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Submishmash Weekly: ‘To practice being seen’


Publishing & Journalism:

Calming beats from the blue whale’s heart (Every Second).
The ‘Unruly Body’ Series curated by Roxane Gay is essential reading (Medium).
Looking glass, water glass, doorways, leaves: Artist self-portraits (Format Magazine).
‘Love is love is love is love…no matter who writes it’ (NPR).
The basketball warriors of Arlee, Montana (New York Times).
More data (how much more do we need?) indicates the economic value of the arts (Artsy).
‘New Jersey residents can be so blinded by our hometown pride that we don’t actually listen to what the Boss is saying’ (Newfound).
News from the land of public domain, 95 years in the making (The Atlantic).
‘Elon Musk has a message for both degree-obsessed young people and companies desperate to hire them: chill out already’ (Inc.).
Where to find submission markets and where to send your Submittable-themed poetry (Submittable).

Some Opportunities:

The Sea Letter is a literary journal currently accepting short fiction & poetry for its summer 2018 issue.
For its Editor’s Reprint Award, Sequestrum is accepting previously published fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
Colorado’s Vintage Theatre is calling for new, full-length comedic plays. Six selected scripts will be presented as staged readings and one will be chosen to premiere in VT’s 2019 season.
Wanderlust Journal wants your short, pithy, witty postcards from places visited (aka. short nonfiction travel essays).
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Noemi Press are given annually for one book-length poetry collection and one book-length work of prose.
New York’s Sag Harbor Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference is now accepting applications for a small and focused nonfiction writing conference for 16 writers in November.
Burning Man Project seeks proposals from artists, designers, architects, or teams for the creation of an Anchor Artwork for the Charleston East plaza in Mountain View, CA, where Google’s new campus will be located. The budget for this Anchor Artwork is $750,000.
For its Guns and People Essay ContestMemoir Magazine seeks prose submissions of 3,000 words or less.
Under a Warm Green Linden is an online journal with a twofold mission: to publish and foster excellent poetry, and to give a portion of its proceeds to reforestation efforts.
The Artists’ Community Administrator Residency from the Rauschenberg Foundation is designed to provide creative time and space for practicing artists of all disciplines who are also staff members of an artists’ community.
Storm Cellar literay journal seeks small things in any form and any content for its Force Majeure Flash Contest.
CA fest opportunities: Litquake is accepting festival, crawl, and contest submissions; Lambda Literary seeks programming proposals for LitFest.
The Normal School has several creative opportunities, including its Nonfiction Series as well as online and print publication.
Mud Season Review seeks deeply human work that will teach the editors something about life, but also about the craft of writing or visual art. Feedback services are also offered.
Indolent Books is currently seeking poems for its ‘What Rough Beast’ series as well as ‘NaPrWriMo on HIV Here & Now.’
Dennis Norris II will judge the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest from Winning Writers for published and unpublished work. Two $2,000 prizes will be awarded along with publication.
The Carolina Quarterly seeks short stories for its ‘Wake, and Dream Again’ contest, as well as general submissions of art, nonfiction, poetry, and fiction.
The winner of Boston Review’s Poetry Contest, judged by Mary Jo Bang, will receive $1,500 and publication.
Philadelphia’s Fleisher Art Memorial has a number of open professional positions.
San Francisco State’s School of Cinema has open Assistant Professorships and opportunities for Adjunct Lecturers in Film.

What We’re Reading:

As part of Submittable’s first-ever book club, five Submittable team members read Reset, Ellen Pao’s account of suing a Silicon Valley powerhouse for gender discrimination. Here are some thoughts from the group’s coordinator (and Customer Experience superstar), Genevieve Crow:

My favorite thing about this selection was how Pao’s story opened up dialogues on very relevant themes. Teammates (including our CEO) shared reactions to the trial’s outcome, experiences around workplace discrimination, and ideas for creating spaces where underrepresented groups aren’t just present but able to thrive. We talked about initiatives Submittable is working on and brainstormed ways we could do more, as a company and as individuals. I left feeling grateful to be a part of an organization where these kinds of conversations happen.
For next month, ten team members are planning to read West With The Night by Beryl Markham, the first person to fly across the Atlantic east to west in a non-stop, solo flight.

What We’re Listening To:

Back to our regularly scheduled program: a new Submishmash Weekly playlist on Spotify!
Enjoy 50 specially-selected tracks each Tuesday. Highlights from this week include Herbie Hancock, Drake, Ibeyi, Paul & Linda McCartney, Centavrvs, and more.

Rachel Mindell

Rachel Mindell is Senior Editor for Submittable's Marketing Team. She also writes and teaches poetry. You can find Rachel's creative work here: rachelmindell.com