Michael Chabon introduced the idea of "trickster lit," in which "the highbrow and the lowbrow, once kept chastely separate, are now hooking up, [and] you can almost see the future of literature coming." Lev Grossman classed Chabon with a movement of authors similarly eager to blend literary and popular writing.
The world is filled with voices, but some are infrequently heard because they don't conform to expectations, genre conventions, old-school definitions of what constitutes "literary." In this issue, we hope to publish a wide range of voices, genre-bending, hybrid work that challenges expectations and focuses on originality and fresh perspectives. The common thread should be innovation, genuine emotions, plumbing the full range of human experience. We want to hear from the tricksters, the writers who combine the best of all forms of writing to produce wonderful work. Whatever your sex, race, orientation, religion, country of origin—send us your work. We want to read it. Help us see what has not been seen before.
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Submissions Call for Vol. 10: Voices From the Edge
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Format and Length. Poetry: Submit 1-3 original, unpublished poems, in a single document, each poem on a separate page, no longer than 10 pages total. Short Fiction: Submit 1 story, no longer than 5000 words. Creative Nonfiction: Submit one essay, no longer than 5000 words. Photography: Submit 1-3 photographs, black and white only. Unclassifiable: No longer than 2000 words.
You are welcome to submit more than once, but each submission must be a separate file uploaded to Submittable.
Do not put your name or any other identifying information on the document that holds your submission. Do not include your name in the file name for your submission. Make the file name the title(s) of your work. We follow a “blind” reading system: our editors read all submissions without knowing who wrote them.
Use Times New Roman 12 pt. for the text of your submission. Single-space your poems; double space between stanzas. Double-space prose manuscripts.
Include a 75-word bio written in third person, providing specific information about your writing life and your previous publishing credits.
No previously published work — print or online — including work posted on personal websites or social network websites. If your work can be found searching Google, we consider it published.
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Acceptance for publication conveys First North American Serial Rights, first-print publication rights, and the right to post work accepted for publication on the Conclave website. Rights revert to the author upon publication. Payment is one contributor's copy of the anthology.