Publishing & Journalism:
Limited only by imagination, literary designers rethink the digital reading experience (99u).
Wikipedia editing for greater visibility, chipping away at the website’s blind spots (The Outline).
“The trauma of nations is often best understood through fiction” (Electric Literature).
Queer comics have a moment (Lambda Literary).
Relocating the investment of African film (Quartz).
Theatre and music as tools for child sexual abuse prevention (YES! Magazine).
The pluses and minuses of the spoiler: Cognitive science explains the power of the plot twist (The Conversation).
The newest City of Literature—only the second such one in the U.S.—defines itself (Crosscut).
A linguistic dust-up in the world of romance lit (Vox).
Behind the scenes of our poetry contest (Submittable).
Writers at Work invites applications to its Generative Conference in Alta, Utah, with workshops by award-faculty in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.
Writers, musicians, singers, and screenwriters are encouraged to apply to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Summer Residency through the National Parks Arts Foundation. Includes housing and a $2000 stipend.
Into the Void is seeking fiction, flash, poetry, creative nonfiction, and visual art. Also offers editing services for short stories, novel opening, and longer works, by Editor-in-Chief Philip Elliott.
The Firelight Media Documentary Lab is an 18-month fellowship program that supports filmmakers from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities working on their first or second feature-length documentary film.
For its Displaced: ‘Design for Inclusive Cities’ competition, Design in Public seeks proposals of urban design solutions that promote belonging, dignity and resilience for immigrants and refugees navigating the challenges of urban life.
Cambridge Writers’ Workshop seeks applications to its summer writing retreats in Paris and Granada.
New Orleans-based visual artists are invited to apply to the Artist-in-Residence program at the Joan Mitchell Center.
subTerrain seeks fiction, nonfiction, and poetry on the theme of ‘Margins’.
The California Society of Printmakers is hosting a national juried competition, open to all printmakers, responding to the challenge of climate change.
Hugo House seeks a summer intern to support its Scribes writing camp for middle- and high-school students.
Writing of all kinds wanted by Eclectica Magazine.
Prose wanted by Another Chicago Magazine.
NYMBM seeks LGBTQIA+ submissions to publish during Pride Month. Also seeking general submissions of fiction, music, visual art, and more.
One-act and fifteen-minute plays sought by Magnolia & Vine.
Conduit is looking for previously unpublished poetry and prose that demonstrates originality, intelligence, courage, irreverence, and humanity.
Recipes, recommendations, dreams, and more, wanted by Perm Press, an electronic arts magazine.
What We’re Listening To:
Have you heard? The Submishmash Weekly playlist on Spotify gets updated each and every Tuesday.
Just in time for Memorial Day, our new playlist, “summer-soaked sound.” Fourteen hours to soundtrack your BBQ’s, poolside lounging, and suntanning. Golden vibes from PYNKIE, Jonathan Richman, Liquid Liquid and more.
What We’re Reading:
As part of Submittable’s May book club, eight team members read West with the Night by Beryl Markham. Here are some thoughts from the group’s coordinator (and Web Engineer), Genevieve Crow:
Beryl Markham was the first woman to fly solo, non-stop across the Atlantic from east to west. She also wrote sentences Hemingway envied, beautiful sentences. Her memoir offers candid glimpses of many places: elephant hunts in African wilderness, high-society horse races in Kenya, and, most interestingly, the silent place, alone, at the flightdeck. When it comes to the future, Markham advises us to face it boldly.
For next month, 10 team members are planning to read The Unsettlers by Mark Sundeen.
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