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Call for submissions:

March 8, 2010

I’m delighted to be co-editing another issue of qarrtsiluni, this time with Ann E. Michael.

Our theme is “New Classics” – you can check out the CFS in context here. Here’s the meat of it:

What is a classic? What does it mean to us?

In this issue of qarrtsiluni, which will begin publishing around May 1, we invite you to engage, interpret, revisit and re-invent classics through your own idiosyncratic and modern sensibility.

We’re looking for work inspired by the archetypes and forms of familiar pieces of art, sacred story, poetry, iconography or folk tales, but the term “classic” should be interpreted both broadly and internationally, and could certainly encompass contemporary work so familiar it has become part of our collective psyche.

Yes, Greek myth or Roman epic as archetype or inspiration for your own peculiar spin, but also: Sundiata, Pride and Prejudice, Andy Warhol paintings, Basho’s haiku, the Green Man, the VW Bug, Frankenstein, Tiamat, The Dhammapada, rock and roll, Anansi tales, banshees, Sedna, avatars turned online/gaming identity, fox woman, Nero Wolfe, creation stories, 1950’s creature features — surprise us with something we can’t help but recognize, even as we’ve never seen it put to your uses.

Transform, transpose, transgender, trans-border our expectations with your wholly familiar, yet wholly new, take on a classic.

We’re open to any forms, including cross-genre. Flash fiction/very short stories are especially welcome (1,000 words or under). Please send no more than three poems or photographs, and only one video, at a time. As always, be sure to refer to the general guidelines before submitting. The deadline for submissions is March 31.

Looking forward!

—Ann E. Michael and Jessamyn Smyth, guest editors

You can also check out the last issue of qarrtsiluni I had the pleasure of co-editing (with Allan Peterson): Transformation.


Please send submissions to qarrtsiluni (at) gmail (dot) com between March 1 and March 31, 2010.

“New Classics” will start publishing in May 2010.

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