We are accepting submissions for Winter 2016 through October 15, 2015.
“Paradise is an island. So is hell.”
– Judith Schalansky, Atlas of Remote Islands
Winter 2016 Theme: Evolving Islands
We are seeking submissions of original fiction, poetry, and essays on the theme of “Evolving Islands” for our Winter 2016 issue.
Islands are dynamic geographical entities. They appear and disappear on a regular basis due to volcanic activity and changes in sea level. Their ecosystems are volatile. The distance of islands from the main has made them perennially attractive to honeymooners, utopians, pirates burying treasure, and rulers sending gadflies of the state into exile. Historically, islands have also been pressed into use as nuclear testing sites, military bases, leper sanitariums, monastic sites, prisons, air bases for drug lords and burial grounds for the indigent. Some islands are covered in ice or snow. Some are inhabited only by wild horses or pigs. Some islands are artificial. Some are imaginary.
Because the Winter 2016 issue will announce and celebrate the MFA program’s new study-abroad experience in Ireland, we are particularly interested in work that addresses the evolution of that island nation. How has Ireland changed—not just politically, but also economically, socially, religiously, artistically in the 100 years since the Easter Rising in 1916? Is Ireland still the “island of saints and sages,” as James Joyce said the Irish people were fond of calling it? “The Emerald Isle” is still recognized as a sobriquet for Ireland. Is that greenness, which is intrinsically related to Ireland’s island status and oceanic climate, under threat due to global warming?
At the same time, we are committed to featuring work that takes on questions of islands and insularity in many other global contexts and from many angles. What does it mean for a country to have an island mentality? What does it mean for a person to be an island in the stream of social media? Seriously, what artifacts, literary or not, would you take with you in the unlikely event you got advance word that you were being banished to a desert island?
See Submissions for details on how to submit your work.
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