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Theme & Prompt

Issue 9 (January 2024)

The deadline to submit for Issue 9 is November 30, 2023.


“I love you. That should be enough for the whole solar system.”

—Claude Cahun


vintage black and white photo of Claude Cahun wearing a homemade and kind of sheesy angel costume. she has large foil wings, and is wearing an odd cap that looks like a fancy bathing cap.she is kneeling on one leg, with theother leg akimbo. her hands are out to her sides exposing her palms to the viewer. she has a serious expression.

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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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