Submishmash Weekly: ‘Secured with a small red wax seal’


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Publishing & Creative News

Who was Rick Stein and where is he now? The ultimate obit-mystery (Delaware Online).

Creative instruction and working the construction scar at Rock Creek (Brevity).

‘From 1908 to 1940, the Sears Modern Homes Program offered complete mail-order houses to the would-be homeowner’ (99% Invisible).

How Hila, a graphic novel about an Afghan maternity ward, was brought to life (Doctors Without Borders).

Some book smarts (literally) for professionals (Inc.).

‘Hobbies, let me remind you, are supposed to be something different from work’ (New York Times).

John Vailant on fire: the people, places, and future (The Guardian).

A transcendent audio poetry compilation (On Being).

‘Five odds-defying female artists who travelled from Ninth Street to the Museum of Modern Art and beyond’ (The New Yorker).

Writing airborne, more animation, and a roundup of spooky submission calls (Submittable).

Some Opportunities

The Sea Letter is currently accepting short fiction and poetry for its Winter 2019 issue.

Hawaiʻi Review seeks writing in all genres, as well as audio/visual and performance art in all media, from Black and/or Indigenous writers and artists on the theme of Indigenous & Black Connected Resistance.

Now in its fifth year, the Gomma Photography Grant is tailored to fund photographers, both emerging and established, from around the world.

Metonym is calling for poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, photography, and art about the human experience.

Sonora Review seeks nonfiction and flash prose contest submissions for its Issue 75, with the theme of ‘Desire.’

The 2018 WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook Contest, from Writer’s Relief, awards a $500 cash prize, publication in both print and e-book formats, Amazon distribution, and 25 free print copies.

Awakened Voices seeks to make visible the artistic expression of survivors of sexual violence. Editors are now seeking blog posts.

Lunch Ticket, Antioch University’s Literary Journal, welcomes creative work in every genre.

For its inaugural Fiction PrizeInto the Void seeks short stories of up to 5000 words. First prize is $1,000.

The Drum seeks audio poetry, short fiction, and essays, as well as place-based work for its Dispatches category.

Bread & Beauty is currently accepting flash fiction, short fiction, poetry, nonfiction, memoir, and art for online publication.

Cut Poems from Air, from Atrocious Poets, offers a $500 prize and publication for poems inspired by the work of Gwendolyn Brooks.

Common Field invites proposals from arts organizers and organizations for its 2019 Philadelphia Convening.

Brooklyn’s Smack Mellon has a number of open visual art calls.

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Archives Research Residency provides partial support for costs scholars may incur in order to do research at the Rauschenberg Foundation and its Archives located in Manhattan, New York.

The Half and One Prize, from Ka Ktien Media, seeks to promote the best in Indian and international writing. Open to short stories, short short-stories, narrative nonfiction, and written songs.

Northern California Writers’ Retreat is accepting applications for 2019 retreats.

TINGE Magazine is looking for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that is honest, affecting, and revelatory.

Submittable seeks pitches for content focused on photography.

What We’re Listening To

Album coverA new Submishmash Weekly playlist:

Little Dragon squeeze the last drop out of summer… not your parent’s Swedish disco, The Other Years spill the muddled earth through your stereo, AAR with Milan’s latest lamb to the rave slaughter, and more.

Plus check out our new playlist Soul Glo, featuring choice soul selections!

What We’re Reading

book coverData Science Intern Anna Marbut is reading Dataclysm, by Christian Rudder.

Christian Rudder, co-founder of OkCupid and Harvard graduate in Mathematics, provides insight into human behavior based on statistical analysis of data from OkCupid and other dating/social media sites. While the results of his analyses are interesting and often quite poignant, I’ve especially been impressed by how clearly he explains the analyses themselves, easily taking the reader through the methods one step at a time. As a data-professional, this level of clarity is something I will aspire to from hereon.

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: