Open for submissions for issue 12 – and a writing prompt inspired by Carson McCullers

Tomorrow night (July 8) at 8pm, Rivertown Film will screen a conversation with directors Karen Allen and Kristi Zea on their films with the director of the Carson McCullers Center, Nick Norwood, and moderator Susanna Styron from March 25, 2017, celebrating the birthday centennial events in 2017 organized by CSU’s Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians. Be sure to check it out on their YouTube channel, part of their Artists from the Archives series. In the meantime, one of the teen writers who participated in the events that year, Ellie Rostan, offers a special writing prompt for this week:

As the world is being shaken and drastically realigned by COVID-19, normalcy seems lost, and we are lost in the strangeness that is becoming our new normal. Carson McCullers’ poem “When We Are Lost” imparts a universal voice to this very terror of losing oneself in a warped space or time or “the joined trickery of both conceptions.” When we are lost, we writers write. We write to regain our footing, to make sense of the strange, to pull on what is uncomfortable. The prompt is simply this: Write to finish this phrase, however you see fit:
“When we are lost…” 

Send us your writing! Our open submissions period for issue 12 continues until the end of August. While we are not accepting new poetry as we deal with the quarantine backlog, fiction and creative non-fiction sections need your best work.