Take Risks But Be Safe

Short Stories: Stories shouldn’t exceed five-hundred words. We are not too drawn to erotica but, if it’s tasteful, we will see what happens. Excessive cursing is unnecessary and all stories should “show,” “flow,” and “move.” Woody Allen or Hemingway or anyone entangled in the scifi-romance-whatever Midnight in Paris wrote, “No subject is terrible if the story is true, if the prose is clean and honest, and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure.” Please, remember to dot your I’s and cross your T’s. In this circumstance, this means that all punctuation should be where they’re supposed to be, all proper nouns and every word after a period should be capitalized, if you’re indenting, all paragraphs should be indented, and the tense of the story should be constant. Call us anal. We are anal.

Poetry: Poetry should be no more than ten lines or just not unreasonably long. We prefer abstract pieces that veer from the usual sonnets and haikus. If you are influenced by the works of the Beat Generation, you are the one for us. But any art is perfect as long as you put your heart into it. We are also fans of spoken word particularly similar to Brian Dykstra and Steve Colman. We respect that many spoken word artists are emotive but we believe that there is a way to express yourself while saving us from the gore. Sunni Patterson and Talib Kweli are two of our favorite limit-pushing spoken word artists. If you stumbled upon this page and are new to writing in all, read up on poetry to get started.

Photography: Everything is art. High-resolution photos only, though.