Interview with Mensah Demary, Associate Editor of Catapult

May 24th, 2016 by

Mensah Demary is an associate editor for Catapult. Originally from New Jersey, Mensah lives and writes essays in Brooklyn.


Mensah Demary - CatapultWhat are three things we should know about Mensah Demary?

a. I have a soft spot for literary curmudgeons and recluses,

b. I wear an Apple Watch unironically,

c. and I think the modern personal essay is in dire need of reexamination, perhaps renovation, but that’s less important to know about me than the first two things.


Can you give us an intro to Catapult and its mission?

a. Catapult is a for-profit publisher of novels and nonfiction books, a daily online magazine of new literature, and a workshop of writing courses taught by emerging and established authors—the classes are currently held in our NYC office, with online courses coming later this year.

b. Our mission continues to take shape and change form, as all worthwhile missions do, but in short: We publish extraordinary stories by extraordinary people. Some of these people may be what we call “writers” in the professional sense, but extraordinary stories come from all places, from all people. They may not be “writers,” but they too deserve space on our bookshelves and in our daily consumption of online literature.


At AWP in Los Angeles last month, we had the privilege of having you join our panel on Ethnic, Gender, and LGBTQ Diversity in New Media. You talked about the importance of finding a mentor and of being part of a community. In your essay “This Is How You Become an Editor,” you mentioned how, to deal with social anxiety, you “developed tools to navigate a room full of people.” What are some of these tools? Any tips for those of us who feel much more comfortable writing alone than networking and, dare I say, schmoozing?

a. Networking is essential in fostering a professional literary career, which is independent from the more spartan tasks of reading, writing, editing, and publishing. Writers often conflate all of these tasks as “the writing life,” but really, it’s just career management.

b. If everyone in the room, including you, is awkward, then it is more prudent to feign confidence, even if just to stand out. “Fake it until you make it” is the motto.

c. Remember, it’s business. It’s always business.

d. The answer to “how to schmooze”: Get yourself a bourbon, neat, and introduce yourself. You’ll be amazed how much happens on its own after this initial step.


At the AWP panel, you said, “A diverse space is one that is accessible.” What publications or organizations are doing a good job at being accessible?

a. Catapult is so far doing a good job at being accessible, primarily because we’re not interested in promoting “diversity” as a new fashion. Workspaces, especially creative ones, operate best when multiple opinions from various walks of life speak and offer valuable information, and help create then execute successful plans. This is not “diversity,” or its more limp version “inclusion,” but the basic principle which often guides competent organizations and companies to great levels of influence.

b. There really should be no label for what we do; if anything, it should be considered “average” or “banal,” but instead it is considered “exceptional” when, in fact, the continued siloing of people of color in publishing is the gross exception, the warped abnormality.


This is a personal question for me, but a lot of current discussion on diversity has centered around white privilege and racism against African-Americans. As an Asian-American, I sometimes wonder what my responsibilities, privileges, and role are in discussions of diversity. I know this is a loaded question, and impossible to answer in a single interview, but may I ask what your thoughts on this? Where do I start to promote diversity? How do I fit in, or what do I make of it?

a. I think each person needs to find his or her own way to answer these questions. And yes, the discussion on “diversity” is typically defined by a black/white paradigm, a rigid division often excluding others. But the onus on correcting this imbalance, in every manifestation of the word, as it relates to publishing, is on the editorial side, those of us who, whether we like it or not, are seen not only as gatekeepers, but as arbiters of literary taste.

b. A Black writer speaking on issues pertaining to Black writers makes sense; an Asian-American writer doing the same thing also makes sense: each agenda, addressed to power (white men and white women in publishing), is separate from but runs in parallel, and often but not automatically intersects, with each other.

c. The editor, the publisher, on the other hand, is charged with being inclusive, for lack of a better word. It’s his or her responsibility. Literary taste, and publishing access, is as broad or as limited as the gatekeepers, the arbiters, the influencers, want it to be.

d. That’s why editors and publishers of color are so vital.


Can you talk about your experience starting Specter Magazine and how it led to other professional opportunities? At the panel, you, Jennifer 8. Lee, and James Yeh mentioned that starting your own publications/businesses eventually led to other media opportunities. Is this the path you’d recommend for people–especially those from underprivileged groups–who want to get in the door, that they should start their own publication?

a. Specter gave me a nascent, perhaps naive, if narrow, perspective into publishing literature. Starting it didn’t lead to any one opportunity; if anything, its sole purpose for me, professionally, was the way in which it taught me to pursue my passions, mainly because there was no money in it. Running Specter cost money, but the magazine generated no revenue. That’s fine because I loved the project; I loved watching it grow. Specter taught me the value of doing purposeful work.

b. Start a new publication only if that’s what you want to do, and not because it could be one rung along the ladder climb up toward some end goal. Otherwise it’s not worth the trouble. No one will pay you for the pleasure, and no one will care that you’re stressed and angry because a writer is harassing you about the publication date for a piece that will be read by one hundred people and will net the writer zero dollars.


You’re clearly very adept at both writing and cultivating a social media “presence.” Do you think it’s important for writers to be on social media these days, in terms of increasing their likelihood of becoming “successful” writers? How do you balance the amount of time you spend writing vs. posting on social media?

a. I don’t tweet much anymore. I decided over the last few months to dedicate my professional time to writing and editing, with very little room for anything else outside of my family and friends. I personally like Twitter less and less every day.

b. That’s not to say Twitter is a waste of time; it’s not. It can be leveraged to make and establish working relationships, contacts, even friendships, or love.

c. There are some writers who appear to be camping out on Twitter, waiting for a break, the big score, using social media as a get-noticed-quick scheme, and yet they fail to recognize that the “successful” writers, the ones with book deals and cool projects and, yes, even huge Twitter followings, do not, in fact, camp out on Twitter; they often go quiet for stretches at a time, because they’re writing, they’re editing and revising, and they’re publishing.

d. I will concede that a great tweet is far easier to write than a short story anyone would care to read. There’s something to be said about that.


You’ve written quite a lot about dealing with depression. How has dealing with depression shaped or fueled you as a writer?

a. I haven’t been depressed in over two years, this after a decade of seemingly never-ending episodes, with stories and essays to match. Depression no longer shapes or fuels me as a writer, much to the chagrin of my audience, perhaps. Not that my readers wanted me to be sad all of the time, but depression was my aesthetic. I was the sad black writer guy, but not anymore. Now I write about music. I write about old television shows. I write about Black consciousness, the universe, and Kendrick Lamar. This paradigm shift is what shapes and fuels me as a writer now. It thrills me.


What’s next? Any upcoming projects, for you, Catapult, and/or LIT?

a. Both LIT and Specter are now dead; I just don’t have the time. I have about five upcoming projects but they’re not real yet, as in they’re still ideas, plans. They’re just words, magic. These days, I’m writing and editing, but mainly reading.

b. I’m creating, in other words.


asta__MG_6364_ML_color_final_V2 (1)BIO: Asta So is Submittable’s blog editor and editorial director. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana and a BA in English lit from Stanford University. When not writing or sewing, she’s hugging dogs or cooking from her dad’s many Cantonese-style recipes.



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Submishmash Weekly: May 23 – May 30 … Fog, flash, inky-fingers, and audio guides

May 24th, 2016 by

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Publishing & Journalism:

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Twelve things Kelly Luce noticed while reading every short story published during 2014-15.

How dangerous are Digital Humanities? Justin Evans opines.

Dale Peck on the art and writing of the 1980s.

Seeing Through the Fog: Mary Wang’s series on ancient philosophy, medicine, pollution, and modernization in China.

An interview with Mensah Demary, Associate Editor of Catapult.



Some opportunities:

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The Iowa Review is accepting manuscript entries in any genre for their 2016 Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans Writing Contest.

Brevity is seeking flash essays (750 words or fewer) that explore the lived experience of race, racialization, and racism for a special issue.

Laksa Media Groups is calling for science fiction and fantasy stories by authors of Asian ancestry for their anthology, Where the Stars Rise.

Hayden’s Ferry Review seeks flash fiction and poetry for their annual contest.

The Los Angeles Review is accepting form, free verse, prose poems, and experimental styles for Vol. 21: #fuckit.

The Montana Book Festival seeks poetry and prose from emerging writers in MT, ID, WY, OR, and WA for a new regional contest.

Crime Syndicate is seeking crime fiction for the anthology Fast Women and Neon Lights: Eighties-Inspired Neon Noir.


Film & Performance:

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The 6th Annual New Orleans Loving Festival is calling for short films and original artwork with themes concerning Love, Race, Identity, and the Multiracial Experience.

The Leslie Scalapino Award recognizes the importance of exploratory approaches and an innovative spirit in writing for performance.

The Film Consortium San Diego is seeking shorts and features for a local film showcase at the 2016 GI Film Festival.



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The NARS Foundation Juried Solo Exhibition Program aims to create a platform for under-represented artists.

The California Society of Printmakers seeks applicants for their Artist in Residence Program.

Chicago’s Woman Made Gallery invites international, female identified artists worldwide to submit artwork in all themes, styles, and media for 19th International, an open exhibition.

Wonder Fair’s annual juried print show
features the work of exemplary, hot-blooded, inky-finger’d, muscly-armed printmakers.

The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition seeks art by Oklahomans for their traveling show, “24 Works on Paper.”



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Detour, the world’s coolest audio guides, is calling for New York and Los Angelespitches.

ABC’s Soundproof seeks original radio art.



Creative Job Openings:

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Hudson Valley’s Women’s Studio Workshop is seeking a Digital Content Manager.

Hugo House is accepting applications for their Arts Administration Internship.



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New Release: Responsive Forms enable submitters to submit from any device

May 23rd, 2016 by

We’re excited to announce that we’ve released Responsive Forms to all of our Submittable organizations. Submission forms are now responsive on any device, meaning they are optimized to work on any size screen, for any device. With the vast majority of internet users going online through mobile devices–in 2014, U.S. internet users spent 52% of their time online on mobile vs. on desktop (–we’ve made it much easier for organizations to accept submissions from users on any kind of device.


Here’s an overview of Responsive Forms:


1) Submission forms resize to fit any device – Here’s a fun experiment: Open a Submittable submission form on a desktop computer. Keep resizing it and see how beautifully the screen adjusts as you make it smaller and smaller.

Responsive forms are optimized for any kind of device.


2) More tap- and click-friendly – As part of our mission to make forms as professional and, dare we say, gorgeous as possible, we also made them look more streamlined. We’ve made clickable areas bigger, so that it’s easier to tap on buttons and dropdown menus with your fingers on a mobile device or tablet. Category guidelines are now under More next to each category name. Click More to view the guidelines. Click again to close them. Click on the orange Submit or > button to go into the submission form.

It’s now easier to tap and click on forms.


3) No need to zoom or pan on form fields. – Once you click into a submission form, the form fields will resize with your screen. No need to zoom or pan from left to right on your mobile or tablet screen when filling out a form.

No need to zoom or pan in submission forms.


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Submishmash: Weekend Edition – May 20, 2016

May 19th, 2016 by

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Sadie Stein on the literary garden.

Every meal Lucy Snowe nearly eats in Villette.

‘…it was like cold oysters being opened outside a bistro.’ Bee Wilson reviews a new Edith Piaf biography.

Graduates, be careful what you swallow. Ruth Graham questions Oh, the Places You’ll Go! and its dubious advice.

A review of Darjeeling by Jeff Koehler– a history of the world’s best tea.

A deliciously uninhibited interview with Emily Carr, whose favorite animals are the mermaid, the minotaur, & the pterodactyl, in that order.



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The Lifted Brow’s Experimental Non-Fiction Prize is looking to unearth new, audacious, authentic, and/or inauthentic voices from around the world.

Gemini Ink seeks panel proposals from creative writers, editors, and publishers for an inaugural conference on The State of the Book.

All Things Jesbian, a magazine dedicated to publishing work by, for, and about LGBTQA+ Jewish women, accepts fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, plays, visual art/photography, music, and interviews.

London’s Litro Magazine is calling for short fiction, flash/micro fiction, nonfiction, and original artwork for their Cuba issue.

The Ottawa Object seeks short stories that look deeply in to human yearning, especially at the extremes. What fills us when we float through emptiness?

The 2016 Overland Writers Residency will focus on supporting women writers in Australia and New Zealand who are also the sole primary caretakers for one or more children.



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Twenty-two stunning home libraries.

The Zhongsuhge-Hangzhou Bookstore in Eastern China will take your reading beyond this galaxy.

The orderly desk of poet Lynn Melnick.

How to upcycle your awful bookcase.




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Submishmash Weekly: May 16 – May 23

May 17th, 2016 by

Submishmash Weekly is a weekly human-curated newsletter bringing news and opportunities in publishing and other creative industries to artists, filmmakers, and writers. If you enjoy what you read here, please consider forwarding it. New readers can subscribe here. Thanks!


Publishing & Journalism:


Han Kang wins the Man Booker International Prize for Fiction with The Vegetarian.

‘You’re somehow overlooked in plain sight.’ Are you living in a Robert Frost poem?

Gayatri Devi on incessant upgrading.

Chris Kraus reveals how her bestselling book began as a series of letters she did not plan to send.

Virginia Woolf in Vogue Magazine, 1924, discussing how our affection for an author is based on more than their stories.


Some opportunities:

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Fairy Tale Review seeks work along the spectrum of mainstream to experimental, fabulist to realist, for The Translucent Issue.

Each workshop season, Brooklyn Poets awards fellowships to promising students in need.

Barrelhouse is calling for prose book manuscripts, including novels, memoirs, essay collections, story collections, and hybrid prose forms.

The Talking Writing Prize, an annual contest that celebrates original, personally driven writing, is seeking essays on mental illness.

The Little Bird Writing Contest opens each spring when the birds come back, and showcases stories of up to 2,500 words.

VoiceCatcher accepts submissions of poetry, prose, and visual art from women who consider themselves greater Portland, Oregon/Vancouver, and Washington writers and artists.



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The Queens Museum, in partnership with NYC Parks and ArtBuilt, is accepting proposals for ‘Studio in the Park – Residency #3.’

The London Photo Festival & Gallery is calling for international street photography.

Spokane Arts and the Spokane Parks Department are seeking artists to paint ping-pong tables for the Riverfront Park renovation ground breaking event.

Fusion Art invites submissions for its upcoming online exhibition, Light & Shadow, in ‘Traditional’ 2-D mediums and ‘Photography & Digital’ categories.

Celebrity Series of Boston seeks artists to decorate street pianos.



The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association is accepting applications from musical performance groups for the 2017 PMEA Conference.


Creative Job Openings:

Pearson Students is seeking bloggers to inspire, ignite, and engage other students.


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Guest Post: Camp Real Pants Was Really Real

May 16th, 2016 by

Alt-AWP: How two indie publishers created a summer camp at America’s biggest writing conference


It was only day two of AWPbut my head was spinning. I had held a hundred 30-second conversations, listened to ten 75-minute panels, and walked a quarter of the bookfair before needing to join the cafeteria’s long line for weak coffee. So much was happening, yet something was missing. We fled the conference at noon on Friday and walked fifteen blocks to a non-descript concrete building, rode a creaking elevator to the top floor, and stepped into an open studio where a green camping tent sat in the middle. Writer Amelia Gray set a heaping pan of pasta on a folding table. A breeze blew in through the six open windows.

I had arrived at Camp Real Pants.

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Spencer Printing talk printing books at Camp Real Pants.

Each year, during the behemoth that is AWP, Amy McDaniel and Adam Robinson do something different. The pair edit the literary culture site Real Pants and publish books under separate presses (421 Atlanta and Publishing Genius, respectively). Whether it’s a reading on a Chicago subway or a dance party to raise funds for Seattle literacy groups, these two work tirelessly to create unique, communal, away-from-it-all experiences.

And this year, it was a camp. An all-day getaway a mile from the LA Convention Center, Camp Real Pants took place at Astroetic Studios, a historic loft in the heart of LA’s Fashion District. Complete with meals, tents, official highlighter-yellow camper T-shirts, blankets, and beer, the event was unlike anything happening on- or off-site at AWP.

The schedule of camp activities consisted of readings, panels, Q&As, campfire sing-alongs, and plenty of time to chat while breaking bread. “The idea was to create an alternative to spending the whole day under bad lighting at the conference center and shuttling around to all kinds of different panels and readings,” Amy said. “We wanted a more relaxed, convivial atmosphere that cohered around indie publishing in all its dimensions, from representation to printing to distribution to editing to submissions to actual journals and presses…And plenty to eat and drink.”

With the help of sponsors, donors, volunteers, and their own pockets, the two were able to offer free, open admission to their lit summer camp—t-shirts, food, and beer included. “We’re not real event coordinators,” said Adam. “We just want to come up with a cool idea and see if we can make it work.”

It did. Across the ten-hour event, nearly two hundred people found their way to camp. Melissa Broder, Timothy Willis Sanders, Natalie Eilbert, Ginger Ko, and about twenty other readers performed short, energetic sets. Representatives from over a dozen literary organizations stopped by to talk shop. This all added up to the biggest and most structured event Amy and Adam have ever put on, and that was intentional. “We did a lot of whiteboard lists of our dream participants, [and discussed] how to balance and represent different voices. Then we just asked. Mostly everyone said yes, which made for a beautifully hectic schedule,” said Amy.

The day began with lunch made by Amy (mac and cheese, arugula salad, blueberry cobbler), followed by a series of casual, non-traditional readings. Sarah Green stood before the six-sleeper tent and read science poems. Jarod Roselló projected his comic Robot Camp on the studio wall and sat crisscross-applesauce to narrate. Gabe Durham performed hilarious micro-fictions from his book FUN CAMP.

The afternoon’s boot camp was a crash course on each element of the contemporary writing ecosystem. Sessions were brief and interactive. VIDA talked about representation and the results of their newly released 2015 count. Staff from Submittable spoke about the submission side of being a writer. Small Press Distribution answered questions about selling books from independent labels, while Calvert Morgan offered insight into the “Big 5” side of the publishing world. Even Amazon was represented at Camp. “To hear Morgan Parker talk about her work with Little A and Amazon Publishing inspired me and directed my thoughts on what Amazon means for the literary world,” said Adam.

After a dinner break, Camp Real Pants reconvened with readings around a glowing, crackling campfire sculpture (built by artist Jenny Morgan) in order to remind campers what all this publishing, marketing, printing, and writing is really about: community.

It’s important to note: Camp Real Pants was not an anti-AWP endeavor, but rather an alt-AWP adventure. Amy and Adam have attended and enjoyed AWP for years. But CRP provided something a little more personal, more relaxed, a little more real.

While it hasn’t been confirmed, you can expect Camp Real Pants (or something similarly refreshing) to take place in DC at AWP 2017. “I want to push [Camp Real Pants] even more into ‘publishing think tank’ territory,” Amy said. “So many interesting connections emerged in the afternoon, and I want to think about other ways to promote and facilitate that.”

When I try to recall my first AWP even one month later, what I feel is the atmosphere of that studio. Camp Real Pants opened my eyes to the fact that all the people at AWP, the best-selling presenters, the beautiful presses, the swarms of badged crowds moving from room to room—they’re all Real People. People who eat, and sweat, and laugh, and write and publish, and also sit on floors and sing.


Note: The opinions expressed by guest bloggers at the Submittable blog are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Submittable. 


BIO: Tyler Barton is a fiction editor at the Blue Earth Review, an MFA candidate at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a writer of short stories. Find his published work at Find his jokes at @goftyler.



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Submishmash: Weekend Edition – May 13, 2016

May 13th, 2016 by

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Food in books: the tomato sandwiches in Harriet the Spy.

‘…A moral quandary as delicious as any in James.’ Edith Wharton in the Novella Challenge.

Writers to the kitchen?

Weekend tunes with DJ Junot Diaz.

The case for non-IKEA writing.

‘We have no choice but to experience joy in that moment.’ Jericho Brown on making poems.



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The National Parks Arts Foundation offers classic and new media artist residencies in New Mexico’s Pecos National Historic Park.

Meat for Tea seeks recipes, poetry, art, short and flash fiction, and essays for their ‘Ceylon’ issue.

The Grief Diaries, a magazine of art and writing about loss, is holding a design contest for their tote bags.

Banango Street is reading for an all-creative nonfiction issue, edited by Katie Jean Shinkle and Muriel Leung.

Rose Red Review is calling for submissions of art, photography, fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.

Literary Death Match is sponsoring a 250-Word Bookmark Contest judged by Daniel Handler.



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A Japanese hostel where you can sleep in a bookcase.

Your future car will include a bookshelf.

The thriving legacy of a 94-year-old typewriter repair man.


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May Submission Opportunities

May 12th, 2016 by














05/13/2016  Athens Popfest – Bands

05/13/2016  Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts – ARTSCAPE 2016, Baltimore Book Festival F&B

05/13/2016  Center For Book Arts – Scholars for Advanced Studies in Book Arts, Artist Members Exhibition

05/13/2016  Del Sol Press – Fiction: Del Sol Press First Novel Competition

05/13/2016  Downtown Akron Partnership – Market on Cascade

05/13/2016  NEW INC – NEW INC Internship Application

05/13/2016  Norman Arts Council – Arts Education Scholarships

05/13/2016  Pathos Literary Magazine – Poetry, Prose, Visual Art

05/13/2016  SELFISH – issue four – HOT & BOTHERED

05/13/2016  Spotlight Education – Spotlight Showcase Orchestra

05/13/2016  The Saltire Society – Arts in Public Places

05/14/2016  40th Street Artist-in-Residence Program – Application for 2016-2017 Residency

05/14/2016  Breed – Weekly Showcase #107

05/14/2016  Griffith Review – Griffith Review The Novella Project IV – Submissions

05/14/2016  Hawaiʻi Review – Reviews, UHM Student(s) of the Month

05/14/2016  Hurston Wright Foundation – Hurston/Wright Writers Week 2016

05/14/2016  Kennedy Center – VSA Playwright Discovery Competition, Youth Fellowship Program, Etc

05/15/2016  American Literary Translators Association – 2016 ALTA Mentorship

05/15/2016  Arcadia – Prize in Fiction, Prize in Nonfiction, Prize in Poetry

05/15/2016  Atlantic Center for the Arts – Residency #163

05/15/2016  Balkan Press – Balkan Press Manuscript Submission

05/15/2016  BlogU Conference – Be You, Humor, Heart, Hot Topic

05/15/2016  Boldface Writer’s Conference – Manuscript Consultation, AWP attendee registration

05/15/2016  Breakwater Review – Fiction Contest, The Peseroff Prize Poetry Contest

05/15/2016  Carve Magazine – Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

05/15/2016  Chowan University – Poetry, Fiction, & Creative Nonfiction/Essay Submission

05/15/2016  Coffee House Press – Coffee Sleeve Conversations

05/15/2016  Cordite Poetry Review – Poetry Submissions to Cordite 55: FUTURE MACHINES

05/15/2016  Crab Creek Review – 2016 Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize

05/15/2016  Digging Through The Fat – Community

05/15/2016  Entangled Publishing – Lovestruck call for submissions: HOLIDAY STORIES


05/15/2016  Ex Ophidia Press – Ex Ophidia Press Poetry Book Contest

05/15/2016  Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction

05/15/2016  Franklin Learning Showcase – 2016 Franklin Learning Showcase Abstract Submissions

05/15/2016  Gazing Grain Press – Prose/Hybrid Chapbook Contest, Poetry/Hybrid Chapbook Contest

05/15/2016  GoggleWorks Center for the Arts – 2016 Cup Show

05/15/2016  Gorge Literary Journal – Flash Fiction, Essay/Memoir, Poetry/Verse

05/15/2016  Guttenberg Arts – Braddock Park Art Festival Artist Application $100 Full / $50 Half Table

05/15/2016  H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute – Flatfile & Digitalfile Reservation Request

05/15/2016  JMWW – The Claudia Emerson Poetry Chapbook Award

05/15/2016  Journalism and Women Symposium – Emerging Journalist Fellowship, JAWS Fellowship

05/15/2016  Lost Horse Press – The Idaho Prize for Poetry 2016

05/15/2016  Luna Station Quarterly – Issue 027

05/15/2016  Lynx House Press – Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry 2016

05/15/2016  Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute – Open Call PrattMWP School of Art Gallery

05/15/2016  Noemi Press – Noemi Press Book Award for Poetry, Noemi Press Book Award for Fiction

05/15/2016  paper nautilus – Debut Series Chapbook Contest

05/15/2016  Playwrights Local 4181 – 2016 Open Submissions

05/15/2016  Point of Convergence – Book Cover

05/15/2016  Psychopomp Magazine – Open Fiction Submission – Flash

05/15/2016  Ragdale – Alice Hayes Writers Fellowship, High School Arts Week, Ragdale Residency

05/15/2016  Ruminate Magazine – Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize

05/15/2016  Salt Hill Journal – Dead Lake Chapbook Competition

05/15/2016  Slideluck – Slideluck Roma III, SLIDELUCK Bogota V

05/15/2016  Southern Exposure – Southern Exposure Open Submissions April 2016

05/15/2016  Spider Road Press – 2016 Spider’s Web Flash Fiction Prize

05/15/2016  Spread the Word – Flight Journal – Issue 2 [Spring 2016]

05/15/2016  Spring Creek Project – Shotpouch Collaborative Retreat, Andrews Forest Writers’ Residencies

05/15/2016  Storyknife Writers Retreat – 2016 Storyknife Residency Fellow

05/15/2016  subTerrain Magazine – LUSH 2016 Creative Non-Fiction, Fiction, & Poetry

05/15/2016  Switchback – Your History Contest

05/15/2016  Tampa Bay Theatre Festival – Full Length Play Submissions, Short Play Submissions

05/15/2016  The Blueshift Journal – The Blueshift Prizes: Brutal Nation Poetry & Prose

05/15/2016  The Boiler Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction

05/15/2016  The Cedric Literary Awards – Creative Non-fiction, Fiction, Poetry

05/15/2016  The Poet’s Haven – The Poet’s Haven Author Series

05/15/2016  The Supplement – Non-Fiction, Fiction

05/15/2016  Urban Land Magazine – Urban Land 40 under 40 Nominations 2016

05/15/2016  VoiceCatcher: A journal of women’s voices & visions – Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

05/15/2016  Wills Court Press – The Maker Files

05/15/2016  Writing for Children and Teens – RLGL: Round 7 – LONGER WORKS

05/15/2016  Written Image – Alumni Feature 2016, Student Feature 2016, Student Short 2016

05/15/2016  Yale ISM Congregations Project – 2016 Conference Registration

05/15/2016  Yellow Chair Review – Prince Tribute Anthology

05/15/2016  YesYes Books – 2016 Open Reading Period: Poetry Full-length

05/15/2016  Zimbell House Publishing, LLC – Anthology: Tournament Games

05/15/2016  Zoetic Press – NonBinary Review #9: A Study in Scarlet, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

05/16/2016  American Poetry Review – Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize

05/16/2016  Artspace – 2016 City of Peterborough—Downtown Mural Project

05/16/2016  Ayn Rand Institute – Campus Activism Contest

05/16/2016  Be Inspired PR – How To Make Your Dad Feel Special on Your Wedding Day

05/16/2016  Center For Book Arts – Scholars for Advanced Studies in Book Arts, Artist Members Exhibition

05/16/2016  Creative Nonfiction – Joy, Joy: Reading Fee + Subscription

05/16/2016  DEPS – C33 Gallery & Curatorial Proposals- Student Exhibition Proposals

05/16/2016  Drawing Futures – Drawing Futures Call for Works

05/16/2016  En Foco – En Foco Photography Fellowship

05/16/2016  Friends Journal – Aug 2016: Quaker Spaces

05/16/2016  Gold Line | Ricochet – Ricochet Graphic Novella/Short Story Collection

05/16/2016  Homebound Publications – Homebound Publications Poetry Prize

05/16/2016  Houston Arts Alliance – Indoor Murals Commission for The Kroger Company

05/16/2016  IWMF – Adelante Reporting Initiative Fellowship – Colombia & El Salvador

05/16/2016  LampLight Magazine – Fiction Submissions, Volume 5

05/16/2016  Lines + Stars – L+S PRESS 2016 Mid-Atlantic Chapbook Series

05/16/2016  Summit Artspace Gallery – Window Installation: Call for Entry

05/16/2016  WonderRoot – Walthall Artist Fellowship 2016-2017

05/16/2016  Wysing Arts Centre – Invitation to Apply: Study Week devised by Jesse Darling

05/17/2016  Banango Street – Issue 12: Creative Nonfiction

05/17/2016  Crab Orchard Review – Poetry Prize, Fiction Prize, Nonfiction Prize

05/17/2016  Idea Exchange – Idea Exchange: The Brush Off

05/17/2016  MTSU Todd Art Gallery – BORO ART CRAWL Application Deadline: May 15th

05/17/2016  WUD Publications – Publications Committee Leadership Application

05/18/2016  Antenna – Blights Out Artist Fellowship: Request for Proposals

05/18/2016  Carnegie Mellon University English Department – Excellence in First Year Writing Awards

05/18/2016  Forward Arts Foundation – Forward Prizes Manager

05/18/2016  Literary Death Match – Literary Death Match’s 250-Word Bookmark Contest

05/18/2016  SCAD Painting – B.F.A. Senior Exhibition: Spring 2016

05/18/2016  SpaceX FIRST Internship – SpaceX FIRST Internship

05/18/2016  Suffragette City – Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry

05/20/2016  Adirondack Center for Writing – Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry

05/20/2016  Cleveland Bazaar – Center & Main Market Seville

05/20/2016  Falcon Ridge Folk Festival – Emerging Artist Showcase

05/20/2016  Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning – Making Moves Dance Festival

05/20/2016  National Parks Arts Foundation – NPAF Pecos National Historic Park

05/20/2016  New Hampshire State Council on the Arts – FY2017 Arts in Health Artist Directory

05/20/2016  Rose Red Review – Art, Photography, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry

05/20/2016  Slideluck – Slideluck Roma III, SLIDELUCK Bogota V

05/20/2016  St. Lawrence County Arts Council – 2017 Fine Art Up North calendar

05/20/2016  The Grief Diaries – CONTEST: Design our new tote bags!

05/20/2016  UNC-TV – Submit to Reel South Season 2

05/20/2016  Writers’ Trust of Canada – 2016 Writers’ Trust Fellowship

05/21/2016  Goliath Magazine – Art

05/21/2016  Meat for Tea: The Valley Review – Recipes, Flash , Art, Poetry, Short Fiction, Essays

05/21/2016  The NOCCA Institute 5 Press Gallery – Summer Break Open Call – Deadline Extended

05/22/2016  ArtsWorcester – Terra Firma: Open Members Exhibition

05/22/2016  ASEEES – ASEEES Davis Graduate Student Travel Grant

05/22/2016  Brooklyn Poets – Brooklyn Poets Fellowships

05/22/2016  Fort Worth Community Arts Center – pARTy On Crockett: Call for Artists 2016

05/22/2016  Icarus Down Review – Ongoing & Series, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Memoir & Personal Essay

05/22/2016  National Association of Writers in Education – Conference Proposals, Writing in Education

05/22/2016  Scholarship Programs – 2016 Civil Society Professionals Program

05/23/2016  Artist Trust – 2016 Literary EDGE Application, 2016 Visual EDGE Application

05/23/2016  Bright Wall/Dark Room – Steven Spielberg (pitches)

05/23/2016  Crain’s Detroit Business – 2016 40 Under 40 Candidate Form

05/23/2016  Interlochen Arts Academy Creative Writing – Festival Chapbook, Review Revisions

05/23/2016  London Photo Festival – Street Photography 2016

05/23/2016  Talking Writing – Contest 2016: TW Prize for Personal Essay on Mental Illness

05/25/2016  Endever Publishing Studios – “Happily Ever After…”

05/25/2016  Fairy Tale Review – Poetry, Prose, Artwork

05/25/2016  Fusion Art – Light & Shadow (June 2016)

05/25/2016  Gemini Ink – Gemini Ink 2016 Writers Conference—Call for Panelists

05/25/2016  Hospitalfield – Creative Scotland Screenwriters Workshops 2016

05/25/2016  Litro Magazine – Cuba: July 2016 (Print Magazine)

05/25/2016  Queens Museum – Studio in the Park – Residency #3

05/25/2016  Spokane Arts – Riverfront Park Mobile Murals

05/25/2016  Writer’s Relief – WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook Contest

05/25/2016  ZO Magazine – High School PHOTOGRAPHY, ART, & POETRY

05/26/2016  Tucson Pima Arts Council – Call to Artists: Nakoma Sky – A Posada Life Community

05/27/2016  Barrelhouse – Book Manuscripts (Prose)

05/27/2016  Celebrity Series of Boston – Decorate a Piano!

05/27/2016  Dialectic – Theoretical speculations, Long-form case study reports, Etc.

05/27/2016  Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery – 6th Annual “Animals” Online Art Competition

05/27/2016  PMEA – Annual Conference Session Proposal Form, Performing Group Application

05/27/2016  Sarah Selecky – Little Bird Writing Contest 2016

05/27/2016  ThrewLine Books – The Ottawa Object: Short Fiction

Submishmash Weekly May 9 – May 16

May 10th, 2016 by

Submishmash Weekly is a weekly human-curated newsletter bringing news and opportunities in publishing and other creative industries to artists, filmmakers, and writers. If you enjoy what you read here, please consider forwarding it. New readers can subscribe here. Thanks!


Publishing & Journalism:

An interview with Jessa Crispin prompted a swift response (and discount) from The Paris Review.

Amanda Hess examines what our online avatars reveal about us.

“Originally, I think, her motivation was shyness mixed with a nascent idea that books had to have a life of their own.” Michael Reynolds on Elena Ferrante and class consciousness.

According to author Bronwen Dickey, the idea of pit bulls as predators is based on myth and misinformation.

“Most things worth learning are difficult,” writes Rebecca Hazelton in an essay on the value of poetic forms.


Some opportunities:

Essay Press seeks book-length manuscripts that extend or challenge the formal range of nonfiction. Collaborative manuscripts, digital, and hybridized text/art manuscripts all are encouraged.

Yellow Chair Review will pay tribute to the late Prince in an upcoming online issue featuring poetry, art, and stories.

The Cedric Literary Awards seeks fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, by unpublished authors over the age of 50.

OSU’s Spring Creek Project Collaborative Retreat is a two-week opportunity for a pair of participants pursuing a joint project. At least one of the applicants must be a writer who takes inspiration from the natural world.

Lines + Stars Mid-Atlantic Chapbook Series seeks up to 30 pages of poetry and short prose from writers residing in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, or Pennsylvania.


Film & Performance:

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The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learninginvites New York City-based dance companies to apply for their seventh annual “Making Moves,” a dance celebration to be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

Reel South seeks films about the American South, highlighting the best non-fiction storytelling from the region. Films must be primarily shot in the South, and preferably made by filmmakers living and working there.


Blights Out, a New-Orleans based initiative, seeks multidisciplinary artists, ideally with organizing experience, for their Artist/Activist Fellowship Program.

Sideluck, a Brooklyn-based arts non-profit organization, is currently accepting slideshows of up to 40 images from artists wishing to show in Rome, Bogota, and Mid River Valley, Vermont.

Drawing Futures, a new international peer-reviewed conference on speculative drawing for art and architecture, is accepting submissions.

Atlanta’s Wonderroot arts organization seeks applicants for its signature professional development program, the Walthall Artist Fellowship.



New York’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival is open to musical performance applicants for their Grassy Hill Emerging Artist Showcase.


Creative Job Openings:

SpaceX FIRST seeks high school seniors for their internship program, designed to support the next generation of amazing engineers and innovators.


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Submishmash Weekly May 2 – May 9

May 3rd, 2016 by

Submishmash Weekly is a weekly human-curated newsletter bringing news and opportunities in publishing and other creative industries to artists, filmmakers, and writers. If you enjoy what you read here, please consider forwarding it. New readers can subscribe here. Thanks!


Publishing & Journalism:

“By the power of Beyoncé, I will overcome my fear” – Roxane Gay on feminism and Lemonade.

Ryan Harrington discusses Walt Whitman’s Manly Health and Training, a 47,000-word treatise on self-care.

Tin House’s Pamela Erens highlights the 5 best childbirth scenes in contemporary lit.

Molly Worthen believes we shouldn’t say “I feel like.”

Robert P. Baird on the writerly life and death of Jenny Diski.


Some opportunities:

Del Sol Press seeks original, unique, and accessible work with an edge for their First Novel Competition. Winner receives $1500 and publication.

Gazing Grain Press is calling for feminist writing from all genders and sexualities for their Poetry/Hybrid and Prose/Hybrid Texts Chapbook Contests.

Laguna Beach’s Third Street Writers is seeking short stories, personal essays, and poems for their inaugural literary review Beach Reads, Volume 1, themed “Here Comes the Sun.”

The Hurston/Wright Foundation, dedicated to discovering and honoring Black writers, is accepting applications for their Summer Writers Week.

THEM, a literary journal of trans writers, accepts poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, experimental writing, and art for their annual publication.


Film & Performance:

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Hillyer Art Space seeks performance artists, dancers, choreographers, and live art makers in Washington, D.C., for Intimately Public, a one-night event.


NEW INC, NYC’s first museum-led incubator, is accepting applications for their upcoming term from experimental artists in all genres, including design and technology.

Virginia’s Torpedo Factory Art Center seeks artists from North America working in all visual media for their Target Gallery Open Exhibition Call.

Ox-Bow of Chicago is seeking applicants for their Fall Artists’ and Writers’ Residency Program.

Santa Monica’s bG Gallery is calling for multimedia artistic work (predominantly in a single color) for inclusion in Spectrum-Gestalt 3.



Athens Popfest, a multi-day musical event in Georgia, is accepting applications from musicians.



Creative Job Openings:

The Ayn Rand Institute seeks seasonal student interns for their offices in Southern California and Washington, D.C.

Persephone’s Daughters, a lit mag dedicated to empowering abused women, is calling for new staff members in poetry, prose, art, and technology.


This email was put together by Asta, Michael, Laurie, JR, Caitlin, Rachel, and your team at Submittable. If you have news that you think we missed, please send it to Got high-quality writing or artwork related to publishing or digital media? Consider submitting it to our blog. If you enjoy what you read here, please forward it to help spread the word. New readers can subscribe here. Thanks!