Submishmash Weekly: ‘Past where your headlights work’


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Publishing & Creative News

“How refreshing it was to be someone else for 10 minutes” (KQED).

Books aren’t dead and they’re not gonna die, all right (Esquire)? 

Indigenous-centered cinema for better binge-watching (High Country News).

“The enormity of the loss to the whole fabric of human existence” (Yes!).

When musical inspiration strikes, literally (Vice).

“An eight-hour livestreaming event that will bring together Asian artists and leaders from around the world” (Deadline).

Using the Dungeons & Dragons moral axis for your own writerly good (WNYC).

Let Auntie Laurel take the wheel (Star Advertiser).

For butchness, “once-static portrait falls apart under scrutiny and reflection” (New York Times).

Get the most and best from our Discover feature (Submittable).

Tips for travel writers with no place to go (Submittable).

Some Opportunities

The Centifictionist is a biannual online literary magazine publishing microfiction of 100 words or less. Submissions are open year-round. 

Kasini House’s Art Meets History Initiative and Kolaj Institute are hosting a call for the Pandemic Artist Lab, four weeks of workshops and discussions to develop artwork that speaks to the effect of COVID-19 on society.

The Wisconsin Review publishes both new and established authors of outstanding poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, as well as practitioners of the graphic arts.

The Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund from the International Documentary Association will provide grants totaling $95,000 to be used in the creation of original, independent documentary films focused on criminal justice.

Black Lawrence Press is hosting its twice yearly Black River Chapbook Competition for 16-36 pages of poetry or prose. The press is also offering fiction manuscript critiques with Leigh Camacho Rourks.

For its fourth annual issue, Oyster River Pages seeks fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art that speak to what it means to be alive in this world.

Writer Advice seeks flash fiction of 750 words or less. Contemporary, historical, sci-fi, romantic, dramatic, comic, mysterious, and any other fiction genre welcome. 

Open to women-identified and non-binary artists from the local, national, and international community, Woman Made Gallery is inviting artwork in any media that explores the concept of home for a virtual exhibition.

Tiferet seeks entries for its fiction, nonfiction, and poetry contests.

For its summer issueThe Blue Mountain Review looms is seeking experimental poetry, essays, and micro-fiction.

The Common invites high school-aged writers to apply for its Young Writers Program, taught fully online by the magazine’s editors and editorial assistants with a focus on the short story.

Black Sunflowers Poetry Press is calling for chapbooks, with a focus on poetry from women, especially older women and black poets.

Fusion Art is accepting entries for two online juried competitions: “Lines, Shapes & Objects” and “Still Life.”

The PEN/Heim Translation Fund provides grants to support the translation of book-length works of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or drama.

For its international poetry contest judged by Lee Ann Roripaugh, River Styx will award $1000 to a poem of any length or form.

Cuttyhunk Island Artist’s Residency accepts visual artists working in all mediums with exceptional quality of work. Applications for fall are open now.

Editors at Tammy are considering chapbooks for Series 5.

The Closed Eye Open is an art and literature website focused on a multi-disciplinary approach to consciousness. All forms of visual art and writing accepted.

The New Measure Poetry Prize from Parlor Press will award $1,000 and publication for an original, unpublished manuscript of poems. Up to four other manuscripts may be accepted for publication.

Studio Institute is accepting arts intern applications for six cities.

Submittable is hiring for a Director of Demand Generation to join our Montana-based team.

What We’re Into

still from videoContent Manager Sarah Aswell is listening to “Goddamnit” by Junior.

I have been obsessively listening to this song, leaking a few tears, and repeatedly watching the video—which shows dozens of people and families navigating the pandemic around the country and world. It’s the debut song from a new trio of women out of Missoula, Montana—one plays guitar and banjo, one plays guitar and drums (sometimes at the same time) and one plays the fiddle. They all sing beautifully—and the style is a fresh mix of indie rock, folk, and country. It says, basically, what we’re all thinking: Goddamnit. You can preorder their full album on Bandcamp.

Rachel Mindell

Rachel Mindell is Senior Editor for Submittable's Marketing Team. She also writes and teaches poetry. You can find Rachel's creative work here: