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Oregon Humanities is Seeking Essays on 'Might' - Pays up to $800/article

Oregon Humanities magazine, a tri-annual literary arts publication, has issued a new call for submissions to curate narrative essays on the theme of “MIGHT” for the Fall/Winter 2016 issue.

Led by Editor Kathleen Holt, the staff invites Oregon writers to interpret the word and craft a true story about about opportunity and possibility, what might be, what ought to be, what we anticipate and desire. Contribute a story about using power, strength, or energy to cause something to manifest or to prevent something from occurring.

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Annemarie Schwarzenbach was a Swiss writer, journalist, photographer and traveler who produced more than 300 articles and 5,000 photographs from her journeys across Europe, the United States, the Middle East and Africa.

Schwarzenbach was born in 1908 in Horgen near Zurich, Switzerland to one of the richest families in Switzerland at the time. From an early age she dressed in stereotypically masculine clothing which led to her frequently being mistaken for a boy. She studied German, History and Music at school and expressed ambitions to become a general, then a dancer and a pianist. She continued her education at the University of Zurich, earning a degree in history at the age of 23. While at University, she began writing and shortly after her graduation she published her first novel, Freunde um Bernhard (Bernhard’s Circle).

In 1930, Schwarzenbach moved to Berlin where she met Erika Mann and the two began a short lived romantic relationship. After their break up, Schwarzenbach remained friends with both Erika, and her brother Klaus who first introduced her to Morphine, a drug which she would become addicted to. “"She lived dangerously. She drank too much. She never went to sleep before dawn", recalled her friend Ruth Landshoff. Her androgynous beauty fascinated and attracted both men and women.”

In 1933, Schwarzenbach’s life changed following the Nazi take-over. Her family had close ties with the far-right Swiss Fronts, who were associated with Nazi Germany. Schwarzenbach, like the Mann’s, was an anti-fascist and refused to join her parents support of Hitler. She began travelling, first to Italy, France and Scandinavia and then on to Spain with the photographer Marianne Breslauer. During ten years of travel, she wrote more than 300 articles and took 5,000 photographers from her journeys across Europe, the United States, the Middle East and Africa.

While visiting Tehran, she met and married Claude Clarac, a French diplomat. Her diplomatic passport was hugely beneficial in her continuing travels, although the relationship only lasted for five months as neither Schwarzenbach nor Clarac were heterosexual. Schwarzenbach’s photographs would document the rise of Fascism in Europe, and she later travelled to the USA where she captured the lives of those in poverty during the depression. She travelled from New York to the Deep South and her photographs are claimed to be the only ones shot by a foreign photographer.

Schwarzenbach wrestled with her addiction to Morphine, and at one point travelled from Geneva to Kabula with ethnologist Ella Maillart in an attempt to get clean. Although she tried many times to free herself from the morphine, all were unsuccessful. Schwarzenbach then returned to the USA, reuniting with the Manns and working on a committee to aid refugees from Europe. She became involved with writer Carson McCullers, but struggled with her feelings for her old friend Erika mann. She sunk into depression and was hospitalised following a suicide attempt.

Schwarzenbach’s terms of release stated she must leave the USA, and she briefly returned to Switzerland and began travelling again. She travelled to the Free French in the Belgian Congo and later applied for a position as a correspondent for a Swiss newspaper in Lisbon. In 1942, Schwarzenbach fell from her bicycle and suffered a serious head injury which led to her death a few short months later at the age of 34. Her mother refused to let either her former husband, nor her friends visit her. Upon her death, Schwarzenbach’s mother destroyed all her letters and diaries although a friend saved her writings and photographs which were later archived in the Swiss Literary Archives in Bern.

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Calls for Submissions

Attention writers and artists of all ages!

CICADA is looking for submissions for not one, but TWO fabulous themes:

Fairy Tales & Folklore [REMIXED]

CICADA YA lit/comics magazine is looking for fairy tales and folklore with a twist—we want you to take familiar stories and dress them up; dress them down; give them some bite; shine a different light on them. Tell us a dark and weird tale from your culture, or show us something new. Let the wolf win. Stick all of those tired old folktale tropes in a blender, add genre-savviness and a dash of hot sauce, and serve over ice.

Send us short fiction, poetry, essays, and comics pitches by August 20, 2016.

The Deep

CICADA YA lit/comics magazine wants you to take us down to the darkest ocean trenches, the distant reaches of outer space, the strangest corners of the human psyche. Tell us a tale about someone who is in too deep, with no choice but to keep going deeper. Turn a light on and show us all the bizarre, monstrous things wriggling around in the dark. (Let’s be honest—this call is totally a desperate plea for stories about creepy evil deep-sea merpeople. And aliens. We could always use more aliens.)

Send us short fiction, poetry, essays, and comics pitches by September 20, 2016.

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When someone starts spouting nonsense about Lewis Carroll and they clearly don’t know what they’re talking about.
Women Writers Needed to Submit Dark Fiction Stories for Mantid Magazine - Pays $25/story

Mantid Magazine is curating dark fiction stories from women writers for the Summer 2016 issue. The publication celebrates modern weird storytelling created by writers and artists of diverse backgrounds, including socially-disadvantaged groups in society.

The editors have received enough poetry, but still need stories in the following categories:

  • Horror
  • Avant-garde
  • Experimental
  • Dark Fantasy
  • Dark Fairy Tales
  • Dark Science Fiction
  • Magic Realism
  • Surrealism

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Happy Birthday Ernest Hemingway! (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961)

Letter from Ernest Hemingway to his mother, Grace Hall Hemingway, postmarked January 6, 1930. Includes envelope addressed to Mrs. Grace Hall Hemingway, 600 North Kenilworth Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois, Etats Unis. Text of letter reads: “Dear Mother: Enclosed checks for Jan. and Feb – am sorry not to have sent checks before – but have been sick; worried by leaving, packing and many things – am arranging trust fund to start in April – hope to get fixed up by warm climate of Key West, exercise etc. Haven’t been able to write since Nov. Hope you are all fine and Sunny on the mend again – write me care Chas. Scribner’s Sons – S. Ave. at 48th Street – N.Y.C. Wish you could sell the house – George R. Hemingway should be forced to take it. Best Happy New Year to you all – we sail by various ports Jan. 10th for Key West. Love to all the family, Ernie.”

  • Courtesy of Rare Book Collection, Detroit Public Library

She loves secrets 
and so she loved secretly

Love is when she glances
at you at her peripheral view
catching you rubbing your 
eyebrows that she saw
was a meadow of paradise

Love is when she breaks
an awkward eye contact
like entering the males’ bathroom
instead of the females’

She loves secrets
and so she loved secretly

Love is when she peeps
at your almost-jungle looking 
classroom full of trees, and animals,
and flowers, and butterflies
and the whole zoo in her stomach

Love is diving subconsciously
and detecting you
in a sea of crowd,

Love is knowing you’re around
even without looking

Love is when she teases
you with another girl, she wished
she was, and she laughs ha-ha-ha
screaming yiiiieee while her
heart develops another crack

Love is still loving you even if
all trees, and animals,
and flowers, and butterflies
and the whole zoo in her stomach
burning under a wildfire

She loves secrets
and so she loved you secretly

Calling all literary magazines, and emerging writers!

PEN America is delighted to announce our newest literary award, the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers, which will recognize twelve emerging fiction writers for their debut short story published in 2016. 

Each of the winners will receive a $2,000 cash prize and will be included in an anthology published by independent book publisher Catapult, in a further effort to launch the winners’ careers as fiction writers. 

All eligible literary magazines are invited to submit their authors’ works published in 2016 for consideration. Submissions will be accepted through November 11, 2016. All publishers interested in submitting their author’s work can find more information on the award, and submission guidelines here

We are thrilled to note that as of July 11, 2016, the following publishers have agreed to participate in the inaugural PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize. If you are a publisher that plans to submit to the prize, please write to to have your name added to the list below!

A Public Space
Baltimore Review
Bellevue Literary Review
Chicago Review
Cimarron Review
Day One
Electric Literature
Fiction International
Harvard Review
Hudson Review
Idaho Review
Iowa Review
Kelsey Review
Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet
Little Star
Malahat Review
Massachusetts Review
New England Review
New Letters
North American Review
One Story
Prairie Schooner
Press 53
Puerto del Sol
Quarter After Eight
Quarterly West
Red Rock Review
River Styx
Sonora Review
The Common
The Gettysburg Review
The Literary Review
The Missouri Review
The New Yorker
The Paris Review
The Southern Review
The Stinging Fly
The Sun Magazine
Tin House
Virginia Quarterly
Washington Square Review


Ako ‘to! Ako 'to! Ako talaga ito! Naiinis yung mga kaibigan ko sa akin kapag nakakagawa ako ng bagong story. Hindi ko daw tinatapos eh. Nabibitin sila. Ang interesting daw ng simula tapos hindi nila matapos tapos kasi tamad akong magsulat. Sorry naman mga 'tol. Once magstop na ako, di ko kaya ipagpatuloy. Nawawala na yung idea eh. Pasensiya naman. Huhu.

Madami kasi akong naiisip na plot. Minsan hindi ko matranslate into words kasi nakakatamad at nauubusan ako ng English words. English writer kasi ako eh wala akong talent sa pagsusulat ng stories na tagalog. Yung tipong gumagamit ng “Umiling siya” blahblah. Waley aketch talent ng ganun. Mehehe.

Anoba. Pero try ko talaga tapusin yung story ko na underconstruction pa. Hindi ako magprapramis. Baka maghintay kayo sa wala. Bwahaha. Labyo guys. Alam niyo yan. Soon to be writer ito! Hintayin niyo lang kapag hindi na ako tamarin. Lol

Plenitude Magazine Raises Rates and Seeks Submissions of Queer Literature - Pays $60/story

Plenitude Magazine has updated its writer’s guidelines and is inviting submissions from freelance writers. The quarterly online magazine supports the progress and advancement of LGBTTQI literature by publishing diverse literary works by both aspiring and experienced LGBTTQI writers.

The editors interpret queer literature and arts as works produced by LGBTTQI people, instead of works which showcase queer literature by itself.

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this is not a
tragedy. this is not a poem,
and you are not made of
stardust and fire, you are
no longer forever out of reach.
and i’m not made of still water and
marble monuments anymore,
and for the first time in centuries,
our bodies are big enough to contain
each other’s hearts and nothing
is stopping us
from loving each other until the stars burn out.
but we can’t.
that’s the thing:
we can’t. and
things work nowadays, but
we don’t. and
that’s not your fault, it’s
just that the sink is
faulty. like my heart. like
your hands. like the both of us.
it’s just we learned back in
a world set on murdering us.
we have everything now and we
can’t figure out a way to hold it.

old relics, the both of us.
you, a saint and i don’t get a sidenote
in history textbooks now. but
we were born back when it was
fighting and blood and witches and pyre,
i’m not sure what
a happy ending is but the
rest of the world figured it out.

but here’s the thing: we could learn.
maybe if we become more than
fossils at the dawn of this new age
where things don’t have
to end in charred bones. neither of us
know what we’re supposed
to do now. who we’re supposed
to become.

so find a cause and
figure a way out of the past.
i’ll follow you, but don’t
stop for me. we’ll
hold hands instead.
you can’t carry us both. you
can’t carry all of this. i’ll hold you
and you hold me and you can
be a little softer now and i
can be a little stronger.
no pyres here. no
living without me, do you promise?
you’ve always been the fighter,
so teach me how, and i’ll become your
comrade in arms, and we will become
soldiers again, screaming
revolution. this time,
let’s fight for a happy ending.



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Parabola magazine is Accepting Nonfiction Articles for Winter 2017 Issue - Pays up to $400/article

Parabola, a quarterly publication on world culture, folklore, and religion, is accepting non-fiction, non-academic articles for the Winter 2017 issue. The theme is called “Generosity and Service"—essays and articles that explore the meaning of the theme as manifested globally in world beliefs, symbolic representations, and theological cultures. The publication pays strong attention to the dependence between religion and present day life.

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sorry i ruined the tobias jesso jr. concert. By Julia Gaskill

The July issue of The Rising Phoenix Review is officially underway.

Our feature poem for July 17th is sorry i ruined the tobias jesso jr. concert. By Julia Gaskill

Here is an excerpt from Julia’s poem:

The blood moon cries:
the world thinks her beautiful but
doesn’t take note how she shows
her innards at every autumn’s turn.

Read the full poem here.


Editing and Beyond MasterList

Thank you all so much for your love on the last masterlist I made. As I’m currently working on editing my own manuscript for Vigilant, I thought I would make a brand new one! Let me know what kinds of masterlists you want me to make in the future!




GUTS magazine is Accepting Essays on ‘LOVE’ - Paying Writer’s Market

GUTS magazine has announced the editors are soliciting submissions for its Fall 2016 issue with a theme called “LOVE.” The biannual Canadian feminist-focused magazine publishes formal essays and reviews, nonfiction and fiction stories, and in-depth interviews that advance feminist coverage, criticism, and identity in Canada.

For this issue the editors are asking writers to contemplate love’s usefulness, faults, forms, disappointments, and possibilities. What can or can’t love do?
To you is love strengthening or tiring, resolving or disruptive, comfort or pain, political or passive? The editors want to understand what you consider love.

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Ruminate magazine Opens Reading Period for Poetry and Fiction - Pays up to $200/story

Ruminate magazine (est. 2006), a quarterly literary arts publication, has opened a reading period to solicit both poetry and fiction. The editors welcome themes that express the appeal, creativity, and paradoxes of the human experience, as well as topics that both discreetly and openly engage faith from all the world religions.

Ruminate celebrates the enigmas of life, faith, and art–and through its pages illuminates enjoyment, inspiration, a sense of place, and hope. Each issue immerses readers in literary and visual arts, faith, the creative life, reflective living and reflective spiritual habitudes.

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