Submishmash Weekly: ‘Shared words have power’


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Publishing & Creative News

The benefits of reading aloud continue (Mind/Shift).

‘Traditional Shekhinah is imagined in terms of what trans activists call the gender binary’ (Poetry Foundation).

One raptor in Marie Kondo’s wake (Jezebel).

‘That really is my ambition: how to have a conversation so that the space can hold discomfort’ (On Being).

An efficacious challenge: The Portland Press Herald stands up to Stephen King (New York Times).

Leslie Jamison on her forthcoming essay collection (Entertainment Weekly h/t Book Forum).

We are the interface, arteries between the messy humanity of the students… and the clipped efficiency of the district’ (American Scholar).

Great apps for artists and their fans (Artsy).

Film, video, animation, screenwriting, and script opportunities for January and February (Submittable).

Some Opportunities

Submittable’s 2019 Eliza So Fellowship for Immigrant and Native American writers is open for applications.

The Common magazine invites participants to Weekly Writes, a 10-week online writing program designed to help writers create place-based fiction and nonfiction.

Rockland Woods offers a summer residency for artists with children.

The Critical Feedback Program at Trestle Gallery offers artists a discounted NYC studio space, peer support, critique groups, and more.

The Ghost Story seeks flash fiction on a supernatural theme for The Screw Turn Flash Fiction Competition.

Lunch Ticket’s ‘Amuse-Bouche: Spotlight‘ showcases one writer every other week and welcomes submissions in creative nonfiction, fiction, flash prose, poetry, literary translation, and young adult (13+).

The DavenTree Ekphrastic Writing Challenge from KYSO Flash is open to flash-length works of all types: fiction, nonfiction, prose poems, and poetic hybrids.

Masters Review will award $3000, publication, and agency review to the winner of its Winter Short Story Award.

For its upcoming ‘Dissident’ issueBread and Beauty is on the lookout for stories and poetry with a social or political theme.

Sport Literate seeks poetry and creative nonfiction for its Fight Contest.

Applications are now being accepted from reporters interested in becoming a Report for America corps member in 2019.

Barzakh Magazinea multi-genre journal with an internationalist stance, seeks fiction, poetry, criticism, personal essays, translations, drawings, and photographs.

The Life Writing Prize from Spread the Word is open to emerging writers from across the UK.

The Blue Mountain Center is accepting residency applications from writers, visual artists, activists, composers, and film/video artists.

The First Pages Prize from Stockholm Writers Festival is designed to support emerging, unagented prose writers.

Washington Square Review seeks poetry, fiction, and translations.

For its Phantom Flash contestThe Molotov Cocktail seeks fantastic, otherworldly, and uncanny flash fiction, from paranormal to surrealist to magic realism.

Glass Mountain is accepting poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for its Poetry and Prose Spring Contest.

For its ‘Body’ themed callFiction International welcomes fiction, nonfiction, and indeterminate prose texts of up to 5,500 words, as well as visuals.

Vestal Review seeks an Assistant Social Media Coordinator.

Submittable is seeking applicants for eleven open positions, including Director of Finance and Childcare Center Director.

What We’re Listening To

The Submishmash Weekly playlist is updated every week:

The beautiful buzzing of Micachu, Angelo De Augustine’s hushed judgments, Gary Burton with music to lose your money to, and more.

Don’t miss our ‘2018 Year in Music’ playlist. This is not a ‘best of’ list, rather a reflection of the year’s art of sound. And follow us on Spotify for great tracks year-round.

What We’re Reading

book coverMarketing Coordinator Anna Zumbahlen read The Daughters, by Adrienne Celt:

The Daughters opens with a Vasko Popa poem about containment and love, which sets the tone for the novel’s thinking about motherhood. Lulu’s voice, body, history, and relationship with time are all called into question with the birth of her daughter, and the slow reveal of the mythology at play is arresting. (Celt also writes a beautiful weekly comic/musing at Love Among the Lampreys.)