It’s Right Around the Corner!

Release day is coming up soon – in fact, it’s right around the corner. We are so excited for you to see the final version of borrowed solace 2.1! It’s shaping up to be a breathtaking issue, complete with moments that will make you gasp and turns of phrase that will make you sing.

Keep an eye out for an update on just when you can expect to see issue 2.1 grace our website later this week. We can’t wait for you to see it!

An Update on Spring borrowed solace

The editors have been hard at work over the last couple of months on borrowed solace 2.1! We have been dreaming of spring in the midst of blizzards and polar vortexes, and creating a journal full of amiable sun rays and balmy breezes.

The journey to get here has been quite a trek, but it has been a rewarding one. The spring journal holds a special place in all of our hearts because it’s always about new beginnings – it’s the first journal of the year and one that reeks of promise.

One of the reasons that I am so enthused about the spring journal is that it is our un-themed edition. While our themed editions are always enticing to put together, the un-themed journals are secretly my favorite (I guess it’s not a secret anymore!)

The thing I love about writing is that it has no bounds – writing can be used as a fabulous tool, but unlike a literal tool, it has many purposes. The un-themed journals take full advantage of the boundlessness of the written word. It truly allows for experimentation and the beauty that comes from the unexpected.

So, as you, dear reader, eagerly anticipate spring borrowed solace, prepare yourself to be surprised, delighted, and otherwise galvanized. For writing, and spring borrowed solace, are about just those things!

In the Midst of the Holiday Season…

Don’t forget to submit to borrowed solace!  We know it’s a busy time of year, but it’s also a time for reflection on the things that one appreciates in life and the things that are important.  borrowed solace is certainly important to us, and so are you!  We are so thankful for your support so far – 2018 has been a wonderful year for our little corner of the literary journal world!

We hope you take some time to reflect and write this season, and please, don’t forget to submit your work to us.  We can’t wait to see what you write!

We’re Back Open for Submissions!

We are back open for submissions for borrowed solace 2.1!  This issue will be released in spring 2019 (can you believe we are talking about 2019 already?) and will be unthemed.  Send us your best work, regardless of what it is about.  We are so excited to start work on our fourth (!!) edition of the journal and are so grateful for all of your support.

Our unthemed journals are an adventure to put together – there’s no telling what will fill up the pages of borrowed solace 2.1.  We hope you will come along on this adventure with us by submitting work that takes up space in your life – work that you can’t stop thinking about and pieces where you left your heart on the page.

We are so excited to read what you submit!

“Read. Read. Read. Read many genres. Read good writing. Read bad writing and figure out the difference. Learn the craft of writing.”

– Carol Berg

As Summer Dies Down….

We are getting ready for fall.  We’re ready for crisp breezes, colorful leaves, warm sweaters, and…fall borrowed solace!  We’re getting better at this journal thing, but despite this being our third edition, are still surprised by how much work goes into making each edition.  It is so worth the work, but when we’re in the thick of things (i.e., right now), it’s easy to forget that there are humans on the other end of this anxiously awaiting the journal and hoping for updates along the way.

Thank you for your patience with us as we work to get the journal ready.  We say this every time, but we really do believe this will be the best one yet!

 

the editors

An Update on Home: Poetry

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!

We are Closed for Submissions… on to the Next Step!

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!

 

 

Submissions Close this Week

And just like that, it’s the final week that we are open for submissions!  This round we have received a record number of submissions that we are so excited about.  If you submitted – thank you!  Regardless of whether or not you got in, we so appreciate your thinking of us and hope that you will resubmit for future editions.  Our themed issues are tricky because in addition to the regular criteria we are looking for in submissions (see our Submissions Guidelines page for more on that), we are also reading with the theme in mind.  It can be a tough cookie to crumble (is that even a thing?) but we’ve received many fabulous submissions that fit the bill thus far.

If you bookmarked us for a later submission be warned – the 30th is the final day to submit!  So grab a computer, your best work that deals with the theme of home, a friend (submitting is hard and we all need a little moral support sometimes), and log into the Submissions Manager, stat!

We are so excited at how issue 1.3 is shaping up and can’t wait for you all to see it in just a few short months!  Thank you, as always, for all of your support.  We wouldn’t be here without you!