Announcing The New Anonymous (yet another literary magazine!), a print journal whose contributors and editors will remain forever nameless. Not only will all work be published anonymously, but The New Anonymous will blindly screen and edit its submissions, i.e., the submission, editorial, and publishing process will be anonymous from beginning to end. Our goal is to serve as a safehouse where writers—both up-and-coming and well established—can not only question the creative process but also, in the words of Freud, "play."
We are now reading submissions in all genres for our upcoming debut issue and hope you'll join us in this unique endeavor. For submission guidelines and more information, visit our website Deadline for this issue: December 1. Questions? E-mail us: thenewanon(at)gmail.com.
Descant 2009 Themed Call
As well as an open call for unthemed submissions to our journal, Descant is looking for special submissions for the following future themed issue: Writers in Prison (deadline: July 01, 2009)
Consider whether this is a man,
Who labours in the mud
Who knows no peace
Who fights for a crust of bread
Who dies at a yes or a no.
– From "Shema" by Primo Levi
(Translated by Ruth Feldman and Brian Swann)
As Socrates sits in prison awaiting his execution for the crime of corrupting the youth of Athens, his friend, Crito, visits and offers an opportunity for escape. What follows is a famous dialogue between the two men concerning the nature of justice, imprisonment and art. Centuries later this discussion continues and evolves, and the prison has become a symbol and institution with many different meanings, personal, social and political. In fall 2010, Descant aims to further and challenge the discourse on the nature of the prison, confinement and exile. We want to hear and know the voices, the rhythms and the shapes of captivity, the histories, contexts and politics of this particular social exile especially by those who have been directly affected by the prison system.
– Guest editors, Matt Carrington, Katie Franklin and Jason Paradiso
Mississippi Review, Oct 2008: Ekphrasis
So many things to look away from—wars, genocide, criminal politicians, the abrogation of the Bill of Rights, a disappointingly familiar national election. Perhaps you’re turning your attention to the visual arts instead, losing yourself in Rothko’s color fields, riding the energy of a Kandinsky, or letting Caravaggio show you that everything you thought about faith was wrong. Sure it’s escapism, but isn’t this the perfect time for it?
Ekphrasis—employing one art to describe another art. Literary ekphrasis has been around since Homer suspended the action in The Iliad long enough to exhaustively describe the shield of Achilles. The figures on Keats’s Grecian urn, the twisted countenance of Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray, and Dorothea Brooke’s tour of the Vatican galleries all come to us through ekphrastic expression.
We are seeking ekphrastic poems, stories and personal essays that take a moment, or even several pages, to depict, contemplate, and speculate upon visual works of art. Please submit by e-mail only to issue editor Jane Armstrong at firstname.lastname@example.org Send up to three poems, ten pages max or prose up to 4000 words. Attach the work in Word or RTF format. Deadline: September 15, 2008
A new quarterly online poetry journal, use these words, seeks submissions.
Along with a brief contributor's note, send 1-3 poems using the following words to usethesewords(at)gmail.com.
fiddle, sleep, window, lip, fish, shoulder, pluckPlease paste your poems into the body of your e-mail. Attachments will not be read.
Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments
An award-winning international online publication seeks poetry, essays, fiction, articles, reviews, and artwork for upcoming theme-based issues: Symbiosis, Borders & Bridges, and Virtually There. View issues and submission guidelines on our website.
Our next issue is No. 23, and submissions are due by December 1, 2008, for January 10, 2009 publication.
Freedom Tower Poetry Competition
This poetry competition is launched by Tapestries Anthology, its focus is to celebrate the construction of the Freedom Tower as a memorial at the World Trade Center, New York, New York. The themes are: renewal, rebuilding, reconciliation, forgiveness, peace, trade and commerce. Poems should celebrate the future.
Guidelines: Only unpublished poems in English. Thirty line limit, any form including prose poetry. No age restriction. Maximum submissions: 3-5; $1.00 each poem. Typed, double space, New Times Roman, 12 point. Two copies, one with name, address, and contact information. First rights only. Mail requirements: Send submissions with check to: MWCC Foundation Inc., 444 Green Street, Gardner, MA 01440. Memo: Freedom Tower Poetry Competition (FTPC)
Mark envelope: Life Program, Patricia B. Cosentino, Chairperson, FTPC. Notice: No entries will be returned. MWCC will not accept correspondence or phone calls regarding status of submissions.
Deadline December 31, 2008. Reading Committee will screen poems for eligibility. Follow strict guidelines. A panel of published poets will make the final decisions: one winner and 100 Honorary Mentions to be published in Tapestries Anthology, 2009.
NOT A MUSE ANTHOLOGY
Across the broad continent of a woman’s life falls the shadow of a sword. On one side all is correct, definite, orderly; the paths are strait, the trees regular, the sun shaded; escorted by gentlemen, protected by policemen, wedded and buried by clergy-men, she has only to walk demurely from cradle to grave and no one will touch a hair of her head. But on the other side all is confusion. Nothing follows a regular course. The paths wind between bogs and precipices. The trees roar and rock and fall in ruin.—Virginia Woolf , Collected Essays Volume III.
Virginia Woolf wrote that in 1925; in 2008 are we living in a post-feminist age? How do we define ourselves as women? Are we living our lives honestly, completely true to ourselves? If we choose an unconventional life, what are the costs? Not a Muse is about our choices. How we define ourselves as women and poets. How we define freedom. Male writers and poets throughout the centuries have turned to a feminine muse as a creative catalyst. But there is much more to us than providing a source of inspiration. Now, the Muse is finding her own voice. Not A Muse is an exciting new anthology of writing by women from around the world, who look within for their inspiration, whether they embrace solitude, or struggle with it, whether they fight to balance children and marriage with writing, or choose another way.
Deadline: September 2, 2008. Publisher: Haven Books, Hong Kong.
How to submit: Please send up to 3 poems and a writer’s biography of no more than 200 words to: muse-submissions(at)havenbooksonline.com Further queries: Please email Kate Rogers or Viki Holmes at: muse-info(@)havenbooksonline.com.