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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Unusual Calls for Submissions

Moment Magazine is now accepting submissions for the 2009 Moment-Karma Short Fiction Contest.
Moment will award three prizes to outstanding works of unpublished short fiction with Jewish content. $1,000 plus possible publication; $500 plus possible publication; $250 plus possible publication. Winners may be invited to Washington DC or New York City for an awards ceremony. After the completion of the contest, Moment editors will review winning stories. Editors will contact winners if their stories are being considered for publication. Complete current information about guidelines etc. is updated on the website.

This Will Explain Everything: An open call to comic artists and illustrators.
The Edinburgh-based Forest Publishing is putting together a graphic novel anthology and we are looking for work from artists who combine words and images in various ways. This anthology is an imaginary encyclopedia: a compendium of knowledge that is true, half-true, false, absurd or very confusing. A reader will come away from this book intrigued, amazed, mystified, puzzled, perplexed, bewildered, bemused and befuddled but not necessarily informed. Your entry should explain something. It can be a piece of disinformation, speculation or thorough nonsense. It could be about how a tractor works, what heart burn really is, an explanation of long-distance running or zen. Facts are fine but, for this project, they are not the ultimate point. We're looking for unique points of view on a wide-range of objects and ideas. Technical specs: You can submit multipage strips, spreads or single-page images in colour or black and white. The format of the book will be 245mm x 168mm (portrait) with a bleed of 3mm. past the edge of the page on all sides. If your image reaches the edges of the page, don't put anything important in the bleed zone where it will get chopped off. If you intend to do a spread, please keep important things away from the centre of the image as there will be a deep gutter. (These specs aside, if you already have finished work in a different format, we might be able to fit it in anyway.) Submissions should be emailed as low resolution jpegs (make sure that any text is readable, though) to thiswillexplain(at) (replace (at) with @). Write `Submission' in the subject line. Alternatively, you can send us a good quality photocopy by regular mail. The address is: Magda Boreysza at Forest Publishing, 3 Bristo Place, Edinburgh EH1 1EY, United Kingdom. If your piece is selected we will ask you to send a high quality image file.

Hawk & Handsaw: The Journal of Creative Sustainability Call For Submissions
Hawk & Handsaw wants to know what "creative sustainability" means to you. Send us your reflections and art. Tell us about your greatest triumphs and most frustrating failures. Challenge our definitions-and those held by our readers. We know that you know which way the wind blows. That a sustainable lifestyle can be as messy as it is meaningful-that it requires reflection, deep philosophical commitment and, more often than not, a good sense of humor. Hawk and Handsaw celebrates this kind of thinking. Each issue, we offer works from established and emerging artists and writers, as well as a broadly reaching account of what it means to be sustainably creative-and, of course, creatively sustainable. Hawk & Handsaw is published annually. Our reading period for the 2010 issue is 1 August- 1 November. We welcome text and images from every genre and are particularly interested in those works that challenge conventional notions both of artistic form and environmental sustainability. Please send submissions (Word, .jpeg, or .pdf files preferred) to hankandhandsaw(at) (replace (at) with @). More here.

We are currently seeking submissions for an anthology of superhero poetry, tentatively titled "Between Saviors and Villains: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry Inspired by American Superheroes." Send 3-6 poems and a cover letter including your contact information, comments on how your poems are meant to explore the concept of superheroes, and a brief bio to superheropoetryanthology(at) (replace (at) with @). Please include all materials in one attached (.rtf) document. Simultaneous submissions are fine, as are poems previously published in magazines, chapbooks, and full-length poetry collections. Please note these credits in your bio. Questions? Please email us at superheropoetryanthology(at) (replace (at) with @). More here.

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