Submishmash Weekly: ‘The room erupted in cheers’


Publishing & Journalism:

Onetwothree adieus to The Awl and The Hairpin, icons of an era (New Yorker, Electric Lit, NPR).
An Uong: ‘Vietnamese cuisine’s rise to mainstream popularity has forced me to redefine a relationship I thought would remain secret’ (Catapult).
Book list: joy, meaning, grit, awakening, and other approaches to an examined life (Book Riot).
Appreciating the quilts of Ken Burns (New York Times).
Be like McPhee and write your book (Poynter).
‘A dizzying blizzard of pop cultural artifacts with nothing at all in common—save for their reliance on Native American imagery’ (Smithsonian Institution).
HP Lovecraft + Billy Joel = Yay, internet (Birth. Movies. Death)!
The blockchain and Digital AF (The Paris Review).
George Orwell takes a middle ground on moral degradation, aesthetic rightness, and Salvador Dali (Open Culture).
‘Found photos, colourfully embroidered’ (Booooooom).
Will you be at AWP? Come have fun with us off-site (The Rumpus).

Some Opportunities:

The Creative Writing Fellowship awards five $5,000 Luminarts Fellowships for excellence in creative writing in the categories of prose and poetry.
CENTER seeks photographic entries for $5,000 Project Grants, The Choice Awards, and a juried portfolio event, Review Santa Fe.
The Shandaken Projects Storm King residency program is accepting applications from international cultural producers.
New Flash Fiction Review is seeking work for its spring issue and a 7 Banned Words Microfeature.
Named in honor of the Chicago literary great Nelson Algren, the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Literary Awards is a nationally recognized contest for original short fiction.
The Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018 Film and Alternate Realities programs are seeking the best new works in documentary and non-fiction storytelling globally.
The Ear publishes poetry, fiction, and art from both its Orange County campus community, as well as national and international writers and artists.
The Pamet River Prize and the Vinyl 45 Chapbook Contest are open for submissions from YesYes Books.
The $10,000 Writers’ Trust / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize is awarded annually to an emerging Canadian writer for a short story or excerpt from a fiction work-in-progress.
Necessary Fiction seeks stories for Valentine’s Day, as well as general submissions.
Winners in each genre of Crazyhorse annual prizes will receive $2,000 and publication.
Spread the Word seeks brilliant life writing for the second annual Life Writing Prize. Open to all emerging writers in the UK, there’s £1500, an Arvon course, and writer development opportunities up for grabs.
Full length poetry manuscripts sought by White Stag Publishing.
NILVX is a quarterly anthology of magic(k), mysticism, and the occult, currently seeking work themed on The Tarot.
AFRICA’SOUT! seeks visual artists from the African continent and those in its diaspora for a 6-week Residency.
Print and digital quarterly issues of Carve feature poetry, nonfiction, interviews, illustrations, and more.
Founded in 1977, Pittsburgh’s Mattress Factory seeks installation artists for its 2019 exhibition programmatic year.
Woman Made Gallery invites female identified artists to be part of an upcoming exhibition: Is There a Mother in the House?
The Short Fiction Contest from Kenyon Review is open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction.
Open Signal’s New Media Fellowship provides time, space, and resources for Portland based artists and media-makers to create new works of socially engaged, innovative digital media.

What We’re Reading:

Senior UX Designer Art Klepchukov is reading Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojoby Grant Faulkner.
Each chapter of this book is essentially a short essay about some aspect of the writing life, with encouragement and tips on putting Faulkner’s advice into practice. Although the author and I write different styles of fiction, his suggestions are both broad and familiar enough that I recognize patches of my own creative journey. I’m only a few chapters in but thoroughly enjoying reading and reflecting on each pep talk. Plus, although the content holds up in any edition, I love the formatting and engraving on the print cover.

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: