Eyedrum Periodically Call for Submissions, Issue 15
Miriam C. Jacobs, Editor
Eyedrum Periodically 15 will go live approximately July 15, 2017
Theme: True Facts
Reading period: May 1 – July 5, 2017
Miguel Cervantes said, “Facts are the enemy of the truth.” Certainly the words true and fact, co-joined, hint at the essence of contradiction. Ken Kesey, in Sometimes a Great Notion, asserts, “Some things can’t be true, even if they did happen,” and conversely, in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, “Some things must be true, even if they didn’t happen.”
In the 1970s, National Lampoon, then a satire magazine, not a film franchise, and born, like Facebook, at Harvard, featured a monthly column at the back, near the comic Politeness Man. The column was named True Facts and it listed reader-submitted ‘facts’ in the form of a police blotter, incidents, however bizarre, that purported to be true. These truths were interesting for many possible reasons. Some might be unusual in terms of sound: ‘Stanislaus Spurgeon, a surgeon, caught a sturgeon in Lake Superior,” I recall. Often they mocked signage (like one I saw recently on a church marquee: Conversions ATM inside) or the media (“Lack of Brains Halts Psychologists Study”) [sic].
For Issue 15, Eyedrum Periodically seeks art and writing that confront the intersection, if such exists, between fact and truth. These key words need not appear in titles of work but, in texts or images, some opposition in the ideas they refer to must.
(Submissions that do not adhere to guidelines will be discarded unopened.)
Eyedrum Periodically accepts only previously unpublished art and literature. By submitting to Eyedrum Periodically, you guarantee your submission to be your own original work, not published elsewhere.
Eyedrum Periodically accepts simultaneous submissions. Please notify the editor promptly if you need to withdraw a piece from consideration.
Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry
Send submissions to [email protected]
Format subject line: Genre Issue number Your last name, example: (Poetry 15 Dickinson)
Send writing submissions in a single attachment. The file name must duplicate the subject line. Please make sure your attachment contains contact information: name, surface address, email address(es) are mandatory; phone number optional. Writing submissions should be in Times font; please do not use boldface.
Poetry: 1-3 poems, single-spaced, up to 5 pages
Essays/Fiction/Prose poems: flash or traditional, no more than 3000 total words, double-spaced.
Drama: London format, one act
In the body of the submission email, please include a short cover text with a 20-50-word biography.
Editing: Eyedrum Periodically follows a style guide and reserves the right to edit accepted writing. You may be consulted about editing decisions.
Visual Art, Media Art
Send submissions to [email protected]
Format subject line: Genre Issue number Your last name, example: (Photography 15 Mann). Label multiple media submissions alphabetically (Sound 13 Lamar A, Sound 13 Lamar B)
Works of sound, film, or visual art may be sent via single or separate attachments.
Visual art: 1-8 works, minimum of 3000 x 2000 dpi; the more dense, the better, please.
Other media: 1-3 files, no more than 10 minutes in length
In the body of the submission email, tell us your name, the title of the submitted work (should match the attachment file name), your original medium (acrylic, digital, vocal, etc.), and the year of composition. Include a short cover text with a 20-50-word biography. Please make sure to provide contact information: name, surface address, email address(es) are mandatory; phone number optional.
Copyright: Eyedrum retains copyright of published work for 4 months, after which rights return to the artist.
Print Anthology: Periodically, Eyedrum Periodically presents a “best of” print edition. At this writing, payment to contributors for a print volume is in copies. Contributors may also be invited to present their work live at a launch party.
At this time, Eyedrum Periodically can offer no payment for accepted works.