Burning House Press are excited to welcome RACHAEL DE MORAVIA as our eighth guest editor! As of today Rachael will take over editorship of Burning House Press online for the full month of September.
Submissions for Rachael are open from today – 1st September and will remain open until 23rd September.
Rachael’s Theme/s for the month are as follows
BELONGING // RETURNING // RETREATING
Rachael has introduced her theme/s for your guidance:
“Exiles we are from our very birth,
But strange memorial glimpses come
At cross-roads of this alien earth,
To trouble us with our true home.”
—John Cowper Powys
“We all have this double impulse within ourselves: the desire to integrate into society, and the need to fulfil ourselves outside of it, through our own efforts.”
How do we explore notions of home through art? How do we express longing for—and belonging to—places and landscapes, to communities, to ideas? And what if we don’t belong anywhere? I’m drawn to work that examines why we travel — through exile, or to escape; by force, necessity or choice.
Whether your inspiration comes from the epic journeys of antiquity, or from ‘the wanderer’ of Goethe and Hölderlin and of the English Romantic poets, or from South American literature and a sense of saudade (I’m thinking Cortázar, Onetti, and that vagrant searcher Bolaño), or perhaps the Russian émigré tradition in Paris after the Bolshevik revolution (the likes of Tsvetaeva, Akhmatova, Mayakovsky, Mandelstam), or even the films of Wim Wenders that tell place rather than stories — wherever you look in our rich literary and artistic history there’s a vast and explicitly human desire to interpret and express belonging, and, of course, the inverse: of not belonging.
Whatever your influences, your ideas, your experiences; make them new, make them extraordinary, and send them to me. I’m looking for essays, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, textual and visual mosaics, art and photography. I’d especially love to hear voices and see perspectives that are marginalised, suppressed/repressed, untold.
Rachael de Moravia is a writer and academic who has worked as a staff writer for a national newspaper, a broadcast journalist, and a magazine editor. She has yet to belong anywhere.
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For submissions, Rachael is looking for your poetry, short stories, flash fiction, prose poems, art, collage, painting, photography – as well as non-fiction submissions: essays, reviews, commentary, features, interviews – and all hybrids, fragments and cross-forms.
All submissions should be sent as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please state the theme and form of your submission in the subject of the email. For example: BELONGING/POETRY
Poetry and Fiction
For poetry submissions, submit no more than three of your best poems. Short stories should be limited to 1,500 words or (preferably) less. We encourage flash fiction submissions, no more than three at a time. Send these in as a .doc or .docx file, along with a short third-person bio, and (optional) photograph of yourself.
Submit hi-res images of your works (drawings, paintings, illustrations, collages, photography, etc) with descriptions of the work (Title, Year, Medium, etc) in the body of the email. Files should be in .JPEG unless they are GIFs or videos, and should not exceed 2MB in size for each work. File names should correspond with the work titles. Video submissions can be uploaded onto Youtube or Vimeo for feature on our website. Send these submissions along with a short third-person bio, and (optional) photograph of yourself.
Non-fiction submissions (essays, reviews, commentary, interviews, etc) should be no more than 1, 500 words and sent as a .doc or .docx file along with your third-person bio/and optional photograph.
Submissions are open from 1st till 23rd September – and will reopen again on 1st October for our ninth guest editor.
BHP online is now in the capable hands of the amazing RACHAEL DE MORAVIA – friends, arsonistas, send Rachael your magic!