Many cultures have tales of heroes who challenge death and rescue loved ones (or themselves) from an underworld. In an upcoming Room, our readers will find heroines, both fantastical and everyday, who face loss.
Editor Rachel Thompson seeks quality writing and art filled with dreams and longings—elegies, requiems, magical realism, and new folk legends that take our readers through and beyond grief cycles, rescuing loved ones lost, ourselves:
If loss is anything, it is lonely. But perhaps the intimacy of the page shared by writer and reader can make it less so. When establishing the theme for this issue, I figured there must be other writers out there who are re-tasting through retrospection personal tragedies, re-framing things, exploring the insides of the experience. I thought these writers could come together and share the logic of their thinking (their "mythologies"), lighting the way for others who have, or who inevitably will, lose someone or something dear to them (that's life).
So far, having seen some of the elegant, beautiful, and sometimes haunting submissions received at Room, what I imagined is true. If you are a writer with work on the theme of loss, consider sending us your best poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. Deadline is August 15th.
Submission Deadlines for Volume 36 (2013)
- Volume 36.1 – Spring 2013: Mythologies of Loss, edited by Rachel Thompson. Deadline: August 15, 2012
- Volume 36.2 – Summer 2013: Contest issue, edited by Clélie Rich. Deadline: October 30, 2012
- Volume 36.3 – Fall 2013: Crime, edited by Irina Kovalyova. Deadline: January 31, 2013
- Volume 36.4 – Winter 2013: Unthemed issue, edited by Lorrie Miller. Deadline: April 30, 2013
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