The theme of Local Nomad’s summer 2017 issue will be “Truth or Consequences.” The theme is inspired by the old game show of the 1950s & 60s, in which contestants suffered jokey consequences if they could not discern the “truth.” So, what is truth and what is fake? And what are the consequences of each?
Facts, reality, “alternative facts,” lies, and omissions. The intention that weaves it all together, the harm done or repaired. Surrounded by a sea of information, the need to discern truth from lies seems to weigh heavily upon us. Does truth set us free? Can we handle it? Does it really exist? Or do we give up and find comfort or power in the tales and outright lies we tell ourselves and others? In any case, explorations into the nature of truth and deception are often a slippery slope, thus providing a perfect theme for poetry, fiction, and art.
Approach this however you wish, by addressing the body politic, by delving into personal memory or fantasy, by picking apart or playing with language and images, by questioning meaning, or . . . ? It’s your call, subject to the constraints of our submission guidelines (see below).
Local Nomad publishes mostly poems and art (including audio & video) online, as well as works of short-short or flash fiction and non-fiction by both emerging and established artists. We do not limit submissions to specific genres or aesthetics, but admit we’re partial to experimental/exploratory forms (for example, oulipo, vispo, and conceptual poetry), magical realism and surrealism, as well as speculative forms (fiction, poetry, art that explores the terrain of “what if?”). We welcome perspectives from a variety of cultures, ages, lifestyles, and migratory routes. Each issue revolves around a broad theme, which can be approached in any number of ways. Non-fiction essays focus on the arts, especially writing and visual art; but we’ll consider other non-fiction topics, including reviews and the personal essay, if the content and language is thought-provoking and well-written.
Before submitting your work, check the deadline and theme for the next issue. You may submit no more than 5 poems for any one issue. You may submit up to 3 works of flash fiction, 1 work of short-short fiction, or 1 work of non-fiction related to the current theme. We accept simultaneous submissions. Send your work by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a short introductory note with brief bio information, and attach your submission. Art or photograph submissions should be fairly large, at least 1200 by 1500 px, and sent as jpg. Flash fiction: no more than 150 words. Short-short fiction should be no longer than 1,000 words, and non-fiction (including reviews) no more than 1,500 words.
“…It seemed to me as I stood there before the glass case, grubby and jetlagged, that human beings when they became upright aspired to two conditions: becoming birds or becoming trees, wanderers or settlers, oscillating between their roots and their wings, exiled whichever way they turned.” — A Book of Migrations, Rebecca Solnit