Submishmash Weekly: ‘Restorative beheaded gingerbread men’


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Publishing & Creative News

Weird garbage and other (better) gift ideas (Broadly).

Jennifer Egan: ‘Literature is an antidote to the blunt distortions—good vs. evil, us vs. them—that are so easily exploited by those who would manipulate us’ (TIME).

Four editors talk submission strategy (Southeast Review).

Great documentaries for the book lover’s holiday break (Book Riot).

Charles Barkley’s unlikely pal (WBUR).

The fantastical taxidermy of Dr. Suess (Futility Closet).

‘Genuine differences…make life on campus hard for rural students’ (NPR).

52 written accounts of 2018 in books (The Millions).

Sugar-dusted prompts, tips for anthologizing, and an epic submitting journey(Submittable).

Some Opportunities

The New Rivers Press Many Voices Project will award publication and $1,000 each to book-length manuscripts by emerging writers, one in poetry and one in prose.

Magnum Foundation’s fellowship offers mentorship and stipends to early-career practitioners who are at a critical moment in their development as photographers.

Poets are invited to submit three original poems on any topic or genre to the Nâzım Hikmet Poetry Festival’s 11th annual Poetry Prize.

The Acentos Review, a journal committed to publishing the work of Latinx artists and writers, seeks work for its POP! Culture Issue, edited by Suzi F. Garcia.

Authors and designers are invited to send work for possible publication in the sixth issue of Dialectic, a biannual journal from AIGA devoted to design education, research, and inquiry.

The Frost Place is accepting entries for its chapbook competition and residency program.

The 2018 Crosswinds Poetry Contest, with $1,350 in prizes, will be judged by Tina Crane.

The Black Doctoral Network Western Regional Conference Committee requests abstract submissions for the 2019 conference themed “Empowering Youth of Color Through Culturally Responsive Education.”

SHANTIH Journal seeks poetry, prose, flash, drama, art, and more for Issue 3.2.

The Monadnock Essay Collection Prize from Bauhan Publishing will be awarded for a book-length collection (120-160 pages) of nonfiction essays.

The Leah Ryan Fund for Emerging Women Writers seeks entries for its 2019 Playwriting Prize.

For its first annual Editors’ Prize, Columbia College Literary Review seeks fiction and creative nonfiction.

O+ Festival is seeking artists, musicians, clinical providers, educators and volunteers for its North Adams event in 2019.

The Steinbeck Fellows program at San Jose State University provides one-year $15,000 fellowships to help writers complete a book project. Up to six Steinbeck Fellows are selected each year.

The North Street Collective’s Resident Artist Program in Mendocino County provides exceptional artists with time, space, and inspiration to explore ideas and produce work.

Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair is accepting late applications for its 2019 event.

Glimmer Train seeks short stories for its Family Matters contest.

For its second special edition, ‘Vox II: American Identities,’ Rock & Sling is seeking art, nonfiction, fiction, and poetry.

The Tupelo Press Dorset Prize, judged by Mary Jo Bang, awards $3,000 cash prize, a week-long residency at MASS MoCA, publication, and more.

Submittable is hiring for a number of professional opportunities.

What We’re Listening To

The Submishmash Weekly playlist is updated every week:

Fantastic French noise from Bryan’s Magic Tears, new age Wu-Tang from CZARFACE and Ghost, the romaine is poisoned by The Alchemist, and more.

Be sure to follow Submittable on Spotify for more great music.

When We’ll See You Next

Submishmash Weekly will be away for the holiday next week—we’ll look forward to ringing in the new year with you beginning January 1, 2019.

From everyone at Submittable, our very best to you and yours!

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: