A lot of times a writing contest can feel overwhelming because it’s giving us usually a very specific prompt, and usually I hate that feeling.
But I think that sometimes it’s a good thing; it gives us an opportunity to step out of our comfort zone and do something a little crazy or wild. And that’s why today’s weekly writing contest is a little bit crazy.
If you guys have never checked it out, HESA Inprint is a great magazine full of beautiful stories, editorials, artwork, and more. I like it because unlike many online publications out there, it’s not overly cluttered with ads, and they carefully select their work. Also, (shameless name drop alert!!) I was published in an issue several years ago.
What I also like about this magazine is their effort to cross linguistic lines and play with duplicity of meaning between interrelated words in English and Finnish. (While their magazine does a great job of providing a full magazine in both languages, I love that they play with the lines in between the two. It reminds me warmly of my dear friend Christian, who in a single afternoon, inspired me to try to learn German at some point in my life.)
Anyhow, another great thing about HESA is they provide an extremely specific theme for each publication. The next one coming up is Phobias, and the deadline is the 20th of this month. That gives you a thin 9 days to submit something; in the form of fiction, non-fiction, artwork, photography etc. For more information, please see their submission page.
Also, since we’re on the topic of phobias, there’s an absolutely fabulous Children’s Book about a mouse that suffers from severe multi-phobic neurosis. It’s called Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett.