Submishmash Weekly: ‘Shockwaves and twisting bursts of energy’


Publishing & Creative News

Writing about motherhood and about children is a radical act’ (Literary Hub).

Spending time with Young Chicago Authors (Bittersweet).

The find-a-fiction-book flowchart (Book Riot).

‘When he starts a collage, he has no set plan’ (Dangerous Minds).

An interview with Nomi Stone, anthropologist and poet (BOMB).’

‘Real freedom, after all, means the ability to spend your time as you see fit—to write, to think, to paint, to sculpt, or to do nothing in particular’ (Jacobin).

How Danielle Steele does it (Glamour c/o TMN).

‘Kunz would pose questions to her divining pendulum and, having traced its swings, stutters and swerves, would construct’ (Frieze).

Access philosophy in the digital public space (Open Culture).

‘The more narrowly you can define a genre, the easier it is to figure out the rules of that genre’ (Submittable).

Some Opportunities

One poem of any length or form will be chosen by guest judge Oliver de la Paz to win a $1500 prize for the River Styx International Poetry Contest.

Atmosphere Press, a collaborative publisher, is accepting full-length manuscripts in all genres.

Dead Mulean online journal publishing monthly, seeks fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, essays, and memoirs.

The Gifts of Art Program, through Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan, is seeking solo and group art exhibits for the September 2019 to August 2020 exhibition year.

Sunspot Literary Journal seeks fiction, nonfiction, scripts, poetry, and art that illuminates the power inherent in all human beings. Micro prose and long-form works welcome.

NBCUniversal Talent Infusion Programs seeks applicants for Writers on the Verge, a program focused on preparing emerging writers to work on television series.

The annual Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize awards $1000 for an outstanding book collection conceived and built by a US woman, aged 30 or younger.

The Common seeks stories, essays, poems, and dispatches with a modern sense of place.

Lynx House Press seeks full-length poetry manuscripts for its annual Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry.

In partnership with Third Coast International Audio Festival, AIR will offer 15 New Voices Scholarships, funding travel and attendance to the annual Third Coast Conference in Chicago.

WriterAdvice seeks flash fiction of 750 words or less.

Flying Ketchup Press is seeking poems in English, Spanish, and French for ‘The Very Edge.’

ENOUGH is a Rumpus series devoted to work by women and non-binary people that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence.

Tiferet is hosting a multi-genre writing competition for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. One winner in each category will receive $500 each.

Interchange grants will be awarded to sixteen artists with an active socially-engaged creative practice in the Mid-America Arts Alliance region.

For its fall residency programMesa Refuge is accepting applications from writers, filmmakers, audio journalists, and other creatives.

Nightboat Books seeks work for an anthology of Radical Trans Poetics.

The Sublingua Prize for Poetry from Inverted Syntax will be judged by Dorothea Lasky and award a $1,000 prize.

AT&T SHAPE is a two-day event at Warner Bros. Studios on June 22-23 centered around the future of entertainment and filmmaking. Registration is free with code SHAPEMITTABLE.

Latino Public Broadcasting is accepting applications for two production grants.

Hugo House has a number of job openings.

Find new professional opportunities with Submittable in marketing and early childhood education.

What We’re Listening To

New Submishmash Weekly playlist:

Slinking around the murkiest corners of the club with Kelly Lee Owens, Jamila Woods demonstrates the power of assertion, combustible synths surround Skepta’s inimitable flow, and more.

Our new playlist, 2019 Selections, offering standout tracks from this year, updated in real time.

What We’re Reading

book coverMarketing Services Coordinator Anna Zumbahlen read Hear Trains, by Caroline Knox.

I recently had the realization that most days, I spend at least ten hours with my eyes on a screen. This doesn’t feel so dire when it’s winter in Montana, but when the days get longer and the hills turn green, it’s hard not to be aware of it as seasonally inappropriate behavior. Caroline Knox’s latest collection is a buzzing antidote for that kind of technology fatigue. These poems are sonically rich, concerned with wildflowers and weeds, corporate power structures and fields and osso buco, blogs, blobs, and the sea. Knox stretches etymology, interrogates the impulse to render experience an allegory, and considers the nature of syntax and connection with startling clarity: ‘We heard / one another exactly.’