Submishmash Weekly: ‘People of the cloud’


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Publishing & Creative News

‘I had been trying to get published for almost 10 years and hadn’t even managed to place a short story yet’ (The Millions).

Sustainable fashion made of discarded pineapple leaves and mushrooms (BBC).

The search is imperfect and frustrating and owes you nothing’ (Catapult).

An unlikely ally in Marcus Aurelius (LitHub).

‘Twitter has become the document of civilization in the digital age’ (BLARB).

Who would I be without Instagram? (The Cut).

‘Increasingly, people of the book are also people of the cloud’ (The Paris Review).

On being an adult looking for an adultier adult (Man Repeller).

Thanks to Berkson, I learnt to jettison my philosophical concerns. And this was permanently liberating’ (Hyperallergic). and its independent, arthouse, documentary, and social issue films (Submittable).

Some Opportunities

Regal House Publishing is reading manuscripts for its Acheven Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction.

Salt Hill Journal is interested in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that shines, that represents a broad spectrum of experience, and that makes us feel new in exciting ways.

Chestnut Review is reviewing poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, art, and photography for its Winter Issue.

The Kooshk Artist Residency Award will provide a dynamic and distinctive situation for international artists to work and exchange ideas with local artists, critics, and researchers in Tehran.

Qwerty Magazine seeks poetry, prose, and visual art for its 40th issue.

The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award is open to short stories incorporating a supernatural or magical realism theme or element.

The Lascaux Review is reading memoirs, chronicles, personal essays, humorous perspectives, and literary journalism for the Lascaux Prize in Creative Nonfiction.

Fire and Water: Stories from the Anthropocene seeks short, literary fiction from writers with diverse perspectives and artistic approaches that explore how the climate crisis affects the world today.

Dzanc Books seeks innovative, daring, and original works of literary fiction for its three annual contests: the Prize for Fiction (novels over 40,000 words), the Short Story Collection Prize (collections, no word cap), and the Novella Prize (works up to 40,000 words).

Atmosphere Press, an author-friendly book publisher, is reading full-length manuscripts in all genres.

Palooka, an international literary magazine, is open to diverse forms and styles and is always seeking unique chapbooks, fiction, poetry, nonfiction, artwork, photography, graphic narratives, and comic strips.

A Hotel Room of One’s Own provides private, uninterrupted time for two writers to dive into their comedy projects without restrictions or responsibilities.

Ruminate seeks short nonfiction in 300 words or fewer that tells your honest experiences in rich image and detail on the topic of “Shelter.”

Mizna and Soo Visual Arts Center invite early career, US-based artists from the Southwest Asian and North African (SWANA) region or of SWANA descent to submit artworks for a juried exhibition titled Let There Be Spaces in Your Togetherness.

The Crossing is reading nonfiction and poetry for its first issue and online features.

Coffin Bell is a quarterly online journal of dark literature seeking poetry, flash fiction, short stories, creative nonfiction, essay, and short criticism that explore dark themes.

Solstice welcomes experimental or traditional pieces of fiction, nonfiction or poetry, and also photography.

The Pearl River Quarterly seeks poems, articles, art, and short stories for its inaugural issue.

The Susquehanna Review is interested in undergraduate writing with fresh language, complexity, strong character development, emotional resonance, and momentum.

Chaleur Magazine seeks work that applies pressure to our weak spots, work that opposes, work that makes us sweat, work that makes us seek shade that will never come.

Submittable is hiring. Explore opportunities in Missoula, Montana.

What We’re Listening To

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The Submishmash Weekly Playlist is updated every Tuesday:

JPEGMAFIA becoming a supernova, FKA Twigs and Future being baptized in promethazine, DJ Firmeza lighting Lisbon on fire, and more.

Follow Submittable on Spotify for all the jams and an extra special ongoing 2019 collection.

What We’re Reading

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Head of People Asta So recently read Rachel Khong’s Goodbye, Vitamin.

It was a quick, fun, touching read about a 30-year-old woman named Ruth who moves back in with her parents after her fiancé breaks up with her and her dad, a history professor, is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Ruth deals with both the heartbreak of her breakup and of her dad’s diagnosis with a wry, sardonic sense of humor that eases up as the novel progresses. I particularly loved reading the notes that Ruth’s dad wrote to her when Ruth was a child; throughout the novel we get snippets of these that her dad shows to her: “Today I had to stop by the post office, and you looked around and said, aghast, ‘This is errands?’…Today you were so readily impressed by me.” I only wished the novel were longer.