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Come Outside!

January 1, 2007

Welcome to qarrtsiluni, and Happy New Year to all our readers and contributors! We’re looking forward to an exciting 2007 and are happy to announce that the theme for January-February will be “Come Outside,” guest-edited by Fiona Robyn of A Small Stone.

Fiona invites your submissions with the description that follows. (For the nitty-gritty details on how to submit, click on How to Contribute in the sidebar.)

Come outside. Put on your coat, leave your comfortable home. Outside there is weather, the generous sun, the lonely stars. Outside there are gardens, with slugs and poppies and last night’s half-empty wine glasses. Outside there are tangled forests, wide rivers, fields of corn. Outside there is a boy kicking a can across the street, and an old lady talking to herself at the bus stop.

I’m looking for words or pictures that will transport me to where you are. I’m looking for work that shows attention to detail, that is pared down to the bone — something that will shock me a little. I can’t wait to see what you’ve got for me.

Send your submissions through right away — they’ll be considered until February 15th, for publication throughout January and February. A shorter-than-usual word limit of 1000 words, please.

Since this theme lends itself equally to visual responses, we invite submissions of photographs, drawings, paintings and other images — especially those which are perhaps a less-than-literal interpretation of “Come Outside.”

–Beth Adams and Dave Bonta, managing editors

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