Submishmash Weekly: ‘What a human is capable of’


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Publishing & Creative News

Don’t do it. ‘Horse Latitudes’ is already taken (Book and Film Globe).

Facebook to fund local news (Pointer).

Fatima Ali: ‘When you’re a chef, you understand the circle of life’ (Bon Appétit).

Advice for a great author photo (Brevity).

Raquel Gutiérrez on visiting the border wall prototypes (Popula).

‘How often do you stare into the middle distance? Me neither’ (Literary Hub).

Climate Change: the ultimate 10-year challenge and a graphic look across the country (My Modern Met; Washington Post).

A (fictional) conversation between Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Delta (Paris Review).

‘Why was it so hard, on, to tell whether I was actually logged in or not’ (NeimanLab)?

Pro tips for beginning bloggers (Submittable).

Some Opportunities

West Texas Literary Review seeks poems, essays, flash fiction, and photographs for print publication.

Short of the Week features short films containing great stories that brave new territory.

Writing Workshops Paris, presented by Carve Magazine, invites writers to hone their craft in the historic heart of literary Paris.

Atmosphere Press, an author-friendly collaborative publisher, is seeking full-length manuscripts in all genres.

College of Western Idaho’s literary magazineStonecrop, publishes fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, original art, and hosts an annual micro-fiction contest.

Arch Street Press is holding a Science Fiction & Fantasy Contest.

Penn State’s Campus Arts Initiative is seeking visual artists or teams that include a visual artist for the development of temporary works of public art. There are no residency requirements for this opportunity.

Asian American Writers’ Workshop seeks writing inspired by found language for TRANS:ACT with the Transpacific Literary Project.

For its annual conference, Historical Writers of America is calling for presenters.

The Greensboro Review is always on the lookout for short stories and poems from writers at any stage of their career.

The inaugural Macaron Prize from Cagibi will be judged by Chantel Acevedo (fiction), Major Jackson (poetry), and Sheila Kohler (nonfiction). Winners receive $1000 plus publication.

PLAYA offers 2, 3, and 4-week arts and science residencies in the Oregon Outback.

For its April event in San Francisco, stARTup Art Fair LLC is accepting applications from professional artists, working in all media, national and international.

Sarabande Books seeks book-length entries for its A. Morton Prize in Poetry and Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction.

The Shandaken: Storm King residency program, administered by Shandaken Projects, provides free housing and studio facilities for two to six weeks.

Apogee, a journal of literature and art that engages with identity politics, seeks creative nonfiction.

The winner of the William Van Dyke Short Story Prize from Ruminate Magazine will be awarded $1500 and publication.

YesYes Books seeks manuscripts for its Pamet River Prize and Vinyl 45 Chapbook Contest.

The Pegasus Award For Poetry Criticism from the Poetry Foundation honors the best book-length works of criticism, including biographies, essay collections, and critical editions.

NY’s SPACE on Ryder Farm offers internships and fellowships for emerging artists, innovators, and activists.

Come work with Submittable in Missoula, Montana. Find current professional opportunities here.

What We’re Listening To

album coverThe Submishmash Weekly playlist is updated every week:

Maxo heeding his father’s advice over Super 8 reels, late night public transit altered states with Jio, Spellling ponders utopian dreams and global devastation, and more.

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

What We’re Reading

book coverSales Representative John Smith read Virgil Wander, by Leif Enger:

Leif Enger’s previous books—Peace Like a Riverand So Brave, Young, and Handsome—were some of my favorites. His writing is cozy, epic, poetic, and mythic. Virgil Wander is a quieter book, staying closer to home in northern Minnesota, but no less beautiful. It’s a story of rebirth in middle age, and that’s what I found most profound this time. Enger is always pushing everyday characters out beyond themselves into the broader world.