Writing in the Time of Coronavirus

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Photo taken on the fourth night of our quarantine, March 17, 2020, when the weather felt in sync with our inner landscape. (c) Ann Hagerty Davenport

In this time of coronavirus, life has been turned upside down for virtually everyone on Earth. Now is a time when we need our writing and art, when our instinct to create is tantamount and in tandem with to our instincts to survive and thrive. Worth noting: this is different from the capitalist-induced worry, “Oh shit, I’m stuck at home for two weeks and if I don’t write that book and reorganize my entire house while homeschooling my children I will be a total failure.” Darlings, tear up that script and throw it in the trash-heap right now. Write a poem about what bullshit that is, and how and why we do this to ourselves so often, and let the false construct go. The more compassion we can give ourselves and each other, the better we’ll all be able to weather this storm. And the more we can turn to our art as a pressure release valve, instead of coming to it from a sense of pressure, the more it will nourish us.

In that spirit, we are thrilled to partner with our beloved friends at Fierce Womxn Writing in response to the pandemic. We’re now accepting submissions for an Anthology of Pandemic Creativity. We’re still taking submissions to Terra Preta Review, as well, and are curating an amazing next issue to share with you all.

We’ll also be using our blog more often to post prompts, comfort, and inspiration, in case you need some. We’ll be sharing things we find inspiring or helpful, as well as posting our own thoughts. You can also follow us on Instagram where we’ll be sharing a lot of content too. In the spirit of terra preta, now is the time to dig deep, reconnect to the richness of our own soul’s earth. We will make art that speaks to the breaking-down and supports the building anew, as our own ways of making peace with this totally surreal transition to a new reality. We hope you will too. And we hope you’ll share it with us. In years to come, this anthology will speak to the realities and surrealities of this time in ways that only great writing and art can. The world needs your voice, our voices. Speak your truths (since truth is never a monolith, it’s messy and multifaceted). Make your art. Release your pressure valve. We’re here to support you through this. We feel like our mission as a literary journal speaks to this time directly, even though we never anticipated this happening…

Quick update – good news & bad news

Whenever someone says, “I’ve got good news and bad news,” which do you ask to hear first?

Me, I always want the bad news first – I guess so the conversation will end on a happier note.

So the bad news is that we’ve had to make the difficult decision to skip our planned September issue. We don’t want to put out a rushed or poorly-presented edition, you know? And we have some fantastic works on deck for publication, so the next issue – which will launch on Dec. 21st – is going to be SO FREAKING AMAZING I CAN HARDLY STAND IT.

And that’s not even the good news! The good news is that with the funds raised from submissions and donations in support of our first issue in June, we were able to pay our contributors to that issue AND make a donation to Soul Fire Farm, a fantastic non-profit that we’re proud to support. So if you kicked in a Tip Jar submission of your work before June 21st, or donated in appreciation of our awesome first issue, please know that those funds are making a real difference in the world, and THANK YOU.

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Today’s prompt ::::: rage :::::
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Let the storm rage…

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The link between rage and courage…

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Three more days until our free submissions reopen! Tip jar submissions are open RIGHT NOW if you don’t wanna wait. 😊💚🌱

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Daily prompt ::::: accept :::::
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▫️ The last thing I want to accept…

▫️ I can only accept [fill in the blank] when…

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Today’s prompt ::::: dig :::::

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I dig both hands into the earth…

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I don’t even know what I’m digging for.

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Sending out Earth Day love to one and all. May we bring our awareness to tangible actions we can take – large and small – to honor and heal our Mother. 🌍

And sending SO much gratitude to everyone who’s submitted so far! We are currently choosing submissions for our first issue, due out in June. We love spending time with your work! Submissions are still open for our second issue, due in September. While we’ve used up our free submissions for April, tip jar submissions are available, and free submissions will reopen on May 1st. 💚🌱

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Today’s prompt ::::: ocean :::::
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My heart is an ocean…
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I want to ask the ocean…
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Today’s prompt ::::: wise :::::
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What does it take to be wise?
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If I could ask a wise woman a question…
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Submit your work through midnight Mountain time April 21st to be considered for our first issue! Sad to say we’ve used all our free submissions via Submittable this month, but tip jar submissions are still open, and you can submit for free again as of May 1st. Link to guidelines here.
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Today’s prompt ::::: monster :::::
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There’s a monster in me too…
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I said I have a question for you, monster:
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Submissions accepted through April 21st for our first issue, due out in June. Sorry to say we’ve hit the limit for free submissions through Submittable this month, but we’ll be able to take them again as of May 1st, which will be considered for our September issue. In the meantime, tip jar submissions are still available, if you’d like a speedier response. We’re so truly grateful for your support, and whenever you send in your work, we’re looking forward to spending time with it! 💚🌱

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Today’s prompt ::::: step :::::

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This weathered step’s felt a million feet, but never mine before…

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If each step asks a question, this one’s creaking, “…

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Submit your writing and/or art by midnight April 21st! More info here. 🌱💚

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Today’s prompt ::::: tender :::::
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This wound is still tender…
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If I made the questions I ask myself more tender, maybe I’d say…
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