Conjunctions Literary Magazine

The Web Forum of Innovative Writing

All this week we feature work from our May 2016 friendship issue:

“Hansel, Gretel, Grendel,” by Jedediah Berry and Emily Houk
“The Cardinal,” by Brandon Hobson
“Trailer,” by Robert Clark
“From Huck Out West,” by Robert Coover
“Two Poems,” by John Ashbery

We are now accepting submissions for our Fall 2016 issue, Conjunctions:67, Other Aliens, a collection of works of literary science and speculative fiction: innovative short stories, poetry, and essays that explore the vast precincts of unfamiliarity, of keen difference, of weirdness and not belonging.

Who or what is an alien? Someone or something simply unknown to us, a being manifest from an incomprehensible territory? From the depths of the ocean, the deeps of space, an unmapped land far from home? Does otherness emerge from physical displacement, or psychic and spiritual displacement, or does it emerge from other sources? Must difference inevitably provoke fear and mistrust or does it sometimes elicit curiosity instead, firing the drive to explore and understand and even love?

“Alien” is a powerful and flexible word. Aliens are Other, aliens are the stuff of science fiction and fantasy, aliens are traditional literary figures who, when we witness our “normal” lives through their strangers’ eyes (think Frankenstein), cause us to see ourselves anew. Indeed, we become the unfamiliar ones.

While we can’t predict exactly when the issue will fill up, we tentatively expect to be reading for it into August. To find our mailing address and other important submission guidelines, click here.

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