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Publishing & Creative News

Curated by US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, ‘an invitation to think about our own capacities for empathy‘ (PBS).

Color palette, compliance, and other ballot-design necessities (AIGA Eye on Design).

Sterling HolyWhiteMountain: ‘Some of us went to college to escape our treaty-established, semi-sovereign homeland’ (The Atlantic).

A definitive list of distinguished foreign films (Open Culture).

Hue Nguyen is a seamstress for astronauts (New York Times).

A book of Norwegian fairy tales, ‘perhaps one of the finest creations to emerge from this golden age of illustration’ (Public Domain Review).

History lessons with John Leguizamo (Smithsonian).

‘Sales for e-books—the digital versions that we were told just a few years ago would change the publishing industry forever—are stagnant’ (Observer).

When rejection is horror, residencies rock, and quilting prompts writing (Submittable).

Some Opportunities

The Mighty Line is seeking short stories for its debut issue.

Visual artists sought by stARTup Art Fair, a contemporary art fair for independent artists held in Los Angeles.

Santa Ana River Review seeks fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and visual art for online publication.

Star 82 Review is interested in imaginative flash fiction (between 50-250 words), as well as other art and writing.

For its annual TrifectaIron Horse Literary Review welcomes longer work: poems that are 10-20 pages long, prose pieces between 25 and 40 pages.

Target Gallery invites artist proposals for solo exhibition in the summer of 2019.

The Kellogg-Hubbard Library is seeking proposals from Vermont poets, writers, and artists for PoemCity 2019.

Creative Nonfiction seeks new work about the role of games and play in our everyday lives.

Julie Kane will judge IthacaLit’s Lauren K. Alleyne Difficult Fruit Poetry Prize.

Hidden River Arts is accepting written work for a number of award categories.

In 2019, The Puritan will publish a special supplementary issue edited by guest editor Rahat Kurd, to ask the question: ‘What does it mean to be a Muslim writer?’

The Walter Feldman Fellowship for Emerging Artists from the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston is open to New England-based artists working in non-photographic two-dimensional media.

Metafore accepts poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction year-round.

The Write Launch is an online literary magazine publishing short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction, novellas, and novel chapters.

During its fall reading periodThe Penn Review is seeking poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and artwork.

London Photo Festival is accepting photographic work for its free monthly competition and for ‘The World Around Us.’

The Quebec Writers’ Federation Mentorship Program is accepting applications, both from those seeking a mentor, and from those who wish to be a mentor.

The Future Founders Fellowship is open to all young founders, aged 18-30.

New Zealand’s Bread & Circus Festival is calling for volunteers.

Submittable seeks a full-time Product Designer.

What We’re Listening To

album coverThe Submishmash Weekly playlist is new each week.

Vince Staples on the dead homies, a captivating take on life and death by Kasper Bjørke, Ian William Craig paints the back of your eyelids with mud, and more.

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

What We’re Reading

Senior Software Engineer Nick Kircos is reading American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon, by Steven Rinella.

book coverOnce numbering in the tens of millions, with a range from New York to Oregon and Mexico to Alaska, American Buffalo tells the tragic history of America’s most iconic animal. Steven Rinella begins the story in Montana, on an elk hunt with his brothers, where they unearth a bison skull on a steep mountainside. This discovery spawns an interest in the animal that leads the author to New York City in search of Black Diamond’s head (the buffalo that was used as the model for the famous Buffalo Nickel, sought after by coin collectors and fetching thousands of dollars). It also leads him to Alaska on a rare hunt for some of the last free-roaming bison on the planet. The book is filled with wonderful American history tidbits and trivia and will change the way you think of buffalo forever.

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: