CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS ISSUE 8: SEA CHANGE

It is a term that is recycled over and over again: by fitness junkies on Instagram, self-help authors, and artists. It is a byword for transformation that invokes the power and scope of the sea, referring to anything from internal shifts in perspective or all-encompassing societal changes.

The first recorded instance of “Sea Change” was in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, when Ariel, a magical spirit, sings for the apparent drowning of Prince Ferdinand’s father, King Alonso of Naples: 


    Full fathom five thy father lies;

    Of his bones are coral made;

    Those are pearls that were his eyes:

    Nothing of him that doth fade

    But doth suffer a sea-change

    Into something rich and strange.

    Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell


In this original usage, the “sea-change” becomes “something rich and strange,” as bones become coral and eyes become pearls. This metaphorical allusion takes the grim prospect of death and transforms it into a glittering surface of strange richness. “Sea-change” is sung by a magical being, which gives the phrase (along with the associated words "rich" and "strange") a charge of supernatural power even as it evokes the natural element of the sea. 

We cannot think of this term today without alluding to the current environmental changes the sea is undergoing, due to human interference: the warming, the polluting, the becoming barren. To humans, the sea is a great connector between lands, economies, and histories. It is where we go to experience personal change, to breathe, gather our thoughts. It is also the place that terrifies and inspires awe in us.

In reflecting on this theme, we ask: To whom does the sea belong? How is the sea transformative? What sea changes have we witnessed or want to witness in our lifetimes? What are the stories that take place by the sea? How do the natural and supernatural play out in our lives? 

We are looking for your submissions, inspired by the sea.

دعوة للكتابة والمشاركة في العدد  8: التغيير الذي يشبه البحر                                                                                                   البحر, مفهوم يكاد يثير فضولنا كما يفعل الموت. ربما بسبب جهلنا لما فيه وبعده وما يجري من حوله. منذ صغرنا يلهمنا؛ فنرسمه ونلعب بقربه ثم نكبر ونتأمله. وأكثر ما يلفتنا في البحر هو قدرته على التغيير . وتحديدا التغيير الجذري. فهو قد مر عليه الكثير على امتداد الزمان. تحوم حوله     قصص كثيرة وأساطير فيقال أنه الشافي للامراض, والقادر على أن يلعن في الوقت عينه! يشبه تحولاتنا النفسية, بقوة أمواجه عند غضبه, تغير    لونه عند مرضه, ولمعانه عند فرحه.  التغيير والتحول ليس في تطور مفهومه وحسب, بل في التغيير البيئي والمناخي الواقعي الذي يؤثر فيه من   تلوث واحتباس حراري. البحر تمر عليه العواصف وأحداث التاريخ ونبقى نحن لنستلهم منه. فبالنسبة للانسان هو أعظم صلة وصل بين الأراضي,    البلاد, السياسات, والتاريخ.  بناءا على ذلك نسأل: اذا كان البحر يمثل هذا التغيير الجذري, أي نوع تغيير يعبر عنه ؟ و كيف يعبر عن التحولات   التي تحصل من حولنا وفي مجتمعاتنا؟ ما هي التقلبات التي تشبه تقلب البحر والتي شهدناها أو نتمنى أن نشهد عليها؟ أي قصص تحصل من حول  هذا البحر؟ وكيف يتقاطع الواقع بالأسطورة في حياتنا اليوم؟  نحن نبحث عن نصوصكم, المستلهمة من البحر

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Who we publish

Rusted Radishes accepts submissions from anyone who has a relationship with Lebanon or the MENA region, whether you are from there, have traveled or worked there, or have some other tangible connection. Ultimately, our mission is to create a space for these writers and artists. In addition to our seasoned authors, artists, and translators, many of our contributors have been published for the first time by Rusted Radishes.  Our mission is to bring their work into the spotlight. This mission is parallel to publishing previously unpublished work -- to continually share new work to a larger audience.

With the generosity of the Center for Arts and Humanities at the American University of Beirut, we have launched our online journal! This means that while our reading and viewing period for our print issue is between January 1 and April 1, we will be reading for online publication year- round. Rusted Radishes is housed in the American University of Beirut’s Department of English and is supported by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.


How to submit 

Rusted Radishes is published annually. Our reading and viewing period for Issue 8, due out fall 2019, is from January 1 to April 1. All submissions will be considered for print and online publication. To submit, send your work through our Submittable portal; we no longer accept submissions via email. If you have questions, please send an e-mail to info@rustedradishes.com. Any work submitted not in line with these guidelines will not be accepted, nor read.

Attachment: Each writing piece should be  attached in a separate document in .doc form. Each art piece should be sent as a low-res attachment.

Formatting: Simply use a 12 pt font and double-space each prose piece. Please retain the original aesthetic in your poetry.  

Multiple submissions are welcome: But check the guidelines specific to each genre for the maximum allowance.  

Simultaneous submissions are welcome: In the case you need to withdraw work, please do so through the Submittable submissions manager. For poetry, please leave a note as to which poem you'd like to withdraw.

Name each submission ‘title_genre’: Please include your full name and e-mail address on the top of the first page of the actual submission file.

Bio: Please provide a brief bio written in 3rd person that does not exceed 80 words. Please indicate whether you are a student, faculty or alum of AUB; and/or your connection to Lebanon or the region. We reserve the right to  edit your bio for syntax and grammatical correctness.


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Translators are responsible for all author and publisher permissions regarding the source work.

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Authors retain their copyright.

Once you have submitted, you can log-in to your submittable.com account and check on the status of your submission at any time during our submission period starting January 1 or thereafter. If it has been longer than six months since you submitted and you have not received a response from us regarding the status of your submission, you may query us at info@rustedradishes.com for an update.


We accept submissions of Graphic Narratives/Comics or excerpts of unpublished graphic novels. Send up to five.

Pdf, or a series of .jpg images (scans or digital art) at 150 dpi (as submission, then if/when approved, we ask higher resolution). 

Dimensions (size): preferably Rusted Radishes book ratio/size which is 19.5 cm (W) x 24 cm (L); otherwise A4 is fine

File size: less than 10 MB

Ends on April 1, 2019

Please read our general guidelines before submitting! Any submission that is submitted not in line with our guidelines will not be read!

We welcome submissions of different media including but not limited to painting, illustration, collage, photography, sculpture, installation, textiles, ceramics, and digital media. Non-digital work should be scanned or photographed in high quality digital files. All work should be sent in low resolution, and if accepted will need to be provided in high resolution not exceeding 5 MB in size. Each submission should be attached as .pdf, .eps,  .jpeg, or .tiff. You may send up to 5 works. 


Ends on April 1, 2019

Please read our general guidelines before submitting! Any submission that is submitted not in line with our guidelines will not be read!

We accept translations from any language to English and Arabic. 

Please provide both versions when submitting, including any copyright permissions. The translator is responsible for all author and publisher permissions regarding the source work.

Send up to three translations.

Ends on April 1, 2019

Please read our general guidelines before submitting! Any submission that is submitted not in line with our guidelines will not be read!

We seek plays (one-acts and full-length pieces, translations, and adaptations) that take advantage of and/or subvert theatrical conventions.

Theater is not television.

Theater is not cinema.

Theater is theater.

A written play alone does not constitute theater; it is only a small  part of it. We hold that plays are, by nature, incomplete on the page.  With this in mind, our goal is to inspire people to perform the works we  publish. 

Send up to two plays.

Ends on April 1, 2019

Please read our general guidelines before submitting! Any submission that is submitted not in line with our guidelines will not be read!

We seek high-quality literary fiction, and are happy to read stories with both traditional and experimental forms and subjects. We will  consider flash fiction (350-1000 words), short stories (1000-5000  words), and unpublished novel excerpts. Send no more than one long form and one short form story.

Please read our general guidelines before submitting! Any submission that is submitted not in line with our guidelines will not be read!

We seek creative nonfiction that is art, not reportage or diary, and  that is engaging, honest, and original. The voice should be strong and  deliver fresh insights that reach beyond the personal to connect with the universal human experience. All styles and approaches are accepted,  be they flash nonfiction, personal essay, literary journalism, or memoir excerpts. Word limit is 5000 words. Send no more than one long form and one short form essay.

Ends on April 1, 2019

Please read our general guidelines before submitting! Any submission that is submitted not in line with our guidelines will not be read!

We seek poetry of all forms. Send up to five poems in one single document.

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