About the Theme
Google the word “fuel,” and Jacksons, Maverik, and Shell pop up as the first results, followed by off-road wheelers from fueloffroad.com, a band named Fuel, and Thai cooking classes that advertise as “fuel for the soul.” Fuel is power, energy, the stuff that keeps us going. The need for fuel itself has waged wars, encouraged green energy and savings like solar power, and motivated marathon runners to cross finish lines. Is it food? Is it family? A muse, perhaps? What exactly ignites the imagination, accomplishes goals, and gels our creative juices when we’re searching for a boost? Whether you’re tracking close to empty or full-up, write us a 1500-word (maximum) story or poem that incorporates the 2019 one-word Writers in the Attic theme “Fuel.” Submissions due Monday, February 4, 2019 through thecabin.submittable.com.
This year’s contest will be judged by J. Reuben Appelman
J. Reuben Appelman’s memoir, The Kill Jar, was published by Simon & Schuster and is the basis of a four-part docuseries for television airing in 2019 with Appelman as on-camera investigator. Appelman has written for two Netflix-streamed documentaries, Jens Pulver | Driven, distributed by Warner Bros., and Playground, produced by George Clooney. He is a two-time State of Idaho Literature Fellow, holds an MFA in Poetry, and has published two book-length collections of poems, Make Loneliness (Otis Books) and Woodsmoke (Boise City). Make Loneliness was featured by National Public Radio’s Andre Codrescu, who has labeled Appelman a “full grown oracle of language.” The Kill Jar was an editor’s pick or feature for crime writing by the New York Times Book Review, Elle Magazine, Publishers Weekly, The New York Journal of Books, the USA Today network of newspapers, Crime Reads, Bustle, The Baltimore Voice, The Detroit Free Press, and many other media outlets. Appelman is currently serving as visiting professor at Idaho State University and is at work on a crime novel and third collection of poetry.
- Poems, fiction, and nonfiction must apply, abstractly or literally, to the theme “Fuel.”
- Keep entries under 1500 words, not including title.
- No photos, illustrations or artwork.
- Submissions should be typed, Times New Roman, 12pt font, and double-spaced (if prose) and in separate Microsoft Word files.
- To allow for blind-judging, leave personal information off the submission itself.
- The entry fee ($10 members, $15 general public) covers up to 3 poems or stories. Each poem or story will be considered separately for publication.
- Send us your pieces by 12 PM Monday, February 4, 2019.
- Writers will be emailed in the spring as to whether or not their work was chosen for inclusion in the anthology!
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