PushPen Press announces its next flash nonfiction anthology, entitled ONE. Tentative publication date is set for June, 2017.
Submission Deadline: March 1, 2017.
Once again, we are challenging nonfiction writers to focus tightly on their work, searching for the power of truth, experience, and vision in their flash nonfiction writing. Here are the guidelines for ONE:
What made you one? What one thing scattered your bits to the four winds?
What made you whole? What one force tore you to pieces?
What made your direction clearer, your purpose dearer?
What illumined, however briefly, the flow you are in, the life you are living?
What singular moment created you? What one thing are you searching for?
What one irreparable loss defines you? What one thing do you understand better than others? What one activity encompasses more of you than any other? What one thing do you want back in your life? What one memory haunts you? What one object explains or represents you? And why?
We are looking for flash nonfiction stories about the ONENESS that is you.
We are looking for powerful, focused flash nonfiction about the path, the people, the pleasure and the pain that have brought you to this point.
We are looking for the ONE awareness that became the lesson of your life.
…the ONE moment that incited or inspired, created or culminated, destroyed or rebuilt.
…the ONE who walks into every room when you do.
…the pieces that built you into the ONE you are, and the ONE who has always been in you.
…the vision you have of this ONE life.
And we are looking for it in a flash nonfiction story of no more than one thousand words. You may write fewer words. You may submit any format that suits your nonfiction storytelling: poetry, a dialogue, prose poetry, a series of three black-and-white photos that you’ve taken, narrative (but flash) storytelling, or maybe a series of haiku. Use your imagination, creativity, and drive to tell the story. And, we much prefer very short, punchy flash nonfiction; verbose is so overrated.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 1, 2017
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Publication date for ONE is tentatively set for June 2017.
GENERAL GUIDELINES & WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR: PushPen Press has a guiding image for our concept of flash nonfiction: we don’t want boxing matches, we want Bruce Lee’s one-inch punch.We are looking for stories with Drive, Punch, and Insight. Consider “drive” as the motivation behind your story, why you have to tell it. “Punch” is the kick you give us in the intellectual head, or the big “Whoa!” moment, or perhaps the sudden “ah-ha” that connects us to your experience. ”Insight” is the uniqueness behind your story, the deeper lesson we can learn, or perhaps the awareness we receive well after reading your work. We accept virtually any topics. Please give considerable thought to your work, creativity to your craft, and polish to your words. Although we will edit your work if and when necessary, we are not your English 101 teachers. For a good look at what we publish, take a look at: TWO@SJSU and THREE, available at amazon.com.
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