Submishmash Weekly: ‘The real wizard hat would be in your head’


Publishing & Journalism:

Dark, twisted, funny: grammar (The Oatmeal).
Fashion in the The Philippines (BBC).
A mind-blowing, must-read on the human brain (Wait But Why).
#MeToo amongst the stacks: ‘Responding to big cultural shifts is baked into librarians’ mission statements’ (Quartz).
Ta-Nehisi Coates on Kanye West (The Atlantic).
Sarah Schulman’s acceptance speech (The New School).
Bookstore recommendations from Tayari Jones, Terese Mailho, Christie Ridgway, and eight other authors (Lonely Planet).
Footage of art icons making art (Open Culture).
A bounty of film and video opportunities, and new prompts for that productive moment (Submittable).

Some Opportunities:

Over $1,000 in prizes, publication, and a public reading for finalists in the Owl Canyon Press short story hackathon.
Sky Island Journal, an independent, international literary journal, is seeking poetry, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction for Issue 5.
For its Raymond Carver Short Story Contest judged by Susan Perabo, Carve seeks short fiction of up to 10K words. Winners will be published in Fall 2018 issue and read by three literary agents.
Washington Printmakers Gallery is hosting a National Small Works Competition and Exhibition.
Petrichor Audio Magazine is seeking previously published fiction stories (reprints) to produce into audio and publish on its newly launched platform. Editors also accept audio submissions but encourage authors to take advantage of their free Audible-approved professional narration and studio-quality production.
The Canadian Women Artists’ Award, facilitated by NYFA, is a $5,000 grant designed to provide financial support to an emerging or early career woman artist working in any discipline.
Michigan Medicine is calling for solo and group exhibitions to include in its Gifts of Art Program.
The Writers’ Press is seeking exceptional unpublished novels for The Writers’ Press Prize. Preference goes to published older writers, but all are welcome.
Editors: nominate one story under 500 words published by your magazine in print or online in 2017 for the Vestal Review’s VERA award.
Arts Intern provides opportunities for college undergraduates to learn about nonprofit arts professions through internships in museums and cultural institutions.
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is seeking applications for data-driven journalism projects related to land rights and property rights.
The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans hosted by The Iowa Review will be judged by Brian Turner.
Poetry will release a magazine issue dedicated to the work of transgender, gender non-conforming, and other non-cis poets, guest-edited by Christopher Soto, in fall 2018.
New Rivers Press seeks manuscripts of creative nonfiction, essays, and mixed-genre work between 70 and 120 pages in length. Submissions to the American Fiction Short Story Award are also being accepted.
Map Literary seeks poetry, fiction, nonfiction, artwork, and chapbooks for the Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook Award.
Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series, the first Academy Qualifying Film Festival devoted to women of color, is seeking films and web series.
New Jersey’s PROTO Gallery is hosting an Open Call for emerging and mid-career artists.
New England Review welcomes submissions in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, translation in any genre, creative writing for the website (NER Digital), cover art, and art.
The Short Fiction Prize from BOA Editions, Ltd. will award a $1,000 honorarium and publication in spring 2020.
Buddy (a lit zine) is calling for team members (volunteers, interns, etc.).

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: powerful new music from Childish Gambino, the song of the summer by Valee ft. Jeremih, moody folk from Gwenifer Raymond, and more.

Submittable Stats:

Welcome to Submittable Stats, take 1. Thanks to everyone who helped us start the party with April numbers. Congrats to you all—we loved reading about your journey!
The following submitters had acceptances in April: Kevin Brown, Parisa Cheraghi, Laine Cunningham, Susan G. Duncan, MFC Feeley, Karen Foster, Elizabeth Gauffreau, Warren Paul Glover, Fajer Alexander Khansa, Linda Laino, Egon H.E. Lass, Diane G. Martin, qp Murphy, Thomas O’Dell, T.J. Rafferty, Garrett Mallory Scott, and Annie Q. Syed.

Special shout-out to Danae Barnes, for telling us about the Finishing School Writer’s Group—they’ve collected 22 rejections with five team members so far this year. Booya.
Speaking of rejections, these folks made our top five in April—no guts, no glory. They amassed 69 no-thank-yous as a group. Big bravos go to:
1. Warren Paul Glover
2. Diane G. Martin
3. MFC Feeley
4. Thomas O’Dell
5. Paulie Lipman
Join us with your May numbers beginning June 1, when our submission form will open on this page. We’ll also send reminders. Until then, Submittable salutes you.

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: