Corruption is our fall theme for the upcoming journal; and as we all know, it is about complexity. Corruption can be defined many ways: To participate in a bribe or action that is morally wrong; something that can turn a world upside down; an abuse of power; and dishonesty of those in control of that power, leaving questions of who we should trust to uphold integrity and transparency.
But corruption goes beyond even these things, it is a process by which a simple word or well-known expression is changed from its original use and is abused or manipulated into something that it’s not. Corruption is power that rots relationships, it is the gaps between the haves and have-nots, the never ending struggle for happiness, to belong, to gain what you want with an underhanded action.
Stories like the classical Macbeth show the reader a nobleman who kills for power to gain the throne, who lies to keep his wits about him. Or another classic, Animal Farm, by George Orwell, shows how power can persuade a single person to abandon their ethics. Everything human can become undone.
Then there is Batman in Gotham, a compassionate yet calculating man set out to unravel the corruption of city officials and police who are ruled by mobs and gangsters. They all serve a corrupted purpose instead of the greater good, while this superhero strives to follow in his parents footsteps, to rid criminality from the hearts of normally good-hearted people.
For issue 2.2, each editor is looking for this:
Art: I want to see a story in a photo, what has corrupted nature, the world, and people. I want to see who in this world, or what in this world, was made a villain by surroundings, culture, and society.
Poetry: As always, I’m looking for contradictions. For the clumsy poems that say biting things about conniving people; for slimy topics explained with buttery soft language; for tall tales about ordinary people caught in the throws of corruption.
Nonfiction: In real lives, every day, we are forced with choices to make. Some of these situations put us in difficult positions, especially when we do what we must. I want to see how corruption influences the lives of the everyday person and am excited to see the outcome of what happens when people are put in those positions.
Fiction: Corruption depends on the world, the rules and moralities of its people, and how the conflict is solved. With this, and the general term of corruption, I want to bask in each piece—and let its corruption find me.
Issue 2.1 is live! Thank you to all the wordsmiths and artists who contributed to this edition. We couldn’t be more proud, or more thankful for all of you! We are excited to hear what you think. Thank you so much for your continued support.
Or two and a half at this point, but who’s counting (okay, we are!) borrowed solace issue 2.1 will be coming out this Friday.
We are in the midst of some gorgeous sunny weather here in Colorado but by the time the journal comes out on the 29th, the weather is supposed to take a wintry turn. We hope that in the midst of potentially dreary whether our journal will be a source of sunshine in your day. That idea is what borrowed solace is all about. As the name implies, we intend for the journal to be a moment out of your day (or week, or year, or whatever method of tracking time you personally employ) where you can escape into a landscape of serenity and peace.
For this coming spring edition, we hope that peaceful moment is in the spring grass of your mind’s eye, letting the sunshine soak into your face and feeling the sweet spring breeze as it brushes against bare skin.
So in the midst of a blizzard, or a downpour, or even if the days where you are reflect the current season perfectly, we are excited for you to welcome spring into your heart with borrowed solace 2.1.
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!
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!
As we ring in the new year, we are also closing down our submissions for issue 2.1. Be on the lookout for updates as we begin to piece together the spring 2019 journal!
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!
Origin: 1905-1910 [non (real) + fiction (made-up)]
- Nonfiction is an expression of reality; it can be embellished, raw, visceral, and soothing all at once.
This issue is un-themed, there are no restrictions. Submit your semi-tall tale or surrealistic essay, I look forward to reading them.
Origin: 1375–1425 [fict (us) ion (forming nouns)]
I once wrote that that fiction was more than the Google definition of “literature in the form of prose…that describes imaginary events and people,” that it was an escape for both reader and author. And, for me, that’s still true.
- Fiction is finding sanctuary in a mausoleum amidst vampires and ghouls. Or finding refuge in a cruising star ship, listening to a techno-symphony.
- Fiction is finding yourself in someone else’s shoes and experiencing their journey, whether it’s simply a day working at a laundromat or suddenly gaining the magical capabilities to change the course of history.
- Fiction, an experience outside yourself that allows you a small reprieve.
Origin: 1350–1400 [poetrie + maker]
- Poetry is many things and nothing all at once.
- It is the beauty of a still, blank, moment; and the roar of a pulsing, combusting wave of light. This is what makes poetry so unique, and so very important to the literary landscape.
- Poetry allows for the breath between. It is the small, contemplative, instant after a long book, a short story, or an essay.
- It is similar to art in this regard – a fleeting moment, yet it can fill so much space.
Origin: before 950 [ear + be]
- Art to some is fleeting, a moment, a breath, a feeling—there to embrace and gone as soon as one walks away.
- Art for others is everlasting—there to remember, to stand against time, something to go back to and visit.
- Art to me, is neither of these things, to me, art is a collaboration of heart, soul, mind, nature, nurture. It is how one expresses their creative side from the world influencing their creative decisions, and the rest of the world sees the result.
- The true beauty of art is that everyone experiences what they see and feel differently, letting them have their own definition.
- Art is the world of others that shakes me from my own—that makes me peek out from my bubble, step outside the bubble, and understand. It helps me walk in a world different than my own (especially my lovely bubble).
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!