Submishmash Weekly: ‘Set the goalposts in advance’


Publishing & Creative News

Photojournalism highlights from June (Artsy).

Sesame Street: the show’s original intent ‘was to help disadvantaged young children prepare for school’ (Frieze).

Roxane Gay takes on the nemeses, with pleasure (GAY MAG).

‘This computer was made with handmade copper coils, a magnetic bead, and gold and silver conductive thread’ (Fast Company).

Gracious flowers growing with vigor? The dangers of knotweed (Slate).

‘If you’re undisciplined in your attempts to use data for decision-making, your approach is susceptive to cognitive bias’ (Harvard Business Review).

How podcasts are transforming the poetry world (NPR).

Eagerly awaiting the online artist database ‘A Space of Their Own’ (Open Culture).

Nap-writing aka ‘knowing my writing time will end before I’m ready has made me a bolder and more productive writer’ (Literary Hub).

Tips for meaningful photo projects, upcoming film opportunities, and advice for a writing hackathon (Discover).

Some Opportunities

For its Chapbook Contest judged by Vievee Francis, Quarterly West seeks manuscripts of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or any combination or hybridization therein/thereof.

Split this Rock seeks proposals for its 2020 Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness.

Typishly responds to poetry and short stories in one day with a personalized note. Established and emerging writers welcome.

Morgan James is looking to acquire nonfiction titles that educate, encourage, inspire, and entertain.

For its ‘Legacy’-themed Flash 405 contestExposition Review will accept flash fiction, nonfiction, poetry, stage and screen writing, as well as experimental and hybrid work.

RADAR Productions is seeking QTPOC artists for Sister Spit 2020.

From Whispers to Roars seeks fiction, nonfiction, poetry, artwork, and photography for its second print issue.

Frontier’s Industry Prize, judged by Jeff Shotts, Kwame Dawes, and Sarah Gambito, will award $3000 to a single poem.

As part of a $3.5 million funding opportunity focused on PreK-12 teaching, NewSchools seeks bold ideas focused on recruiting, retaining, and supporting diverse educators.

Historical Writers of America is hosting is first annual writing contests for historical nonfiction and short stories.

Armstrong by Daher seeks entries for its innovation competition focused on The General Aviathon aircraft.

For its 2019 summer issueGASHER seeks poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual art.

The PA’I Foundation is accepting applications for its Native Artist Residencies program.

WTAW Press is reviewing full-length manuscripts of unpublished prose.

The second annual Flash Creative Nonfiction Contest from Atticus Review will be judged by Ira Sukrungruang.

Main Street Rag has a number of open opportunities for writers.

Pillars awards grants to nonprofit organizations working in or closely alongside Muslim communities in the United States.

Cagibi seeks fiction, nonfiction, postcards, poetry, and interviews for quarterly digital publication.

Proposals from Bronx-based teaching artists in all fields and disciplines sought by Bronx Council on the Arts to create programming and workshops for local youth ages 14-25.

Submittable has 23 professional openings in marketing, sales, administration, development, product, HR, accounting, and childcare.

What We’re Listening To

album coverThe Submishmash Weekly playlist is updated every week:

Freddie Gibbs ascends in Madlib’s spazzing laboratory, Thom Yorke buffing the schizoid sheen of the finite, the fretting fantasy of regret from Frankie Cosmos, and more.

And don’t miss our newest playlist, 2019 Selections.

What We’re Reading

book coverAccount Manager Jared Smith is reading Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey.

I’m still early in this book, but so far the detailed descriptions of the desert conjure vibrant images of the rough and vapid landscape and its inhabitants. The author was a caretaker of many sections of Arches National Park in the ’70s. Living in a trailer during the summer in the middle of a primitively underdeveloped swath of land in southeastern Utah was beyond roughing it. The National Parks system was pretty much untouched at the time and required effort to get around as a visitor. Plans by the government to make the Parks more accessible to the average visitor by paving roads land heavy with the author. While I know where that debate ended up, I’m looking forward to learning more about life in ’70s Moab.