We are now open for submissions to Issue 14: Economies of Harm, as well as applications to our fall 2021 Editorial Residency, which is a $500 grant opportunity for four artists, writers, and creatives. For more information about both, and to submit to one, please visit us over on Submittable.
Issue 14: Economies of Harm
Our lives are defined by a complex matrix of values — what we prioritize and what we’re willing to sacrifice. But for many of us, our values have changed over the past year. What does this mean for our perception of success? Of value? Of worth? The pandemic has exposed, and is continuing to expose, all the ways that existing systems are failing us: capitalism is driving folks to feel like they have to constantly churn, and the pressure to produce and grind and compete against one another is immense. The result is a toxic individualism that promotes profit over people, product over process. It is our responsibility as creatives and changemakers to disrupt the economies of harm. What could we be if we weren’t bound by capitalism’s expectations of time?
What we need is a value system, and not just values. How can we create a system that helps us understand and structure our lives in a way that allows us to thrive by environmental design? One that prevents us from feeling anguish in the abstract all day about things we cannot change? Moreover, how can we construct a society that implores us to take care of one another above all else? To foreground communal belonging? Because if we don’t prioritize interpersonal responsibility within a newfound system, can we meaningfully say that we still have a civilization or society?
For this issue, we are thinking toward the future, and how our present actions and inactions will inform its shape. Tell us: What aspects of your life hold the most value for you now? Is it family? Art? Time? Health? Stability? And what hard truths do you need to examine about our current systems so you can see yourself more expansively in your own honesty? The beauty of this uncertain moment is that there is an opportunity for experimentation, for dreaming up new realities and stories that do not yet exist. We want to read pieces that don’t fit neatly into previously understood, “acceptable,” forms; experience poetry that is creating its own mold; and learn about worlds and perspectives that dare to undercut society and its expectations, stereotypes, and limitations. Together, let us dig into the inequities of today, build into the possibilities of tomorrow, and imagine a world that will steadily, beautifully, become wholly unrecognizable to us in all the best ways possible.
About submitting to our magazine, and applying to our residencies.
As with every issue, we welcome two types of work / applicants:
- Issue Contributor. This is for the writer or artist who wants to be published in our upcoming issue. Once accepted, you will have a call with one of our managing editors to talk about our editorial process, and about your work for publication. Our editorial process is intimate: you will work with two of our editors and go through several rounds of revisions. We care deeply about helping your piece arrive at its fullest self. We ask every submitter to provide a short bio, a 500-word cover letter, and your submission in order to be considered for publication. We do this because our magazine is not an outlet; it is a community of voices that extends well beyond the point of publication. Deadline for general submissions is June 30, 2021. If you have any questions about submissions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Residency Applicant. Our Editorial Residency is for the writer or artist who requires collaboration as a part of their process. Due to COVID-19, our 2021 Rhinebeck Residency has been cancelled. This virtual residency takes its place, and is a five-month commitment that awards four creatives with a $500 grant, as well as publication. If our application fee of $7 is prohibitive (we have lowered our fee from $20 to $7 due to the environment we find ourselves in today), please email us at email@example.com. Please note: those who apply to our residency are automatically considered for publication within the issue itself; therefore, if you are not selected for the residency, you are still considered for publication within the issue. Deadline for the editorial residency is June 30, 2021.
We have been heartened by the responsiveness of writers, artists, and creators in this moment, and are always trying to respond to changing realities as humanly as possible. We look forward to getting to know your voice.
Featured Image courtesy Luka Lok.