Submishmash Weekly: ‘To the sounds of the mysterious orchestra’


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Publishing & Creative News

18th-century potter Josiah Wedgwood, brand and marketing pioneer (The Hustle).

‘I feel more freedom in poetry than I do in any other genre. I think that’s because poems can traverse time and space in such a seamless way’ (The Rumpus).

Re. BuzzFeed: the online quiz sphere and Jill Abramson on digital winter (The New Yorker, recode).

‘The AIDS Memorial represents the best of what can happen when something most of us use every single day—Instagram—is turned into a powerful means to mourn, remember, and learn’ (Vogue).

An intriguing interview with Susan Orlean (Columbia Journalism Review).

The art of the “short, perfect” essay cover letter (Writer’s Digest).

Out of Missoula: writer Stephanie Land and cybersecurity specialist Sherri Davidoff (NPR, TODAY).

Music in a balloon in a cloud (Futility Closet).

‘Legend and Teigen are part of a growing movement working to address the racial swim gap’ (VICE).

How to find critique partners that fuel your writing (Submittable).

Some Opportunities

NoBudge is an online screening venue for new indie films accepting entries year round.

Central Oregon Writers Guild’s 2019 Contest is open to submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s literature from Oregon residents and guild members.

Fellowships from Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing offer writers of color and parent-writers the opportunity to attend the MVICW Summer Writers’ Conference.

Wordrunner eChapbook seeks fiction, memoir/creative nonfiction, and poetry for its spring 2019 anthology. The theme for this issue is ‘upheavals.’

UK’s Granta is currently accepting fiction, nonfiction, art, and photography for print publication.

Applications for the 2019-2020 Artists in Residence program at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute are now being accepted in photography and painting/drawing.

Conduit is looking for poetry and fiction that demonstrate originality, intelligence, courage, irreverence, and humanity.

Typishly, an online literary magazine, is open for short fiction, poetry, and responses to three creative challenges. Established and emerging writers always welcome.

Month of Photography Los Angeles, from Lucie Foundation, is hosting an open call for emerging and established photographers worldwide.

The Account is currently seeking fiction and creative nonfiction.

The International Women’s Media Foundation’s Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists supports the production of ambitious projects and underreported, globally important stories.

Unstamatica micro lit mag, seeks flash fiction of 100 words or fewer, poetry of 10 lines or fewer, photography, and art.

For its juried exhibition, ‘Bright Colors Bold Strokes: Creations of Lowbrow Art,’ Huntington Arts Council seeks art in all media.

Historic Joy Kogawa House is looking for Canadian writers to live and work at the childhood home of author Joy Kogawa for two-month residencies in 2020.

During the month of February, Black Lawrence Press author Jenny Drai is offering poetry critiques.

Rattle has a number of open opportunities for poetry.

For its Winter Reading PeriodPenn Review seeks poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and artwork.

The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission invites artists and artist teams to submit their qualifications for the North 12th Street Underpass Mural Project. This call is open to experienced professional artists nationally.

Send poetry, translations of poetry, book reviews, essays on poetry, and interviews with poets to Smartish Pace for online and print editions.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra seeks a Community and Audience Engagement Coordinator.

Find professional opportunities at Submittable here.

What We’re Listening To

The Submishmash Weekly playlist is updated every week:

Eight-track psych dream pop from Montreal native Jonathan Personne, Mira Calix with the louche house party music, KOKOROKO delivers soulful, afro-beat jazz, and more.

Check out new additions to our Soul Glo playlist, featuring choice soul selections.

What We’re Reading

The most recent Submittable Book Club selection was Cixin Lui’s The Three Body Problem, suggested by Software Engineer Brigit Rossbach.

What would happen if humans came in contact with extraterrestrials? Liu’s book, set against the backdrop of Cultural Revolution China, asks just that. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction receives a signal from Earth and decides to invade and take Earth as their new planet. On Earth, the human race begins to split into different warring factions over the question of how to deal with these aliens. Liu masterfully asks the reader to ponder why we look so positively to the stars and the unknown in space, when we could turn that kindness to other members of the human race.