Issue 5 - SUBMIT UP TO 10 PIECES IN A SINGLE DOCUMENT FILE.
While we'll look at generic topics, we'd especially like to focus in on the theme of The SmartApocalypse: Intelligent Stories of a Real End Time. This
will be an online-only
issue. Submissions will open July 1st and remain open until the end of September. Stories must be family-friendly
, but that doesn't mean they should be child-soft.
If addressing a possible apocalypse, or post-apocalyptic scenario, be as realistic and grim as you need to be but do remember your audience. Clean humor and hope is very much welcome. Also, excessive violence will be frowned upon if we deem it gratuitous; instead, paint pictures as urgent as those we see in popular shows like The Walking Dead, Revolution, Falling Skies & Survivors - a few favorites; in books, consider The Road
. Please address any or all of these elements: geographical, cultural, biological, relational, etc. The thing that makes the aforementioned shows/book compelling is the relationships. Talk about your bunker or special hideaway, your rations, your medical concerns, your personal doomsday checklist, your weapons, the sky, the state of the roads, whatever you can dream up about an apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic scenario. Religious references welcome (because we believe people will be searching for something during that time), but no preaching, please, and no Bible-banging. Zombies? If you can make them believable. Pets? Fear? Roving bands? Glimpses of hope? Sure, with depth. What about climate change or the extinction of the pollinators? GMO seeds & chemical abuse. Rising cancer rates. Antibiotic resistance. Or maybe go the other way and show us how you'll be part of the solution, if indeed a solution might exist. Surprise us!
Don't name political entities (as in real names of real people), but you can surely address current and future political decisions, environmental happenings ("When the US pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2017 ..."). Get creative. Address cultural factors. Bring in news and future news. Let's see depth of inquiry.
We are craving the unique, the wild, and the unexpected.
Flash prose up to 1000 words, or longer pieces up to 10,000 words. Any writing style: literary, genre, lyric, etc. No line limit on poetry.
Check out the wikiHow link
. Or this primer
at Deviant Art for suggestions on the apocalyptic theme. For the time being, we're setting a limit of online pieces for this issue to a combined total of 10: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and we'll be looking for the best, most polished, engaging, and realistic pieces that come in. We would also love to receive an appropriate cover painting or drawing to use online, and possibly other artwork or photography. Pay is a good credit in EIR, and one $50 Editor's Choice award to one submitter.
No previously published work. We will require you to sign an author's agreement.
While no longer a member of CLMP, we strive to achieve a similar level of ethical standards: "...to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically."Further, as is often the case with CLMP journals and presses, Eastern Iowa Review uses a blind judging system to arrive at writing acceptances and contest winners. This is how we do it:
1. We accept submissions via Submittable and use its tools to ensure that all identifying information is hidden from our readers throughout the selections process.2. We ask entrants not to include their names or contact information within the document they upload to Submittable or its title; those who neglect this requirement will be disqualified.
3. Close friends, relatives, students, and former students of the readers/judges, are excluded from the submissions/contest. If any of the selected authors fall under these categories they will be disqualified, and a replacement will be chosen from among the finalists. Anyone wondering if they might be a “close friend” probably is. It seems silly to define friendship, but for our purposes, we'll call a “close friend” anyone with whom we have direct and regular correspondence (either written or verbal). And please remember that if a written work is recognizable to the judge, it will be disqualified.