CFP: Assay, Special Issue on Nonfictional Forms of Engagement

March 5, 2019 § Leave a comment

time-keepers-1A note and opportunity from Assay Editor-in-Chief Karen Babine:

Call for Proposals – Assay 6.2 Special Issue (Spring 2020)

  • 250-word proposals due March 15, 2019
  • Essays of 2,000-3,000 words due July 1, 2019
  • Publication: Spring 2020

Assay is thrilled to announce that our Spring 2020 issue (6.2) will be guest edited and themed around nonfictional forms, as they relate to mediated concepts of truth and reality, and with a particular hope that the texts and writers will come from outside the United States. Our guest editors are Anastasia Ulanowicz (University of Florida), Manisha Basu (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), and Brenda Glascott (Portland State University) and speaking as Assay’s editor, I’m so excited about how they’re going to bring their conversations to our audience, with formal scholarship, informal analysis, and pedagogy. If you’re not familiar with their work, please check them out!

The theme of the issue will be significantly informed by critics such as Rob Nixon, Henry Twidle, Walter Benn Michaels, and Ian Jack, who have each accounted for a late 20th and early 21st century “boom” on the global stage of non-fictional forms of engagement. However, unlike these scholars, this special issue seeks to understand not why a particular narrative form emerges at a particular time, but what its effects are in its particular context. What, they ask, do the kinds of textual transactions that constitute the nonfictional turn have to do with what Rob Nixon has called “the cultural industrialization of the real”: who do they speak for, why do they matter, and to whom? In the face of authoritarian appropriations of reality, nonfictional textualities foreground the crucial idea that reality does not exist outside the regimes for its own production and circulation—and they demonstrate how those regimes may in fact be transformed to constitute a new politics of reality.

Global nonfiction. Forms of nonfiction. Authors of nonfiction outside the United States. India. Australia. Eastern Europe. Ireland. Graphic nonfiction. Memoir. Literary journalism. Essays.

These subjects—and their writers— have long been of interest to us at Assay and we’re so excited to spend an entire issue on them. While this issue will consider the ideas of mediated reality, we are not interested in the American arguments over truth-vs-fact. That said, we’d love to see work that challenges these ideas in other contexts.

We hope the issue investigates what we might call “a commerce of textualities” by reading literary/creative/narrative non-fictional works constituted in mixed modes of writing at the intersection of journalism, life-writing, history, urban-studies, and archival reconstruction, and technology.

As always, Assay is interested in the wide variety of how analysis of these writers and texts can happen, from formal articles, to more informal analysis suitable for our Conversations section, and nonfiction pedagogy. If you have questions or queries, please send us a note at assayjournal@gmail.com. Please share our CFP among your colleagues and students who might be writing seminar papers or conference papers as we speak.

You might consider a proposal on (but of course your idea should not be limited to what’s here)—

  • the long-standing tradition of colonial/anti-colonial travel writing (and who is doing the travel writing outside of the American tradition? Perhaps you might consider writing on Dervla Murphy or Jan Morris?)
  • the impact of Tom Wolfe and the new journalism (1970s), but you might also consider how Nellie Bly might fit into this conversation.
  • the significance for investigative journalism of the ‘history from below’ series at the University of Witwatersrand (1980s)
  • the influence of Slavenka Drakulic’s Café Europa (1996) in altering Soviet-era assumptions of the essay as a self-interested form
  • the increasing demand for a dynamics of testimony, globally, in the shadow of the HIV/AIDS crisis
  • Svetlana Alexievich’s “polyphonic writings” with the Nobel prize for literature in 2015 (she’s the first woman to win for nonfiction and we haven’t seen any submissions on her since her win—we’d like to change that).
  • the emergence of graphic memoirs and graphic reportage (e.g., Joe Sacco, Igort, and don’t miss Reshmi Mukherjee’s piece on Kate Evans from the Spring 2019 issue.)
  • the significance of epistolary forms and diaries as nonfiction forms
  • critical methodologies in archival research
  • the emergence of new approaches to Indigenous literary and cultural forms (e.g., the peoplehood matrix)
  • the pedagogy of these writers, texts, and considerations in literature classrooms, composition and rhetoric classrooms, as well as creative writing classrooms. (As always, the pedagogy needs to be analytical and based in theory, not simply lore.)

Please send proposals, including keywords and a brief bio, to Anastasia Ulanowicz (aulanow@ufl.edu) and Manisha Basu (mbasu@illinois.edu). Any questions should be sent to Karen Babine at assayjournal@gmail.com.

 

Matador Review Call for Submissions

July 6, 2018 § 1 Comment

From our Friends at The Matador Review:

summer2018coverAlternative art and literature magazine The Matador Review is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2018 publication. We publish poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction, inviting all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art. The call for submissions will end August 31, 2018.

When asked by author Angela Yuriko Smith what we’re looking for, Editor-in-Chief JT Lachausse replied:

“We want what you haven’t seen. Allow me to be dramatic: Imagine that every piece of art is represented by a stone. Many stones make up the mountains and buildings, but even more hide beneath the surface. We are so familiar and fond of the overground rocks, but in the caves and oceans-deep, there are stories that tell things wildly. Desperately, furiously, without great laborious sanitizing or editorial puncturing.”

More information on submitting to The Matador Review can be found at our submissions page.

 

 

War & Peace: Flash

April 26, 2018 § 1 Comment

cover-seenPanorama Journal, the international journal focused on travel literature, is accepting submissions for its Summer issue, War & Peace. Panorama is looking for submissions of flash travel lit which is political. Pieces must be between 150 and 300 words after edits, and no longer than 350 words before edits. We invite short works with a story and strong sense of detail and place. Send your work to flasheditor@panoramajournal.org with the title “War & Peace: Flash”. Submissions are open until 5/17. More information on this call and others here: www.panoramajournal.org/calls/

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Call for Submissions: Matador Review and Post

April 24, 2018 § Leave a comment

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Alternative art and literature magazine The Matador Review is now accepting submissions for the Summer 2018 publication. We publish poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction, inviting all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art. The call for submissions will end May 31, 2018.

We are also seeking submissions for our arts and culture corner, The Matador Post. We’re seeking articles which surround the following cultural topics: Television, Film, Music, Politics, Video Games, and Sex and Love.

The Post exists to ignite cultural discussion and share ideas from seasoned creatives. It operates as its own entity, separate from The Matador Review, yet affiliated with its core intent: to become “a cultural conservationist for the alternative world” and “advocate for a progressive attitude.” Writers should take risks that are interesting and provocative.

When asked by author Angela Yuriko Smith what we’re looking for, Editor-in-Chief JT Lachausse replied:

“We want what you haven’t seen. Allow me to be dramatic: Imagine that every piece of art is represented by a stone. Many stones make up the mountains and buildings, but even more hide beneath the surface. We are so familiar and fond of the overground rocks, but in the caves and oceans-deep, there are stories that tell things wildly. Desperately, furiously, without great laborious sanitizing or editorial puncturing.”

More information on both The Matador Review and The Post can be found at our submissions page.

Those interested in submitting to The Matador Review can send their work to editors@matadorreview.com. Those interested in submitting to The Matador Post can send their work to contact@matadorreview.com.

 

On Spry and Flashy Prose

April 20, 2018 § Leave a comment

spry-banner-trans-ish-49Not about Brevity, but about ‘brevity,’ from Elizabeth Hilts at Spry literary magazine (another flash market to consider during our submissions closure):

This might be a bit obvious, right? I mean, c’mon, “brevity” in a series on flash. Yet the fact of it must be addressed. Concise. Exact. Just the right words and only a very few of them (though that seems to be negotiable); the challenge being to express the breadth and depth of a thing fully within the constraints of brevity, to write beautifully, evocatively, to essay a specific truth without succumbing to wordiness.

Poetry does this. The constraints of form and structure seem designed to inspire precision and, by definition, poetry is concentrated. The formality of the genre creates a sort of elegant sparseness, each word “curated” in the most hipster-ish sense of the word. But flash is not poetry, flash is flash so…what? It seems easier to interrogate what flash is not than it is to define what flash is.

Flash is not merely brief, the whole endeavor is much more complex than that. Flash requires the strict attention to form required of poetry but without the illusory “comfort” of rules concerning syntax and tempo and all the rest.

Read the rest here

Electric Lit Seeks Flash

April 19, 2018 § 1 Comment

From Electric Lit:

Experimenting with form, fiction, and storytelling in general is one of our favorite ways to keep literature interesting. From Recommended Reading’s 300th issue composed of 300-word love stories, to a series of 280-character short stories in honor of the new tweet length, to Okey-Panky’s two years of publishing ribald literary oddities, illustrations, and poems, we think our experiments — which is also to say, your work — have delivered thrilling results.

To expand our testing field, we launched the Recommended Reading Commuter, which publishes literature portioned for consumption during an otherwise insulting Monday morning commute. Featuring poetry, flash, graphic, and experimental narratives, the Commuter publishes every other week, and has already showcased the likes of Noy Holland, Lulu Miller, Daniel Mallory Ortberg, Shelly Oria and Nelly Reifler, and more.

On Monday, April 23, we’ll open submissions for one week through our Submittable page, closing on April 30th at 11:59PM. Below are the categories in which we’re looking for work, and submission guidelines. Please note that, while the Commuter publishes poetry and graphic narrative, this submission period is for prose only. Submission periods for other forms will open in May and June.

  • Flash fiction up to 1,500 words. Writers can submit up to 3 pieces that can be a series or standalone works, but the total word count of the submission should not exceed 1,500 words.
  • We will consider fiction as well as experimental narratives that are difficult to classify and take on unusual forms or formats.
  • Please submit text in .doc, .docx, or .odt.
  • If your work is selected, we can offer a payment of $100.

For a sense of the kind of work we publish, check out recent issues of the Commuter, our 280-character contest winners, and Recommended Reading’s 300th issue.

The submission window’s short and coming up fast, so get your piece prepped and ready to go!

All About Creative Nonfiction Chapbooks

March 14, 2018 § 10 Comments

zz fawcportraitBy Chelsea Biondolillo

I still remember the first nonfiction chapbook I ever found at the AWP bookfair. I’d walked up and down all the aisles and talked my voice hoarse, and maybe I was asking the wrong question, but nobody had one until the SweetLit table. There, I bought Amy Monticello’s Close Quarters, and when I got home, I ordered Donna Steiner’s Elements. I cherished those two for the possibilities they represented (and for the wonderful writing.) The next year, I head about a few presses who were expanding their flash fiction chapbooks to “prose.” And each year since, whenever I’ve been able to attend, I add a few more CNF chaps to my collection.

When Randon Billings Noble mentioned organizing a panel for this year’s AWP on the nonfiction chapbook, I jumped at the opportunity to participate, but life had other plans and I knew by August that I wouldn’t make it to Tampa to join her, Bernard Grant, BJ Hollars, and Penny Guisinger at the front of the room. So, I offered up my participation on “All About Creative Nonfiction Chapbooks” in the form of the below list. These presses have all said (at one time or another) that they would consider nonfiction/prose/hybrid chaps.

This list is bound to be out of date the minute it goes live, because the literary landscape is a shifty thing. Also, many in the list only consider chap submissions during defined contest periods, so please read up on any press policies before hitting send. And don’t forget to buy CNF chapbooks, too. Be the market you wish to see in the literary world.

Chelsea Biondolillo’s List

  • Etchings Press Chapbook contest
  • Rose Metal Press
  • Cutbank (cross-genre)
  • Eastern Point Press
  • Slashpine Press
  • Diagram
  • Porkbelly Press
  • A-Minor Press
  • Sweet Lit
  • Origami Zoo Press
  • Palooka Press
  • Matter Press
  • Tammy
  • New Delta Review
  • Split Lip Magazine – Turnbuckle /Uppercut Chapbook Contests
  • Batcat Press
  • Birds Piled Loosely – Hard To Swallow   Chapbook Series
  • Damaged Goods Press (essays, hybrids from Queer and Trans Writers)
  • Devilhouse Press
  • Disorder Press
  • Eggtooth Editions
  • Garden-Door Press
  • Hermeneutic Chaos Press
  • Lightning Key Review – Wilt Chapbook Prize (CNF only!)
  • Long Day Press
  • Newfound Prose Prize
  • The Operating System
  • Underground Voices e-shorts (experimental)
  • Throwback Books (prose)
  • Arcadia – Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Contest (I know, but it says CNF, too)
  • Bateau Press – Keel Chapbook Contest (hybrid prose)
  • The Florida Review – Jeanne Leiby Chapbook Award
  • H_NGM_N (prose)
  • Homebound Publications – Little Bound Chapbook Series
  • PANK
  • Gold Line Press Chapbook Contest
  • The Cupboard Pamphlet’s Chapbook Contest (prose)
  • Ghost Proposal Chapbook contest (essays, multi-media, experimental, post-genre)
  • Gazing Grain Press contest (prose)
  • Lime Hawk
  • Mason Jar Press
  • Ursus Americanus Press (prose)
  • elsewhere Chapbook Prize (prose)
  • Sundress Publications chapbook contest
  • Sutra Press
  • Epiphany Magazine (published in magazine)
  • The Head and Hand Press – Breadbox Chapbook series
  • Iron Horse Review prose chap competition
  • Vinyl 45 Chapbook contest (YesYes Books) (prose, mixed genre)
  • Paper Nautilus Press
  • Pithead Chapel Press
  • Ugly Duckling Presse
  • Anchor & Plume Press
  • Ghost Ocean Mag – Treelight Chapbook contest
  • smoking glue gun – chapbook contest
  • Red Bird Chapbooks
  • Vine Leaves Press
  • Special thanks to:
  • my own declined file in Submittable,
  • Allison Joseph’s priceless CRWROPPS list,
  • Entropy Mag’s ‘Where to Submit’ monthly feature, and
  • The Review Review

these are all the places I check when I want to know who considers CNF chaps.

NOTE: YMMV. The literary landscape is a many splendored thing. Some of these are annual contests, some of these might not exist anymore. Some charge money, some offer money, some don’t do one or the other or both. And some ran wee-wee-wee-wee all the way home. -Chelsea

Download the Word File: CNFChapbookmarkets

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Chelsea Biondolillo
is the author of the prose chapbooks Ologies and #Lovesong, both from Etchings Press, University of Indiana. Her essays have been collected in Best American Nature and Science Essays 2016Flash Nonfiction FunnyWaveform: Twenty-first Century Essays by WomenHow We Speak to One Another: An Essay Daily Reader, and others. She has an MFA in nonfiction and environmental studies, and currently teaches writing workshops online. She lives well outside of Portland, OR, surrounded by farms and old growth forest, and blogs intermittently at roamingcowgirl.com

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