you invent to fit the shape of what you learned and nonfiction is the thing you invent to fit the shape of what you found’ (Poets & Writers).
The latest edition of ‘The Internet Apologizes’ with VR trailblazer Jaron Lanier (select/all).
‘Hampl wonders about what we miss when we no longer allow ourselves to simply get lost in thought’ (NPR).
Read the words, the lines, aloud, again: reading poems like a professor (The Guardian).
Word-worth, literally (Medium).
‘You can tell the need for art, for beauty, is central to all communities, no matter how makeshift, just by looking around the camp’ (Lenny).
From ABBA onward: music impacts memory (PRI).
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Some Opportunities:

For its Chapbook ContestPalooka Press seeks (roughly) 35-50 pages of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, plays, graphic narrative, or a mix of genres.
The Passed Note is hosting its first art contest. The winner will receive $200 and featured publication.
The Blue Lynx Prize from Lynx House Press will award $2,000 and publication for a full-length collection of poems.
Ragdale annually hosts nearly 200 visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists at all stages of their careers for 18-25 day residencies.
Dayton Society of Artists is pleased to announce its first Open Call.Three artists will be selected, each artist will be assigned one of the DSA three gallery rooms for their own solo exhibition.
The fifth annual VQR Writers’ Conference for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry will take place July 30-August 4, 2018, at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
The Writer seeks 2,000-word fictional short stories using any nuance, definition, or understanding of the word ‘change.’
The ALTA Emerging Translator Mentorship Program is designed to facilitate and establish a close working relationship between an experienced translator and an emerging translator.
Spider Road Press seeks flash fiction featuring a complex, female-identifying protagonist by writers of all genders for its annual contest.
For its Summer 2018 issueFree State Review is seeking fresh strange music, affluent language, and brave new thought in poetry, prose, and video projects.
The Georgia Review is accepting fiction, poetry, and essays, as well as submissions for the 2018 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize.
Quarterly West seeks applications for the position of Fiction Reader.
Dance Film Lab from Dance Films Association is an informal work-in-progress screening centered on discussion; and on May 21st, it will be moderated by actor and filmmaker Erin Roy.
Paper Nautilus is hosting two chapbook contests.
Lanternfish press is seeking book-length fiction (novels, novellas and short hybrid works) and creative nonfiction titles that focus on cross-cultural perspectives.
The Relentless Award from The American Playwriting Foundation is the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play.
Don Share, Nicole Sealey, and Matthew Zapruder will collaborate to choose one winning poem, and two runner-ups for Frontier Poetry’s Industry Prize.
The Jerome Foundation is hosting a new Artist Fellowship program that offers flexible, two-year grants to support the creative development of early-career generative artists in the state of Minnesota and the five boroughs of New York City.
The Kennedy Center Internship Program is a holistic and rigorous professional development program designed to elevate the next generation of leaders in the arts, cultural, and non-profit fields.
Find Submittable professional opportunities here.

What We’re Listening To:

This week’s Submishmash Weekly Spotify playlist contains a new song from The Essex Green, ‘Sloane Ranger,’ off of their upcoming album, ‘Hardly Electronic.’ The album will be released June 29th on Merge Records, and is their first album since 2006’s ‘Cannibal Sea.’ Customer Experience Team member Sasha Bell is one of the band’s cofounders.

What We’re Reading:

Marketing Coordinator Grace Hulderman is reading Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed.
I’m a bit late to the party on this one, but so grateful I finally got around to reading ‘Wild.’ Reeling from the death of her mother, a broken marriage, and a heap of other heartaches, Cheryl Strayed sets out to hike the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) on her own. This is an honest and insightful story about love, loss, and how we wrestle with pain. Strayed shares her story with humor, sincerity, and courage — a great read and an even more inspiring journey.

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: