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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.

(Excuse the following Arabic formatting - we have no control over this!)

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


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 (Extension: April 10). 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 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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Once you have submitted, you can log-in to your 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 for an update.

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