Thursday, September 06, 2007

Call for Submissions

I am guest joint-editor, with Katherine Abbott, of the fine qarrtsiluni web magazine over September and October, and we’re now seeking high quality submissions of poetry, prose, and visual art. The submission guidelines are at the qarrtsiluni site. I hope some readers of Surroundings will consider submitting material. Have a look at the journal first, although each editorial team clearly brings personal preferences to it.

There is a theme: Making Sense

Writers often lean on what they see. But for this issue, we challenge you to build up a world in scent, taste, touch, sound, or any combination of these. We are not outlawing imagery, not at all. We value a clear, active connection with the world. As Wislawa Szymborska said in Conversation with a Stone: “Even sight heightened to become all-seeing/ will do you no good without a sense of taking part.” To have a full and concrete awareness of space, physical detail, and emotion, you do not need sight. Take your impetus from another sense, or let material from another sense define or guide the piece.

5 comments:

Cailleach said...

Sensory detail - something our tutor has been coming back to all the time!

Rachel Mallino said...

So, I'm half retarded but I thought I read that one could also submit via the email addy provided on the website, is that not true? =\

Rob said...

You're right, Rachel. I'll alter what I've written. Thanks.

Rachel Mallino said...

Rob, I just wanted to make sure that I hadn't made a boo-boo.

SarahJane said...

Hi Rob -
would you stop over at my blog and chime in on the last post (e lucevan le stelle)? I wonder how you'd characterize the poem/translation there. thanks, sarah