Submishmash Weekly: ‘Translate that joy onto the page’


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Publishing & Creative News

An interview with runner and writer Jaclyn Gilbert (Longreads).

‘The one thing missing from this lovely ritual is a truly great Hanukkah movie’ (Refinery 29).

The story of a (surprisingly) prospering small newspaper in Oregon (NPR).

‘Few things prevent you from completing a book like perfectionism’ (Read it Forward).

Huge congrats to the recipients of the 2019 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants(PEN America).

In music and in management, ‘perhaps there is a trade-off between creativity and stability’ (The Economist).

On Brooke C. Obie’s first book (Los Angeles Review of Books).

‘My biggest worry about Smart Replies is not that they will make us all sound like machines but that they will make us feel that we have to become machines’ (The New Yorker).

VR lessons, writing prompts from space, and Vegas musings from an Eliza So Fellow (Submittable).

Some Opportunities

Marble House Project is accepting applications for its 2019 Artist in Residence Program in twelve categories.

For its Great Midwest Writing ContestMidwest Review is calling for poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. A $500 prize will be awarded in each category.

Typishly, an online literary journal, is always seeking poems, short stories, and responses to creative challenges. Emerging writers welcome.

The winner of the 2018 Codhill Press Poetry Award for full-length book of original poetry in English will receive $1,000 and 25 copies.

Upstream Gallery seeks photography for its 10th annual juried exhibition, ‘Reality and Perception: Photography at a Crossroads.’

Statement Magazine is now accepting submissions in all art and writing forms for its 69th anniversary issue.

SWWIM Every Day’s first contest will honor Kate Spade and her contribution to female entrepreneurs, artists, and visionaries everywhere.

For its December contest, themed ‘Parties,’ The A3 Review is seeking prose, poetry, art, and hybrid work inspired by dinner, political, and pool parties.

The En Foco Photography Fellowship is designed to support photographers of color. En Foco will award 10 fellowships at $1,000 per artist, a Fellowship Group Exhibition, and more.

The London Magazine is seeking work from writers around the world for its Short Story Prize.

Split Lip Magazine seeks short and flash fiction, poetry, and memoir for print and online publication.

The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs seeks artists interested in creating a public monument that honors women’s history.

Cave Canem’s annual retreat is open to black poets of African descent, ages 21 and over.

Bridge Eight Press seeks full-length fiction manuscripts for its Fiction Prize.

For its third issue, AADOREE is seeking writing related to the theme, ‘The Fey.’

Gambling the Aisle seeks short collections of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry for its Chapbook Prize.

Poetry International’s C.P. Cavafy Poetry Prize awards a single poem with $1,000 and publication.

For Talking Writing’s annual poetry issue, editors are looking for poetry and flash prose in which disabled people take on travel, work, parenting, and whatever else comes their way.

Loft Literary Center is accepting internship applicants.

Submittable is hiring an Onboarding Specialist.

What We’re Listening To

The Submishmash Weekly playlist is updated every week:

Earl Sweatshirt bookends this week’s playlist, rumbling over avant-garde jazz, the Dembow mutations of Kelman Duran, Oneohtrix Point Never and (Sandy) Alex G remix Babylon, and more.

Be sure to follow Submittable on Spotify for more great music.

What We’re Reading

Book coverWeb Engineer Genevieve Crow recently read How to Be Alone: If You Want To, and Even If You Don’tby Lane More:

Reading this book felt like sitting down with my funniest friend just out of a rough patch. Lane Moore hosts Tinder Live, fronts the band It Was Romance, and is a former writer for The Onion and sex and relationships editor for Cosmopolitan. I want to say her memoir was a light read, but it was actually pretty devastating. Moore unapologetically addresses the role of privilege in the arts, family trauma, romance (in media and in life), intimacy, and dating in the age of dating apps. It’s LOL-funny but raw, and she swears a lot.


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: