What is a classic? What does it mean to us?
In this issue of qarrtsiluni, which will begin publishing around May 1, we invite you to engage, interpret, revisit and re-invent classics through your own idiosyncratic and modern sensibility.
We’re looking for work inspired by the archetypes and forms of familiar pieces of art, sacred story, poetry, iconography or folk tales, but the term “classic” should be interpreted both broadly and internationally, and could certainly encompass contemporary work so familiar it has become part of our collective psyche.
Yes, Greek myth or Roman epic as archetype or inspiration for your own peculiar spin, but also: Sundiata, Pride and Prejudice, Andy Warhol paintings, Basho’s haiku, the Green Man, the VW Bug, Frankenstein, Tiamat, The Dhammapada, rock and roll, Anansi tales, banshees, Sedna, avatars turned online/gaming identity, fox woman, Nero Wolfe, creation stories, 1950’s creature features — surprise us with something we can’t help but recognize, even as we’ve never seen it put to your uses.
Transform, transpose, transgender, trans-border our expectations with your wholly familiar, yet wholly new, take on a classic.
We’re open to any forms, including cross-genre. Flash fiction/very short stories are especially welcome (1,000 words or under). Please send no more than three poems or photographs, and only one video, at a time. As always, be sure to refer to the general guidelines before submitting. The deadline for submissions is March 31.
—Ann E. Michael and Jessamyn Smyth, guest editors
Poet, essayist, librettist and occasional radio commentator Ann E. Michael (website) is also a college educator/tutor in eastern Pennsylvania. She is the author of three chapbooks of poetry, an avid gardener, and an advocate for the arts.
Jessamyn Johnston Smyth’s writing (website) has appeared in American Letters and Commentary, Red Rock Review (forthcoming), Nth Position, Abalone Moon, qarrtsiluni, and other journals and anthologies. She won listing in Best American Short Stories/100 Distinguished Stories of 2005, and has received a Pushcart Prize nomination, a Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference grant, a Vermont Community Foundation Artist Grant, and a writing grant from Change, Incorporated. Jessamyn has just finished a collection written during a year spent in the forest, and is working on placing Green Mountain Prose Poem. She has several other books in progress.