About Us

Our Mission

We are a free bi-monthly journal of creative writing and photography. Issues will be published on this site on the thirteenth day of the following months: September, November, January, March, May, and July. Issues will also be available as a downloadable PDF. Our inaugural issue will be published on September 13, 2022. All contributors will be paid $10 per published piece. Most calls for submission will begin with a theme and a prompt (see Submissions for details). One issue per year may be open-themed.

Regarding Form

We are not heavily invested in categories, form, or format. In fact, we like work that makes us go, “huh?” We use the categories: poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, essay, and script, loosely. Mix it up. We will consider visual poetry, photography that incorporates text, or other kinds of mash-up. Think otherwise!

Our Muse

The title of this journal is taken from Claude Cahun, a French gender-bending writer, artist, and activist in the first half of the last century. Her work was personal, political, and centered on identity and opposition to cultural conformity. She was part of the surrealist movement, performed acts of symbolic cultural protest, and was imprisoned for her work in the French Resistance.

Cahun was largely a self-portraitist. She used personas and created tableaus, confessions, scripts, collages, montages, and sculptures that challenged cultural norms and expectations, in particular regarding gender and art. Her work included many surrealistic references, influences, and imagery.

Cahun’s most well known book, Disavowals, is hard to categorize…

It appears autobiographical and, indeed, is disarming in the directness of some of its personal descriptions. At the same time, the text calls into question concepts of fixed gender identity and self-knowledge, and is not beholden to any notion of truthfulness … it eschews conventional narrative and realism in favour of aphorism and episodic interludes, and perhaps should be better seen as a series of ‘poem-essays and essay-poems,’ … The book also has a strong visual aspect, with each section introduced by a photomontage by Cahun, typically with self-portraits showing her in various guises … the richly layered text and photomontages create a hunorous but also fragmented and disorienting vision of the narrator.

Jennifer Mundy in the Introduction to Disavowals

We are inspired by Claude Cahun, but not looking to imitate her. You don’t have to be familiar with Cahun, or her work, to submit to us.

Our Interests

Identity

We are interested in works about identity, the self, and the personal. How do we, as unique individuals, navigate a world that doesn’t necessarily conform to us? What does it mean to be an individual in a society?

How many are you? Are you a single person with a single identity, or do you have the capacity to embody multiple personas? How do you present yourself to the world? To your friends? Co-workers? Lovers? Are you even you?

Gender

We are curious about gender. What is it? How can we move away from the restrictions inherent in a gender duality? How important is our gender to our sense of self? Is gender fixed, fluid, or subject to change? Why is gender important? Is it?

Trauma & Recovery

What’s your trauma? The question isn’t facetious or ironic. No one here gets out unharmed. Whether as a child or an adult, whether slight or grievous, all of us have been harmed. How has that shaped you? In particular, how has that shaped your sense of self?

What obstacles or challenges have you overcome? What obstacles stand in your way? How has society pushed you down and how have you gotten back up? Have you gotten back up? If not, what do you seek or need to be whole?

Creative Expression

Why write? Why take photographs? Where does the artistic impulse come from? Does art have a purpose beyond its existence? Is it self expression? If not, then what is it?

Intuition & Dreams

What are they? Where do they come from? Are these two phenomena related? Do they inform or influence you or your work? Are they integral to your survival as a human being?

How to Submit

Please go to Submissions. If you have already read that page, you can skip directly to our Submission Form.