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Issue 7 Theme (and some news)

As I prepare Issue 6 for publication in 9 days, I have posted the Theme & Prompt for the next two issues. They are:

Issue 7 – September

“Indiscreet and brutal, I enjoy looking at what’s underneath the crossed-out bits of my soul.”

Vintage black and white photo of an art assemblage by Claude Cahun. A small human shaped figure created by a variety of found objects is laying spread-eagled on sand. The individual pieces are hard to identify. Of note are what looks like a tiny spear impaled into its torso, and what might be a vulva scratched into the sand between the figures legs. The image is curious and ominous.

Issue 8 – November

“Follow my example: Stay at home and eat wool.”

Vintage photo of an art assemblage by Claude Cahun. Inside a glass dome sits a faceless wooden human figure. On its head is what appears to be a paper plant. In an outstretched arm, it holds what might be a chiffon bird. Outside the dome sit two small turtles and two small toy heads. The image is mysterious and whimsical.

What Lies Ahead

Issue 7 will usher in an exciting new design element. In one sense, it’s a modest change in the visual design of the EO website and PDF Journal. But in another sense, it’s groundbreaking and socially poignant and relevant. I can’t wait to show you, and share the story behind it.


Thus far, I haven’t given enough advance notice of the theme and prompt for each issue. This has resulted in many of you responding to themes that have already passed. To remedy this, in the next couple of weeks I’ll be posting the themes and prompts for the rest of the issues that will comprise Volume II (9-12) on the Theme & Prompt Archive page.


If you’ve been paying attention to the website and social media, you may have seen a recent announcement of a possible change in the theme for Issue 7. Please disregard that. I was reacting hastily to something that needs to be addressed thoughtfully. I will say more in another announcement in a few days.

As always, thank you for your continuing attention and support.

Eric Jennings, editor
Exist Otherwise Literary & Art Journal

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