Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Everyone Talks About It, But No One Does Anything About It

The weather.  How interesting to come across not one, but two calls for submissions about weather-related work:

SOU’WESTER, a literary journal founded in 1960 and housed at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, will be devoting our next special issue (Spring 2012) to the weather. Weather is quite a celebrity, after all—grabbing the headlines when it’s feeling particularly unruly or whimsical. Weather has its own TV station and its own In the Midwest we talk about the weather with noteworthy frequency and ardor. Yet some days, the weather is diffident, serving as little more than a decorative (or not) backdrop of banal clouds and sky. But it is always there.

As editors, we anticipate seeing different sorts of weather portrayed (bucolic spring days, dark and stormy nights, etc.). But we’re hoping for variety in the broadest sense. That is, we hope to be surprised by the many ways (subtle to profound) in which  weather has informed, inspired, or rained on your poetry, prose, and uncategorizable written works.

Our general submission guidelines apply. Please limit your submission to a maximum of five poems or one prose piece at a time (under 8,000 words preferably). We will also consider a suite of two or three flash fictions.

We will read for the Weather issue until it is filled. Please check our website for updates. We are also still accepting general submissions for the Fall 2011 issue; we expect to close this reading period sometime in October. Again, please check for updates before submitting.

SOU’WESTER only accepts submissions through our online submission manager. When you submit, please identify whether the submission is for the Fall general issue or the Spring special issue on weather.

Details and info:


Birmingham Arts
CALL FOR WORKS:  storm-related poems, stories & art to be published in the April 2012 "Storm" issue of Birmingham Arts Journal.

The editors will consider work inspired by ANY storm in ANY location (geographic, emotional or otherwise).  This is the first themed edition in our ten year history!

Submit WORD documents as 1) attachments or 2) within the body of the email to: <editor(at)> (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail)

FICTION & NON-FICTION: up to 1,000 words. Excerpts and quotes of fewer than 1,000 words from longer works are published, too.

POETRY: All types  up to 50 lines. Shorter works preferred.

ARTWORK & PHOTOGRAPHY: 300 dpi or higher digital files (.jpg or .tif) of artwork.
Submit via email or on disk.

NOTE: Please include a biography (3rd person) of 50 words or less with your submission.

Payment: one copy of the issue in which the accepted submission appears.

FOR ALL WORKS: Birmingham Arts Journal has readers young and old, from all walks of life. For this reason, works containing strong profanity, explicit sex, gratuitous violence, and overtly religious or political material will not be accepted. No simultaneous submissions, please.

Details and info:


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