Submishmash Weeky: ‘This is your house now’


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Publishing & Creative News

33 steps to being an artist, which include listening to the crazy voices and behaving like a vampire (Vulture).

Giving Tuesday on the rise: ‘Over the last seven years, the idea has spread to a formal network in 55 countries, globalizing the concept’ (Fast Company).

Women programmers in R vs. Python (Reshama via Github).

‘Imagine a world such that when one of our best writers says she has projects that will change literature immured in her hard drive, we do better than plugging our ears, waiting until she’s dead’ (The Millions).

How The Kindergarten Teacher was served by poets Ocean Vuong, Dominique Townsend, and Kaveh Akbar (New York Times).

‘Instead of using the Dewey system, Porter classified works by genre and author to highlight the foundational role of black people in all subject areas’ (Smithsonian).

Great small cities for small business—we’re partial to number three (Verizon).

Dieter Cantu ‘has collected thousands of nonfiction volumes to fill the shelves at juvenile detention facilities and underserved libraries’ (Houston Chronicle).

Ambient noise for that writing groove (Submittable).

Some Opportunities

Soze’s Right of Return fellowship will award six formerly incarcerated artists a grant of $20,000 each to support a project aimed at reforming the criminal justice system.

Thin Air Magazine seeks fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for online and print publication.

Idaho’s Treefort Music Festival is seeking musicians, yogis, educators, writers, artists, comedians, and more for its annual event.

For its debut print anthology, A Narrative Map seeks short travel anecdotes from around the globe.

Big Fiction seeks fiction and essays.

First prize in LitMag’s Virginia Woolf Award for Short Fiction will receive $3,500, publication, and agency review.

Sun Valley Film Festival has a number of open screenwriting and film opportunities.

Barrelhouse seeks essays that deal, in one way or another, with pop culture (defined in a fairly broad way).

For Issue 19Sequestrum is accepting fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Immersion Project is an intensive 3 month studio fellowship designed to immerse artists in the world of printmaking. The foundation is also seeking entries for its Studio Program open call for New Membership.

NYMBM is seeking poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, visual art, music, or any other genre for ‘Mental Health Month.’

For its annual 2019 Contest IssueSo to Speak seeks poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art with an intersectional feminist focus.

Flux Factory and the DCLA Create NYC Disability Forward Fund are offering an inaugural Flux Factory Accessibility Fellowship, which will provide a subsidized two month residency and artwork commission opportunity to one disabled artist during the spring of 2019.

F(r)iction is seeking previously unpublished flash fiction, short fiction, and poetry for its winter contests.

The 44th annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival is accepting short play and musical submissions.

Third Coast seeks fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and drama for print publication.

Canada’s Geist seeks entries for its Work Shanty Writing Contest.

For its inaugural Editor’s PrizeThe Porter House Review seeks fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art.

The Oyster River Pages internship program is designed for individuals that want to explore independent publishing.

Find Submittable professional opportunities here.

What We’re Listening To

On this week’s Submishmash Weekly playlist:

Reckonwrong and the sound of Paris melting, slurred speech in a Brazilian jazz club with Rodrigo Tavares, CLYDE with proper chopped and screwed Clint Eastwood, and more.

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

What We’re Reading

Marketing Manager Keriann Strickland recently read Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward:

This has been on my reading list for awhile: It received overwhelmingly good reviews when it was published last year, and was one of the New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2017. When I finished it, I was only sorry I hadn’t read it sooner. The novel tells the story of an African American family facing dissolution via addiction, imprisonment, racism, and death—and two restless ghosts tied to their pasts. Ward’s writing is lyrical and haunting, especially in her aching descriptions of the inseparable bond between two siblings, 13-year-old JoJo and his toddler sister Kayla, and the detachment and self-annihilating tendencies of their mother Leonie.