It's the final week of our submissions call for In Medias Res: Stories from the In-Between, our second Writespace anthology (take a look at our first one, Our Space). If you haven't submitted yet, you have until April 28 to do so. We would love to read your work, and for you to become a part of this book. We're so passionate about this project and the stories that will be told through it.
The idea for a new all-genre anthology had been brewing in our collective brains for over half a year before we opened the call. We thought about theme a lot. We knew we wanted to open submissions to writers of all genres, so we knew we needed a theme to unite a diverse array of stories. We also knew we wanted to encourage submissions from writers/about characters who have been traditionally underrepresented, be it due to their gender, gender expression, sexuality, ethnic background, nationality, skin color, physical or neurological traits, social or economic background, etc. We wanted to keep the theme general enough to encourage a wide variety of stories, and we also wanted to encourage the possibility of telling stories in unique, unexpected, experimental ways.
And so, In Medias Res was born. Latin for "into the midst of things", the phrase is often used to refer to the practice of beginning a narrative in the midst of the action, without any setup. We're using it here in a much wider sense.
Play with structure. Send us stories that start in the middle, that have no middle, that have only a middle. Send us work that is non-linear, non-traditional, or work that uses traditional structures in subversive ways. Break the boundaries. Break genre.
At Writespace, we support writers of all backgrounds, identities, and genres. For In Medias Res, we will consider submissions of all genres; this includes, but is not limited to: science fiction, mystery, fantasy, literary, romance, speculative, magical realism, western, prose poetry, new forms, experimental forms, dystopia, fairy tales, etc. We encourage submissions that cross or blur genre lines, go against conventions, and tell stories of diverse, traditionally underrepresented groups.
Word Limit: Maximum 2,000 words (fiction, flash fiction, prose poetry).
Payment: $15 plus a copy of the print anthology.
Submission Period Closes: April 28th, 2016.
Anthology Publication: Early Fall, 2016.
More information on how to submit here.
Send us your work! We're truly excited to read it.