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An Update on Home: Art

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!

 

-Nicole McConnell

art editor

An Update on Home: Nonfiction

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!

 

-Nicole Taylor

nonfiction editor

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!

 

Don’t Forget!

We’re currently open for submissions for issue 1.3, Home.  This is our fall, themed issue and submissions are open until June 30th.  Spread the word!  Don’t forget to read our submissions guidelines to see what we’re looking for and take a look at our most recent blog post to see what each editor is looking for!

We can’t wait to see what you submit and have been receiving more submissions than ever.  We so appreciate every single submission.  It takes a lot of courage to submit your work for total strangers to review.  Remember to keep in mind the fact that not every submission will be a good fit for our journal.  There are so many different things that go into our editor’s decisions on what to accept and what to pass on.  Don’t be discouraged if you get a no from us!  For many writers in our past two issues we may have been the final “yes” after a slew of “no’s,” and for some we were a lucky first “yes!”  Every writer’s journey is different and every piece’s journey is unique, and we are honored to be a part of that journey – whether for the good or the bad!

Best of luck as you submit – we can’t wait to see your interpretation of Home!

Submissions are Open for Issue 1.3, Home!

It is time to submit once again! For our upcoming fall journal—the theme is “home.” Our submissions open April 2nd, 2018 and will close June 30th, 2018.

Please read below to see what each editor is looking for in this upcoming journal:

 

poetry || Addey Vaters

Home is the place where you belong. And it’s the journey to get there. Home can change, or it can stay the same, but wherever home is, it’s important. I think that’s why we wanted to devote a whole edition of the journal to home. Because home, the people that make it up, the literal place where it’s located, or the memories that built it are great places to start writing from.  For our home issue, I’m looking for writing that deals with theme of home, evokes the feeling or home, or grapples with the different, and sometimes difficult, concepts that home can bring up. Surprise me, make me long for home, or give me a new way of looking at home. Home is what you make it, so let’s make this journal reflect that!

 

fiction || Amber Porter

For fiction I want to see the essence of “home,” or what you envision when you think of the word “home.” Be it flash, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, literary—whatever you choose to write—I want to see traces of “home” weaved throughout your piece. I want to see how you’ll play with this theme. How you’ll work it into a standalone short story. So entice me, bring me into your worlds and show me what “home” means to you.

 

nonfiction || Nicole Taylor

Many people use the phrase, “home is where the heart is,” but home is so much more than that. It can be a safe, comfortable, endearing space. Whether you were born there, or it was a place you grew up, it can be a foundation upon which you built yourself from. It can take shape in a location, or it can manifest in a person. As a multifaceted experience, each person forms it differently. A transcending idea that morphs in-tune to growth. A hushed whisper or the rustling of a blanket. Please share with us your true tales of home.

 

art || Nicole McConnell

The art of “home” is what home looks like to you. It could be a restaurant where you work and your co-workers are your second family. Or a place that feels comfortable like a home, or an object, or a person, or a thing that makes you at home. For me, it is my dog. For my mother, it is her kids. For my dad, it is his garage and workshop. For my brother, it is his Mini Cooper. I want to see a picture of something you love and hold dear, or somewhere that is your haven. A place to let loose and be whoever you truly are with no judgement. I look forward your place, person, object, or thing that means home to you.

For further guidelines, please check out submission guidelines under the “submit” tab above. Please create a Green Submissions account if you haven’t already and submit—we can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with!

Good luck and happy submitting!

Tips from the Editors: Poetry

While I myself am a perfectionist at heart, sometimes so much so that it is my absolute detriment, I have come to learn that imperfection in poetry is where beauty often abounds.  As I have read through the submissions for our next un-themed issue (and as I am still reading – if you haven’t heard back yet don’t worry, I’m still wading through the submissions pool) I have noticed that the moments that grab me are the unexpected ones.  My breath catches when I read a line that makes no sense yet makes perfect sense or a stanza that stops me so that I can examine each word once more.  These are the moments that could be seen as imperfect in a poem, but that in the wild and unruly world of modern poetry create the spark that fans a thought or a word into a fiery work of art.

I can’t say that I really understood this concept until I took a poetry class in my final semester of my undergraduate degree.  Up until this point poetry seemed like something to be admired from afar and handled with crisp white gloves and feather dusters – something to be kept behind glass and not messed with for fear of breaking something as fragile as a sonnet or a villanelle.  I realized in this poetry class, however, that the fragility of poetry is a myth that I taught myself as I fed my poetic imagination a steady diet of classical poetry.  While I greatly admire classic forms and structure, I realize now that my favorite poems are those that play with structure just enough to leave me guessing what comes next or that switch the form up just enough that it’s fresh and exciting.  While knowing all the rules is important in writing poetry, it’s knowing when to break them, when to bring in the imperfections, that makes a poem magnificent.

So my tip to you, dear reader, is this: mess around with your word choice, your syntax, your synonyms and metaphors.  Don’t just admire the poetry canon from afar, dive in and make ripples everywhere your mind travels.  Perfection is overrated, anyway, and beauty lies in the crumpled up moments that you were about to throw away with yesterday’s newspaper but decided to take one more look at.  There’s beauty in catastrophe.

 

Addey

poetry editor

Submissions are Closed & Happy New Year!

As we wrap up 2017, we are also wrapping up submissions here at borrowed solace.  It’s been a crazy year launching the journal and releasing our very first issue, and it’s crazy to think that we are already closing down submissions for our second issue!  We are so pleased with how everything has been going thus far and couldn’t be here without each and every one of you reading this.  This round we received so many submissions and had more visitors to borrowedsolace.com than ever.  With your help, the journal is truly starting to take off!

Stay tuned for more – our second edition will be coming out in late spring 2018 and then our third (!!) issue will come out in fall 2018.  We’re constantly thinking of ways to grow borrowed solace and have lots of ideas in the works.

Thanks for a fantastic year, a great second round of submissions, and, once again, thank you so much for submitting and entrusting us with your words!  It’s a big decision, sending your work out into the world, and we so appreciate your thinking of us when doing so.  We’re excited for whats to come and are excited to have you along for the ride. Here’s to the New Year!

Tips from the Editors: Nonfiction

What Makes Creative Nonfiction Good? The (1/4) Creativity

One of the things that makes nonfiction such a compelling genre is the role that truth and reality play in it. Fiction can be anything you want, but nonfiction must be based on real events, people, or experiences. This may sound like a limitation to most, but it has always been a benefit when correctly used.

As we established, nonfiction is built upon the truth. However, memory is not perfect. There will be details that are forgotten, qualities changed, and conversations manipulated. As much as an author may try, these changes in composition are inevitable. These faults are due to the fluid nature of memory. Whenever we recollect something our brain is constantly changing it as it tries to recall.

When you sit down and start remembering interactions to write about it may be difficult at first. Slowly it will come back, and you will be able to recall the memory entirely. Well, most of it. There will most likely be patches that are vague, or pieces missing. How was the room laid out? What was that person wearing? These holes are perfect areas to utilize the creative part of nonfiction. They allow a little wiggle room for the author to play around and immerse the reader in the experience they had. Though the scene may not be accurate to the reality that occurred, it is accurate to your memory of reality (memoir is the best for this, journalistic pieces are tricky and should be as close to reality as possible).

The next time you have trouble remembering something exactly as it happened, understand that it is an opportunity to explore the creative craft and steep the reader in your experience of reality, rather than a limitation.

 

Nicole Taylor

nonfiction editor

Tips From the Editors: Art & Photography

I am a writer by night, a painter by early morning, an editor for both the journal and for Great River Learning by day, and a half exhausted pigeon by mid-evening. But nonetheless I like to use art as a writer to become inspired. Writing is a form of art, yes, very true, but all art in my opinion has its own unique beauty and value to it. I paint on canvas, one of my many hobbies. I like to paint with acrylics and create abstract forms to see where my mind and creative hand lead me. It honestly, and quite frankly, usually leads to something horrible.  A second grader could do much better than I.  Yet all art, and writing, only take a little bit of talent and imagination, but also lots of practice and hard work. 

Moving on from painting, what we receive is mainly photography submissions, which is great! Since we receive so many photography submission, I would like to provide one tip for photographers that will help give their art a higher chance of acceptance. I recently just bought a Fujifilm Instant Camera, with the old style Polaroid film. As soon as you take the picture, with a click and a crackle slides out the blank white slice of film and you can watch the picture appear without a black light. The first photo I took was of my beautiful curvy pug and  made me realize the lighting, her position, and the background. 

I notice the background in photos probably the most. When I can view a photo from several angles of zooming in or out and side to side that is what makes a photo successfully and gives it a really high change of getting selected to get published by this journal.  Why is setting the scene and utilizing angles the most important tip you might ask? My philosophy is that art should be viewed and used to put in front of people’s eyes so that they can’t miss the beauty of the photographer’s eye that can capture a stunning moment like a child at the end of a dark tunnel bathed in sunlight, or a bush of roses. These two photos had the light, position, and background to make one gaze upon the images with wonder.

Art is fun, so be creative, be open minded, and look for what catches your eye because everyone interprets art a little different.

 

Nicole McConnell

executive/art editor