Home is shaping up to be one heck of a journal! Although there was certainly a flood of poems submitted that were a bit predictable in their interpretation of home, we also received some exquisitely crafted poetry that explored what home is not, what home is, and everything that is ambiguous and thought provoking in between. I am so excited for you to read the poems that will grace the pages of borrowed solace issue 1.3: home. It’s truly going to be our best edition yet!
This subject turned out to be far more broad than I originally believed it would be. The submissions I received varied a great deal and, admittedly, some did not match the theme at all. Amidst the sea of stories, I found myself drawn to those whose concept of “home” differed from the norm. They weren’t tales of happy families in pretty homes. They were stories of dysfunctional people sharing a space. Of futures where money means nothing or minds and phones are linked. Of dragons and monsters.
An abstract concept of “home”, that is what readers can expect in the Fiction section of borrowed solace’s third issue.
The last two journals we only received enough art to make title and cover pages, but this time we received enough submissions to make an art section!
Art can be subjective, so expression through art can be different for every person. The art in this journal represents that idea. What a person sees at home, their actual home, a piece they have in their home, or something valued to them can all be art. We received art that makes someone feel at home; art that is something personal to represent their family, friends, or nature surrounding them; and even art reflecting lines and colors that can represent the diversity within a home.
…And I get to share that with all of you in a few months – how everyone can see home so differently through art!
When this time rolls around, I am always amazed by all the diverse and lovely submissions we receive.
This submission period is no exception. After reading such imaginative and engaging pieces, my
excitement for the upcoming issue begins to bubble forth; I simply cannot wait to share my selection for
the nonfiction section!
As you may already know, the theme for the upcoming journal is “home.” When we conceived this
theme, we thought of the traditional ideas associated with it: a house, family, friends, and comfort to
name a few. However, many of the nonfiction pieces submitted blew my preconceived ideas of home
out of the water. Home is so many different things to so many different people, so much more than just
a house or a family—it is a living breathing and completely personal experience.
I hope that my selection of pieces challenges our readers’ ideas of home as much as they challenged
mine. Thank you to all the authors who submitted and allowed me to read their fantastic pieces!
Now that we are closed for submissions, we can take a few moments to reflect on this round. We received a record number of submissions, more than we received for issue 1.1 and 1.2 combined! This has meant our editors have had to work particularly hard, but it also means that their work has been particularly rewarding!
Fiction received a whopping 86 submissions. Not every submission fit the theme or was what we were looking for, but we have read (and continue to read) through every single one. We are so pleased that so many fantastic writers chose to submit to us!
Nonfiction received 54 submissions! This category left us flabbergasted, as we have struggled to receive enough submissions for nonfiction the past two issues and received almost 4 times as many this round as in previous rounds. We are so excited with the quality of submissions, too.
And finally, poetry. We’ve never had a hard time receiving submissions for this category, especially considering that each author can submit up to four poems. This round we had 114 poets submit their work, which is even more than we have had before – more than 255 poems! Each round it’s wonderful to see familiar names and lots of new ones, too.
We can’t forget art, either. We’ve received enough art and photography submissions to have an art section for issue 1.3! While not every one of the 20+ submissions we’ve received will get in, we will have a robust art section and a beautiful front cover from the submissions pool. We are very excited for this new addition to borrowed solace!
Hopefully this peaks your interest and gives you a small sneak peek of what we have been up to as we have started putting together issue 1.3, Home. We still have a long way to go, and lots of submissions still to read (so if you submitted, take heart, there’s still a chance you could be moved to the next round!), but the journal is really starting to come to life. We can’t wait for you to read it!