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Theme & Prompt

Issue 12 (July 2024)

The deadline to submit for Issue 12 is May 31, 2024.


“In everyday life, we waste words and gestures because we have time to lose and no one is looking, but the actor, a thousand eyes follow his movements and he has only an hour or two to transmit the drama that he performs, it is therefore indispensible that he act and speak with the greatest economy, on stage no waste, nothing must be lost.”

—Claude Cahun


Vintage double self-portrait photograph of Claude Cahun, an andorgynous bald person depicted twice: once faceing left and one facing right. It's as if the person is looking at themselves in different bodies.

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Don’t be literal! We do not want work that explicitly mentions, or refers to, our theme or prompt. These are meant to be inspirational, not directional.

  • Submitted work does not have to respond to the Issue Theme or Prompt. We give preference to responses, but all work will be considered.
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