Submishmash Weekly: ‘The __________ have wonderful powers’


Publishing & Journalism:

‘Multiple dimensions and eye-boggling optics’ (Colossal).
Trying (and failing) at famous writers’ routines (Vice).
The ‘lituation’: tracking hot new words via hubs (BBC).
‘The fantasy elements reflect Mexican attitudes about life, death, mysticism, and the supernatural’ (Dangerous Minds).
A day for so very much Thomas Pynchon (Biblioklept).
‘When I fast from sunrise to sunset, I marvel at the sheer absurdity of what I regularly perceive as hunger’ (Catapult).
Prompts from Oz (Writer’s Digest).
‘What is a Facebook status but a journal entry’ (UA Poetry Center)?
Filmmaking lessons from Scary Cows (Submittable).

Some Opportunities:

For its annual contest, Bacopa Literary Review seeks short stories, creative nonfiction, poetry, and prose poetry.
Writer Advice seeks flash fiction of 750 words or less for its contest.
AIRIE invites visual artists, scholars, composers and writers to apply for month-long residencies in Everglades National Park.
KERNPUNKT Press is a home for experimental writing. Editors are currently reading for literary, historical, and science fiction manuscripts. Novellas welcomed!
Black Coffee & Vinyl invites artists, photographers, writers, scientists, travelers, and musicians to send work exploring ice-related themes.
The Midwest Chapbook Contest from Greentower Press, publisher of The Laurel Review, is open to poets residing both inside and outside of the U.S.
The Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize is open to women book collectors in the US, aged 30 or younger.
AT&T SHAPE is offering Submittable’s creative community free registration to attend their event at Warner Bros. Studios this June. Just enter SHAPEMITTABLE at the end of the registration process.
This 2nd Annual Howard Frank Mosher First Novel and Short Story Prize from Green Writers Press recognizes writing about Vermont and/or the themes that resonate well with Howard’s work.
Burningword Literary Journal is a quarterly publication focusing on emerging and established writers of poetry, short nonfiction, short fiction, photography, and digital art.
Flock’s next fall theme issue will be ‘VANISHING POINT.’ Editors are open for artwork and Haiku Reviews year-round.
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is accepting nonfiction features and essays, poetry, and work for its next Transpacific Literary Project folio, ‘Plastic.’
Hurston/Wright Foundation’s Summer Writers Workshop for black writers includes intensive workshop sessions and master classes.
The winner of the Halifax Ranch Fiction Prize, judged by ZZ Packer, will receive $2,500 and publication in an upcoming issue of American Short Fiction.
The 40th Street Artist-in-Residence Program awards West Philadelphia artists one year of free studio space.
The 2019 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for a collection of short fiction carries a cash award of $15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press under its standard contract.
Two artists will win $5,000 each, and concurrent solo exhibitions in 2019 at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, as part of the Contemporary Photography Competition.
The Cupboard Pamphlet seeks prose manuscripts between 5,000 and 10,000 words for its Annual Contest.
SLICE magazine welcomes short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
Writers on the Verge from NBCUniversal focuses on polishing writers and readying them for staff writer positions on a television series.
The Downtown Brooklyn Arts Management Fellowship Program from BRIC is a paid 6-month opportunity for young people to gain experience and skills in arts management.

What We’re Listening To:

Have you heard? The Submishmash Weekly playlist on Spotify gets updated each and every Tuesday.

Check out this week’s selections: Examining urban decay with Solemn Brigham & L’Orange as Marlowe, funked-up, lo-fi house from Delroy Edwards, a grizzly slaying a deer by Daniel Rossen, and more.

What We’re Reading:

Brady Meltzer, VP of Sales, is reading The Dark Tower series by Stephen King:
Stephen King is really best known for his horror works, especially those written in the 1970’s. That said, ‘The Dark Tower’ series is considered by King himself (and some critics) to be his ‘magnum opus.’ While he is not typically known as a ‘fantasy’ author, King is fantastic at character development and storytelling. He admittedly wrote the first book (in part) due to his infatuation with JRR Tolkien. While the early books in the series show his immaturity in this genre, in my humble opinion, the characters and story really come to life in the later books in the series. I love the commitment required to wrestle through the first few books to enjoy the fruit that is the later books. If you aren’t into fantasy, or fantastical tales, reading the introductory essay in recent printings—’On Being Nineteen (and a Few Other Things)‘—is a quick read and worth the time.

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: