Issue #26 – The Lyric Essay
To take a cue from Ronk’s “Lyric Essay as Constellation,” the lyric essay as genre or form—whichever it is—seems to be entirely and only an analogy (which has been auto-corrected to “apology,” which seems just as fitting of a description):
We seek essays that exist only because of a logical parallel, kinship, or metaphor; only to express a transference of meaning; or only to describe that (biological, verbal, structural) material that forms more than only one thing. We seek essays that are acknowledgements of failure, justifications of theory or doctrine, that literally move away from an area of interest.
We seek lyric essays from an array of discourses, styles, mythology, and influence that are candid, reflexive, and architecturally sound; essays whose discoveries and questions are written only out of emotional necessity, like those utterances during therapy that unlock, open and empty us of everything but that exact emotional key—maybe still dangling from our locks.
Multi-modal and hybrid work will catch our eye but is no substitute for essaying: the content should dictate the form, which should, in turn, clarify the content. We are interested in work whose essaying happens performatively or only because of, for, and through the lyric, the form, analogy.
We want analogies (apologies). Anapologies.
Submissions due 3/10/18. Guest Editor Wes Jamison. Issue live 4/30/18.
The Wardrobe—Sundress reads submissions of full-length books and chapbooks from female and nonbinary authors year-round. Each week our rotating curators, including Sundress editors and authors, choose one book to highlight as part of our “Best Dressed” series. These highlights include five selections from each book, which are featured daily on the Sundress blog and shared through our social media sites. Authors or publishers of books published in the past twelve months may submit to The Wardrobe. To do so, please forward an electronic copy of the book (PDFs preferred), author bio, photo of the cover, and a link to the publisher’s website to firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, we request that one print copy be mailed to Sundress Academy for the Arts, ATTN: The Wardrobe, 195 Tobby Hollow Lane, Knoxville, TN 37931. Submissions to The Wardrobe will remain eligible for this “Best Dressed” selection for one year. Hard copies will become a permanent part of the Sundress Academy for the Arts library and be made available for review by our editors and/or affiliate journals. For the complete details and rules, please see the Wardrobe website at: http://sundresspublications.wordpress.com/the-wardrobe/.
The Afterlife of Discarded Objects—a digital collective storytelling project that curates and archives memories about playing with, collecting, preserving, or making art from what we might label as trash, waste, or unwanted items—is looking for nonfiction narratives, personal essay/memoir, diary entries, short stories. Contributions can be of any length from a brief recollection (either from childhood or adulthood) of your experience with and memories about a particular object or collection of objects (simply an “I remember when…” kind of entry) to a lengthier piece that takes the shape of an essay or story. Currently no submission deadline. More information at theafterlifeofdiscardedobjects.com.
Submit to one of our Sister Journals:
Pretty Owl Poetry is open year-round for submissions of poetry, fiction, and art. Pretty Owl Poetry is an online quarterly journal that publishes new, emerging, and established writers in poetry, fiction, and the visual arts. We support all approaches to writing, be it collaborative or individual. We’re interested in experimental and traditional forms and flash fiction masquerading as poetry, all with a lyrical quality. Please submit all work through our submissions manager, which can be found on our website: prettyowlpoetry.com.
Founded in 2001, wicked alice is an online journal dedicated to women-centered writing and art. Published under the auspices of dancing girl press & studio and a member of Sundress Publications, the journal seeks to publish work that is fresh, innovative & exciting in a number of creative genres, including poetry, fiction, essays, visual art, multimedia, & hybrid works. Full guidelines can be found at wickedalicezine.tumblr.com.