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!