Manticore: Hybrid Writing from Hybrid Identities will be an online anthology of prose and poetry edited by Nicole Oquendo and published by Sundress Publications.
I wondered how and why this anthology came to be, so I asked editor Oquendo a few questions to find out. See the interview and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Manticore originally started?
OQUENDO: I’ve been interested in hybrid and multimodal work for a long time, seeking it out for my own enjoyment above other types of work and also crafting it myself. It was only recently, though, that I realized my own explorations into hybrid and multimodal forms were my way of making sense of my identity through writing and art. The hybridity I had been seeking out was validating my own existence. Moreover, I learned through collaboration with other neurodivergent and chronically ill writers and artists that this type of varied expression suited them for the same reasons. Once I realized this connection was deep and widespread, I knew I had to collect this kind of work for others to feel that same validation.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
OQUENDO: Manticore will be an online anthology, which I’m excited about for a number of reasons. The biggest, though, is that we’ll be able to feature hybrid, multimodal, or otherwise experimental work in a way that print can’t or won’t because of expense. If your work is text-only, that’s completely okay, but if it’s got visual or sound components, that’s okay too.
Structure aside, we are especially interested in work from writers and artists of color, trans, queer, neurodivergent, or disabled writers and artists, writers and artists with invisible illnesses, and anyone else who feels their identity is itself an intersection. If you believe your identity is a hybrid form that influences your craft, we want to hear from you.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
OQUENDO: I love DIAGRAM, Seneca Review, Grist, BOAAT, Rogue Agent, Menacing Hedge, and really, any journal that is willing to take risks with the writing they publish.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
OQUENDO: The full submission call, including specific submission guidelines, can be found in the “submit” section of sundresspublications.com.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
OQUENDO: Work and any questions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEADLINE: May 15, 2017
FORMS: poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and multimodal/hybrid
Categories: Call for Submissions