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!
“Read. Read. Read. Read many genres. Read good writing. Read bad writing and figure out the difference. Learn the craft of writing.”
– Carol Berg
Issue 1.3, Home, is out! Thank you to all of the wordsmiths and artists who submitted to us. We welcome everyone into our home for a moment – take your shoes off and stay for a while!
Issue 1.3, Home, is now available! Visit the store or click on the image above to purchase!
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!
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.
And 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!