As 2010 comes to a close, I conducted a search of year-end Calls for Submissions with the hopes of finding one more compelling opportunity to submit original fiction, essays, and poetry. Thanks to the extensive list of calls from publications, presses, colleges, and universities compiled by NewPages.com, I stumbled upon The Caterpillar Chronicles, a brand new literary and arts magazine now accepting submissions for its inaugural January 2011 issue.
The premise of The Caterpillar Chronicles is to “kindle experimental exercises in creative writing based on images.” The theme of the first issue is – wait for it – mirrors. With much of my research and coursework at Chapman based on the mimetic literary device of mirrors, reflective imagery, and portraits, this is one call I will most certainly have to answer.
Submissions may be critical essays up to 5,000 words, reviews up to 500 words, letters up to 2,000 words, “fictional auto/biographies,” and short stories that begin with the following line:
There is a white hole in the wall, a mirror. It is a trap. I know I am going to let myself be caught in it… (Jean-Paul Sartre, Nausea)
The submission deadline for this issue is December 31. For more information or to submit your work, visit www.thecaterpillarchronicles.com. Good luck!