Submishmash Weekly: ‘Pushing the envelope and getting on the edge’


Publishing & Journalism:

Hermione Hoby considers acoustics, music, and writing practice (Catapult).
Making the definitive drug book: ‘For a designer, organizing such a vast and dizzying array… must be both a treat and a total nightmare’ (Eye on Design).
Meet Hobart: 500 residents divided by five bookstores equals book village (Atlas Obscura).
Digitizing quilts and the histories that accompany them (Hyperallergic).
‘A Hilarious Book by a Comedian Which Is Notable Because Most Comedian Books Are Neither Good Nor Funny,’ and other Roxane Gay reads from 2017 (Roxane Gay’s tumblr).
Dressing in seven minutes (with two helpers) during the 18th century (tmn).
Hala Alyan: An interview with excerpts ([PANK]).
‘For Henry Holt and its parent company Macmillan, these screw-ups are small beer’: fiery jabs at the publisher of Fire and Fury (New Republic). 
The International Women’s Media Foundation is hard at work (Submittable).

Some Opportunities:

For Laurel Review’s upcoming spring issue, editors are especially interested in writing that focuses on refugees, immigration, and the Hispanic and Latinx experience.
The UK’s Retreat West is hosting a First Chapter Contest.
Lumina seeks speculative pieces of 3,000 words or less for its Speculative Fiction Contest.
Artist Sarah E. Brook is hosting a call for self-identified queer poets to display work on a Public Art sculpture in Riverside Park, Manhattan, NY.
Passporte Salon seeks photographs that incorporate food-themes.
For over 30 years, Arc has been pub­lish­ing con­tem­po­rary poetry by emerg­ing and estab­lished poets.
Ortega y Gasset Projects is hosting an Open Call for two solo exhibitions. Visual artists of all disciplines (and geographical locations) are encouraged to apply.
For its residency program on a remote island in Lake Superior, Rabbit Island seeks ambitious artists from any discipline.
Lake Forest College invites fiction writers under forty years old with no major book publication to apply for the Madeleine P. Plonsker Prize.
New Geographies is an Arts Council England funded project to create a new map of the East of England based on personal thoughts, reflections, and stories of unexplored or over-looked places—open to international artists.
Meridian is awarding Editors Prizes for poetry and fiction.
Dialectic invites submissions from designers or teams of designers that are comprised primarily or solely of imagery, typographic structures, “type-as-image,” or some combination of these.
Published annually in Lawrence, Kansas, Beecher’s Magazine seeks the best in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry from both emerging and established authors.
NYFA awards artist fellowships in the following categories: Folk/Traditional Arts, Video/Film, Interdisciplinary Work, Painting, and Fiction.
5×5 is an online literary journal seeking nonfiction of 500 words or less.
UPPERCASE seeks creative projects inspired by the printing process and/or CMYK.
Booth seeks poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comics, lists. Especially the last three. Editors want more of those for their bi-annual print magazine.
The Atlantic Center for the Arts is accepting applications for its next residency with Tracie Morris, Matt Madden, and Laura Schwendinger.
Philadelphia’s Fleisher Art Memorial, the nation’s oldest tuition-free community art school, seeks an Exhibition Assistant.
Come work with us in Missoula. Find professional opportunities from Submittable here.

What We’re Reading:

Submittable CEO and co-founder Michael FitzGerald recently read After Kathy Acker: A Biography, by Chris Kraus.
This book was super engaging. In addition to exploring Acker’s life (she lived as if writing, reading, sex, going to the gym, and fame were all that mattered), it also serves as a profile of the New York ’70s art and literature scene. Acker wrote, maybe compulsively, about her real-life relationships. Repurposing correspondences and naming names. Kraus, by extension, does the same. She also points out that Acker’s process would not fly within the mores of today’s literary culture (see HTMLGIANT discussion of Janey Smith/Steven Trull’s attempts at art).

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: