The 411: Poetry

*As we prepare to open submissions for issue two (!), our first unthemed journal, we want to give you the inside scoop on what each of our editors are looking for in their respective genres.  Stay tuned for a guest post from each editor!*

So what do I look for in poetry?  That question initially seemed harder to answer without a theme than with one, but I have realized that is not the case.  Good writing is good writing, regardless of theme.

When you submit poetry to borrowed solace, submit your best work.  Yes, that means to follow our submission guidelines and make sure your poems align with what we at borrowed solace represent, but that also means that your submissions should come from the heart.  Sometimes that means a poem written about something you are passionate about, or other times the topic is an event that happened to you, but it should always be something heartfelt and real.

Send me poems that are heart-wrenching, that make me laugh out loud while I’m reading.  Send me poems that experiment with all the things that make up a poem but that never let go of a some sort of universal truth or understanding about the world.  Explore with your words, and make me delight in your journey.  Send your best most provocative work!

 

-Addey

The 411: Nonfiction

*As we prepare to open submissions for issue two (!), our first unthemed journal, we want to give you the inside scoop on what each of our editors are looking for in their respective genres.  Stay tuned for a guest post from each editor!*

Though this upcoming issue is without a theme, that doesn’t mean that “anything goes” for submissions; it simply means that I have a wider lens of view. There is still a goal I keep in mind while selecting submissions for nonfiction– to maintain a standard of literary excellence and beauty.

I want pieces that captivate the senses with vivid imagery, pieces that tell the unfettered truth in compelling ways, and pieces that engage the mind with harrowing tales of reality. Creative nonfiction is unique in this way as it operates in truth and reality, but becomes functional literary material when it is infused with careful crafting. Send forth your flash pieces, your short memoirs, your essays, and your moments in time! I look forward to reading them!

 

-Nicole Taylor

The 411: Fiction

*As we prepare to open submissions for issue two (!), our first unthemed journal, we want to give you the inside scoop on what each of our editors are looking for in their respective genres.  Stay tuned for a guest post from each editor!*

What am I looking for in fiction? There’s no theme this go around so I’m not looking for anything too specific.

You know what that means?

That means I want anything and everything. I want to feel. To laugh. I want pieces that grip into me and refuse to let go until I‘ve reached the very last word on the very last page. I want to be afraid. To be sad. I want to be stunned to the verge of speechlessness.

I want it all.

Submit what moves you, submit those pieces you’re passionate about, be it genre, literary, or flash…heck I’ll take a thousand two sentence stories—that was a joke, please don’t send in a thousand (I would like to survive to the next journal edition.) Let’s say up to fifty per person…yeah, that seems more reasonable—submit it all.

 

-Amber

The 411: Art

*As we prepare to open submissions for issue two (!), our first unthemed journal, we want to give you the inside scoop on what each of our editors are looking for in their respective genres.  Stay tuned for a guest post from each editor!*

 

Hello happy artists and photographers! I can’t wait for what you will submit for our non-themed journal; and am excited to see what you come up with. I am looking for art that will do two things: one, take my breath away, and two, inspire me.  I’m hoping to find art that has a personality and pictures that want to make me write a thousand words. I want the readers and viewers and onlookers of borrowed solace to appreciate art, stop to look, study, and be amazed. We welcome the inspiring, moving, gasping kind of art for our upcoming journal, and I can’t wait to see what comes my way!

 

-Nicole McConnell

 

One Week!

*Check the blog for updates and the inside scoop on where we’re at with the upcoming edition of the journal!*

One week! One week! One week!

I think that’s all us editors can think about lately as a week from now, Hinterlands will be coming to a metaphorical newsstand near you.

We so appreciate your support in this monumental endeavor we’ve taken on to create a literary journal for those in need of solace.  And while we are certainly looking ahead to when Hinterlands comes out next week, we are also looking ahead to our next un-themed issue and are looking forward to starting the submission process all over again.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of your support!  We are so very excited for what’s to come in just one short week!

 

-Addey