Submishmash Weekly: ‘Through the neck of an hourglass’


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Publishing & Creative News

‘But just because your friends have already violated all-natural and divine law doesn’t mean you won’t get there, too’ (McSweeney’s).

Studios you can visit: Frida Kahlo, Paul Cézanne, Barbara Hepworth… (My Modern Met).

‘He made salt from each sample in search of the crunchiest flakes, the best coloring, and the right aftertaste’ (Bloomberg).

How a little optimism might help you live longer (NPR).

journey through time (Missoulian).

Accidents and injuries in the art handling workforce (Hyperallergic).

‘The challenge of paying for college binds parents and children together in a saga of ever-growing sacrifice‘ (New Yorker).

The city empties out like a resort in the off-season, only less melancholy’ (The Atlantic).

Happy birthday, Katherine Johnson! (WTHR)

Crucial differences between monsters and villains (Submittable).

Some Opportunities

The annual Words and Music Writing Competition seeks fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction entries.

Winners of Black Warrior Review’s annual contests will be selected by Tommy Pico (Poetry), Rivers Solomon (Fiction), Selah Saterstrom (Nonfiction), and Vi Khi Nao (Flash).

For Issue 2 of their print edition, FishFood is accepting submissions with the theme Bananas!

The Red Ants Pants Foundation seeks applicants to its Timber Skills Workshop.

Fleisher Art Memorial is calling for entries to the 43rd season of the Wind Challenge Exhibition Series.

For its spring issue, New Flash Fiction Review seeks flash fiction and prose poetry.

The Write Launch seeks short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction, and novel excerpts.

Send story suggestions on the theme of Resilience to Verbal.

The Centifictionist seeks powerful, compelling, and memorable international microfiction in 100 words or less.

STORGY is looking for literary short fiction that challenges literary conventions, as well as informed essays that place their subjects against a broad perspective.

The Stardust Review seeks short stories, poetry, literary nonfiction, essays on art criticism, literary criticism, and philosophy.

Kind Writers Literary Magazine is accepting poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art.

For its contestStill: The Journal seeks fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

Causeway Lit is accepting poetry, nonfiction, and fiction.

Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts seeks craft essays.

Poems which express the experience of immigrants to the United States sought by Moonstone Arts Center.

Jentel Arts is accepting applicants for its writing and visual art residencies.

Mason Jar Press seeks full-length manuscripts of true or semi-true prose.

Hippocampus is looking for creative work for its 2019 themed issue: LOST.

Light and Dark Magazine seeks fiction for its 11th issue.

Submittable is hiring. Come work with us in Missoula, Montana.

What We’re Listening To

The Submishmash Weekly Playlist is updated every Tuesday:

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Lana Del Ray basking in the twilight of the Saturday Evening Post, Nina Keith walking sanitized biblical landscapes, The Newcomer pulls us through the neck of an hourglass during rush hour, with robots, and more.

Follow Submittable on Spotify for all the jams and an extra special ongoing 2019 collection.

What We’re Reading

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Sarah Aswell from the Marketing team is reading the 1975 novel Sneaky People by Thomas Berger.

My husband has been trying to get me to read this for years, so I finally cracked it open – and now I can’t believe it’s not a classic and that Berger isn’t a better-known author. Berger spent his career having fun with genre (he also wrote Little Big Man, a twist on the Western) and in Sneaky People, he gives us a completely delightful comic take on noir. The book follows a used car salesman who has decided to murder his wife so he can be with his lover, but things get complicated very quickly. I love how it has all of the fun elements of vintage crime fiction but contains some really smart, ahead of its time commentary about racism and misogyny (instead of just being plain old racist and sexist). It also has a super quickly-moving plot and LOL-level sentence writing as it explores the dark-but-super-relatable inner lives of its cast.