Sunday, November 13, 2011

Qarrtsiluni Online Literary Magazine open for submissions

Call for Submissions: Qarrtsiluni Online Literary Magazine Open for
Submissions-Deadline November 30

Posted: 12 Nov 2011 11:01 PM PST

Qarrtsiluni Online Literary Magazine is Calling for Submissions for their
Upcoming Issue

Theme: Imitation.
Deadline: November 30

Submissions are now open for the Imitation issue. The deadline is November
30, and we expect the issue to begin serializing here sometime in January,
after the conclusion of the current Worship issue.

Theme description
Imitation - that sincerest form! - is in art all too often maligned. "Better
to fail in originality than succeed in imitation," no less a writer than
Melville once sneered. For Emerson, imitation was "suicide." Especially
since the Romantic revolt, writers and artists in the West have taken for
granted that originality is the soul of creation.

Originality, though, is crippled without discipline, and imitation is an
uncompromising practice. The Great Masters of the past knew this well, and
would apprentice for years to gain fluency of form; the literature of
earlier eras, too, was woven with both homage and parody. Poetry in
particular has lent itself to the game: both John Keats and William Blake
published An Imitation of Spenser, while Spenser, in turn, openly mimicked a
more antique verse. Robert Lowell's Imitations is humbling in its breadth,
and how many countless poets have affixed an italicized "after xx" beneath a

We believe there's plenty to be gained from reviving the imitative
tradition - be it in jest, out of reverence, or somewhere in between - and
so, for the next issue of qarrtsiluni, we're asking you for your greatest
imitations. Whether you've always dreamed of being Faulkner (or Milosz or O'Keefe
or Banksy or Bresson), or just want to try your hand at highbrow fanfic,
here's your opportunity.

Submissions will be evaluated not only on their own merits but by how well
they evoke the style or approach of another. Though it's up to you whether
or how to acknowledge the model in the submission itself, we do ask that you
spell it out in your cover letter. (Where appropriate, you might include a
copy of the work being emulated - or spoofed.)

Submission details
Our limits this time are three poems, five images or videos, and/or 1000
words of prose per submission. All submissions must go through the
submissions manager (which also includes our general guidelines). If you've
submitted to other publications that use this system, Submishmash, you'll
need to log in with the same username and password. Otherwise, you'll create
a new account as part of the submission process.

As always, we consider contributions of nonfiction, poetry, short fiction,
photographs, digitized artwork, short films, original musical compositions,
spoken word recordings, translations and collaborative works.

The editors
Siona van Dijk is an entrepreneur, writer, and graduate student in Depth
Psychology. Prior toqarrtsiluni, Siona has served on the editorial staff of
The Amherst Review, Circus, and A Further Room. Her favorite mimic is the
lyre bird.

Dave Bonta handles most of the day-to-day operations at qarrtsiluni, but
once a year he likes to don the hat of an issue editor, too. Some of his
other online projects include the videopoetry collection Moving Poems and a
daily microblog of observations from his front porch. His most recent print
publication is in The Book of Ystwyth: Six poets on the art of Clive

If the links do not work please go to:

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor
of many others. Blog Website

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