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#9 PDF Proof Sent

A PDF proof of each contributor’s work for Issue 9 has been sent out by email. Please review and respond with edits or corrections at your earliest convenience. And, of course, reach out if you haven’t seen your proof.

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Check Your Email! Check Your Spam Folder! Check Your Privilege!

Updated Jan 2, 1:40 PM PST – The second paragraph below incorrectly referred to Issue #10 notices and acceptances. It has been corrected to say Issue 9. My covid recovery is mostly complete. Don’t ever say, ‘it’s like a cold.’ It is insidious and I am concerned about long term effects. While in the midst of it, I also stepped

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Submissions Glitch

I’ve been wondering why I haven’t had many new submissions recently and I just found out why. Our submission form has been saving the submitted data to the wrong databse. Not a big deal and an easy fix. This is just to say that the last dozen or so submissions have not been replied to with an acknolwedgement email. I’ll

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Bad Timing

I am sick with Covid. Today is day two of symptoms, and they are acelerating quickly. I’m going to try and get all issue 9 submissions responded to by the end of today. Last time I had Covid I was very sick and unable to function for almost two weeks. I will do my best to launch 9 on Jan

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Submissions for 9 Have Been Acknowledged

This is just to say that we have sent email messages acknowledging the receipt of all submissions for Issue 9 (and some for 10). This is NOT to say that we have accepted or declined1 any work yet. Those notices will be going out sometime between now and the end of December. But, if you submitted work to us and

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To Warn or Not to Warn

We have used Content Warnings (aka Trigger Warnings) on a few of the works we’ve published. In all of these cases, the warning was added at the request of the contributor. We are now questioning this practice…

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Contributor Contract

When we accept work for publication we send contributors an email which acts as a contract. The content in this email is a work in progress, and always subject to change. But we won’t change any agreement that you (and we) have already agreed to. This is what the email contract looks like for Issue 9: Hi NAME, We are

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Style Guide Available

We’ve just posted a Style Guide for the PDF and Web versions of our Journal. All contributors should be familiar with, not only our requirements, but also with the technical limitations that come with publishing on the web. Please read it before you submit work to us. (We’ll make links to this guide more prominent in the coming days.) For

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Review: Steady by Anne Whitehouse

Anne Whitehouse’s poetry collection, Steady, isn’t a poetry collection. Rather, it isn’t just a poetry collection. I, perhaps naively, set about reading it without first getting a sense of its length or breadth. The book is divided into four Parts. The first, second and fourth sections, titled Morning Swim, Signs, and Blue respectively, each contain exactly 10 poems. I didn’t

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Letters

Back when I used to subscribe to paper periodicals, I always loved reading the ‘Letters to the Editors’ first thing when a new issue dropped. I especially appreciated it when Letters would be responded to, no matter by whom. I would love to have that kind of interaction with our readers. Commenting is perfect for brief responses to individual works,

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Comments Are Easy and Encouraged

All it takes to comment on any work that appears in Exist Otherwise is to enter a name (it can be anything including ‘anonymous’), an email address (it can be fake), and your comment, then click submit. If you don’t include a link in your comment, it will appear immediately without having to be approved. You can also save your

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Bluesky and Other Social

I’m on Bluesky as @patamystic.bsky.social. That’s my personal account. I’ll create an @existotherwise account as soon as I get another invite code. I’ve only been using Bluesky for a few minutes but it looks like there’s an extensive #WritingCommunity there. It looks more promising than Threads. I’m also still using Mastodon: @ex************@wr*****.exchange. Wondering if I should start using Facebook again…

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Introducing Color

There’s a blog post in the works, so what follows is the tl;dw*. Beginning with issue 9 in January, 2024, we are now accepting any kind of artwork, and not just black and white photography. * Too Long, Didn’t Write (tl;dr is internet shorthand for “Too long, didn’t read,” which is usually used by someone commenting on something they probably

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Changes to Editorial Calendar

If you’ve recently reviewed our editorial calendar, please have another look at it. We’ve made some changes that will give us a little more time for proofing of both, the PDF and web versions of each issues contents. We will now be sending Contributors a PDF proof on the 1st day of the month of publication, and a website proof

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Guide to Make Use of a Barbie

Grab the barbie by her blonde hair
& twist her head off in one turn. Remember
your best friend’s words: only stupid girls dye their hair;
remember his words next time you see a nest of burnt wires
clogged in your shower drain…

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Image Matrix

This farce again. I’m city-bound. Watch the carnival of consumerism roll by my window, these come-hither neon seductions. I’m just here for socks and coat-hangers — we all know how that song goes. Extricate self from tram, self from the spill of humanity, the close proximity which cues anxiety. Extricate, land on pavement and — it’s all in my face.

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I Want, I Am

A dyslexic in an alphabet reversed,
the universe looping both flaccid and disjointed:
noodles, macaroni, dot, dash,
a Morse code, impenetrable except for instances
the rest tramples…

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Hybrid Bible

There was a great flood. In the great rush of water, the Great Tower fell, and the One Language, contained in its central citadel, floated away. Over 40 days and 40 nights, the One was dissolved into many: all the tongues of the world…

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Beyond

A hyena often appears in my shadow
everytime I try caviar again. She has an odd
number of utters that bubble and bloom
like the keloids clustering my jaw. If I whisper count down…

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Drawing Lines

We witnessed from the lens a great distance.
I saw the sea of trees and you said you saw the snow,
or the sun-baked canyon where the river once flowed,
and to hug you, kiss you and bring you closer…

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Gallows Humor

Across furrowed field, we broke traditions
Playing cowboys and native Americans
Me, Cheyenne nation – eyes like tadpole
Flaunting wool aroc, flaring eagle bonnet, bow and arrow
You, Vacqueros – skinny like beanpole
Parading brogan, bowler hat, baronet and musket…

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There Is No Way To Know But Many Ways To Tell

The blob-fish queen ate herself yesterday, but if you look at the plaid shadows the windows cast, you can still see her in the lines they form. A maniac at heart, none of us will ever drink to her memory, so instead we cast fishing nets over her castle to celebrate todays community-wide holiday. Her administration stole a third of

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Hello Littlefoot

Many people have forgotten the world behind the couch. There are more dreams still about the cracks in the cushions, where many still shove their toes while watching movies, too intent to realize what memories they might be losing with their toenails and their change, or slips of paper with phone numbers on them, ones they must never have meant

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The Grand Marquee

  • S.G. Parker 
  • 6 min read

The solution, my father announced, with only the crown of his head visible above the stacks of packing boxes, was to raise a marquee.

A grand marquee, my mother added…

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