Submishmash Weekly: ‘This idea about a whirlwind’


Publishing & Journalism:

Ursula K. Le Guin’s ‘utopias-as-process,’ through the lens of Always Coming Home (The Millions).
On hiring: ‘Ranking people by common criteria produces homogeneity’ (Aeon).
The nighttime photography of Khalik Allah in Harlem (Huck).
Octavia Butler, Anthony Burgess, Jeanette Winterson, and other authors who aren’t crazy about the books they wrote (Lit Hub).
New covers for Claudia Kishi (PRI).
Important legal info for protest artists, free (Hyperallergic).
An exhibit that ‘points toward a generational change in thinking, not just about designing for difference’ (New York Times).
If you’ve got the time, we’ve got the prompts (Submittable).

Some Opportunities:

National Geographic seeks short films for their 5th annual Wild to Inspire contest.
Applications are open: Submittable’s second annual Eliza So Fellowship for books-in-progress by immigrant & Montana Indigenous writers.
Parlour is an open-access journal dedicated to furthering the scope and conversation of literary criticism and analysis. Issue 4 will focus on Toni Morrison, Violence, and Domestic Space.
Room for Thought’ is an open call for sculptors living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area, from Pacific Rim Sculptors.
The Shanghai Literary Review, which features creative work from or about Asia, seeks fiction, poetry, nonfiction, flash, visual art, translation, and book reviews for Issue 3.
During summer 2018, Mineral School will offer three two-week residencies to 8 writers of poetry and prose, and 4 visual artists.
The Spectacle is open for poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, as well as submissions to THE REVUE.
Barzakh seeks fiction, poetry, criticism, personal essays, translations, drawings, and photography that pushes against complacent taxonomies and finds itself forging new paths.
For Issue #10: The Stellar EditionThe Suburban Review is seeking writing and art by Australian women, femmes and gender non-conforming folx.
The first annual Atticus Review Poetry Contest will be judged by Aimee Nezhukumatathil.
Register for this year’s Sun Valley Film Festival and enter the High Scribe Award to attend the Screenwriters Lab, hosted by Lynn Shelton.
The Ambroggio Prize from the Academy of American Poets is a $1,000 publication prize given for a book-length poetry manuscript originally written in Spanish and with an English translation. The 2018 judge is Alberto Ríos.
Sycamore Review is hosting a flash prose contest.
Emory’s Rose Library offers short-term research fellowships in specific subject areas within its collection, including Black Print Culture, African American art and art history, LGBT, and more.
For its Spring/Summer issueWraparound South seeks poems, fiction, creative nonfiction, mixed genre works, and interviews.
The XL Catlin Art Prize is a new juried art contest and traveling exhibition of 40 two-dimensional figurative works (paintings, drawings, and original prints.)
Luna Station Quarterly publishes speculative fiction written by women-identified authors.
Mistake House welcomes fiction and poetry by graduate and undergraduate writers from around the world, including work by previously unpublished writers.
Journalism opportunities from PEN Center USA and the International Women’s Media Foundation.
Ruminate is seeking two new editors to join their team.

What We’re Reading:

Marketing Fellow Grace Hulderman is reading Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman.
An imaginative retelling of the classic Norse myths. Neil Gaiman does a wonderful job revitalizing the myths that inform so much of modern fantasy in a way that is fresh, humorous, and faithful to the original mythical form. Whether you’re a fan of classic myths or a hesitant newcomer, Gaiman makes a convincing case for why these stories continue to captivate us. Fantastical, engaging, and easy to follow, this book is a testament to the magic of storytelling.

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: