Submissions are still open for our October Guest Editor who will be accepting nonfiction until September 25. To find out more about both Guest Editors please visit www.whistlingfire.com. November Guest Editor, Albert Abonado (submission Deadline: October 23, 2011) writes...
The commonly held perception of the writer is that of the soloist, operating in isolation, probably dressed in black with a bottle of whiskey within arm's reach. The act of writing is often perceived at its most romantic a pursuit often done best in solitude so that a person can assert one's independent voice.
But the truth for me is that writing is as much a social act as it is a individual one, a product of our myriad influences, from stock market crashes to the song a father sings to his daughter to an ant floating on a leaf in a puddle. What about those writers who take this notion of writing as a social act one step further, who choose instead to emphasize a sense of community and eschew this tradition of individuality by working collaboratively with others to produce a poem? The Surrealists are famous for employing this tactic, but other more contemporary examples exist: Denise Duhamel and Maureen Seaton, John Gallaher and G.C. Waldrep.Good Luck!
Ms. Duhamel talks about a third voice, "a voice that is neither Maureen's nor mine, but rather some poetic hybrid." This month I'm interested in poetry written by two or more authors. No particular theme required. Send me poems that neither you nor your co-author(s) can claim as being wholly your own, but instead appears to exist outside of you - a mysterious, strangely cohesive, other voice that contains its own sensibilities. I'm open to any subject. So pass the bottle of whiskey around to your friends and let's see what happens.
Rules: Accepting poetry ONLY! Please send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the words "November Editor" in your subject line. No more than five submission per writing duo or group, individuals can submit multiple times with different writing partners. Must be sent as an attachment (MS WORD preferred). Simultaneous submissions accepted. Previously published work is also allowed as long as the author retains the rights. Please include a short third person bio for each author. Submissions Close: October 23rd
About the Editor: Albert Abonado lives in Rochester, NY, the 10th smartest city in the US with his wife who is unhappy with the fact that he is allergic to cats. He is the Associate Director of Marketing and Production for BOA Editions. He holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Guernica, Rattle, Anti-, Gargoyle, Washington Square, New Ohio Review, No Tell Motel, and The Collagist
Missouri Review's Jeffrey E. Smith Editor's Prize Competition, Deadline: October 1, 2011
The Missouri Review wants your best fiction, poetry, and nonfiction for our 21st annual Editor's Prize competition! We offer over $15,000 in awards. First-place winners in each category receive $5,000, publication in The Missouri Review, and paid travel to our prizewinners' gala in the spring. Select runners up will also receive cash prizes and have their work published in The Missouri Review. Past winning entries have been selected for the Best American series.
Your submission fee includes a one-year (4 issue) subscription to The Missouri Review. Subscriptions are available in print and digital. Our high-quality, downloadable digital subscription includes a full audio edition of each issue.
Submissions: simultaneous submissions accepted. Winners announced in early January, 2012. For more information, a printable entry form, or online submission, please see submissions on our website:
Authors featured in this issue include Lori Jakiela (nonfiction) , Geoffrey Philp (poetry), and Preston Allen (fiction). Interviews with Louis Lowy and Lynne Barrett.
Check out our past contributors, such as Kim BarDec15nes, John Dufresne, and Denise Duhamel (Issue One); Allison Joseph, Matthew Sharpe, and Dan Wakefield (Issue Two); and many talented others. Past interviews with Susan Orlean, Les Standiford, Mark Vonnegut, and Dan Wakefield.
We're now looking for submissions for our fourth issue! DEADLINE: December 15, 2011