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Box is a space for spaces. The blank versus the filled, the roar versus the silence, the unknown and the identified; the empty void and what, and who, fills it. We're drawn to philosophical inquiry, moral and universal quandaries, problems that remain unsolved or don't yet exist, and artwork that illuminates or twists areas that have never been illuminated before. Like Schrödinger's cat puzzle or the Ship of Theseus, humanity and the spaces we inhabit and inhibit contain unfathomable and ambiguous dilemmas, illusions, and dimensions. Send us yours.

Our theme for this print anthology is "Minimalism." This is most importantly a flexible theme, and we'd primarily like to consider whatever your interpretation is of the word "Minimalism." Beyond that, consider the white space, the black space, the glare of light and the power of shadow, and how they all clash and contrast each other. Humans tiptoeing in or outside of the void; objects and places so small they seem vast, so quiet they become loud. More concretely, we aren't just looking for stories and poetry based around the minimalist art movement (although of course we'd like those, too), but stories and poetry that deal with the above—contrasts in various ways, a sense of quiet, voids and vacuums, the space inside the mind and the vast smallness of the settings the characters move in. 

Payment is $50 for short stories, $30 per poem, $30 per visual art piece, and one copy of the anthology, seen here. The anthology will be released in October, and we'll have a response to you by then.


Specifics: Rules and Limitations

Fiction and Nonfiction

-We are looking for stories, flash fiction, and essays under 4,500 words.
-We welcome you to use whatever formatting you think is best for your writing. We only ask that you please remove all identifying information from your document.
-Simultaneous submissions are fine for the anthology, however we ask that if we choose and notify you as a finalist, you withdraw your work from consideration elsewhere.
-Please use a .doc or .docx file type.
-We prefer works that are previously unpublished. However, if you have a published piece you really think will vibe with us, go ahead and send it our way.


Poetry
-Please send us 1-4 poems in a single document.
-We welcome you to use whatever formatting you think is best for your writing. We only ask that you please remove all identifying information from your document.
-Simultaneous submissions are fine for the contest, however we ask that if we choose and notify you as a finalist, you withdraw your work from consideration elsewhere.
-Please use a .doc or .docx file type.
-We prefer works that are previously unpublished. However, if you have a published piece that you really think will vibe with us, go ahead and send it our way.

Art

-Please send us up to five images for consideration. We'll use accepted art pieces to pair with fiction and poetry. We are especially interested in art that subverts the norm or deals with minimalism or surrealism. Check out the cover on our website for inspiration.

-Send us whichever size and file type you think is best. If we need something different, we will email you.

-We pay each artist $30 and one contributor copy.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.