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Descant (Canada) has announced two new calls for submissions. First, for an issue themed “Masala,” the journal “is looking for the stories of the Indian Diaspora, its triumphs and its tragedies. Essays, poems, fictions, memoirs, and art work which show the ways in which the Indian peoples connect with one another worldwide and also differentiate themselves from and yet are still linked to modern India.” Submission deadline for “Masala” is August 15, 2012. Then, for an issue on “The Hidden City,” the journal will focus on “that which escapes first notice in the world’s myriad urban landscapes. From buried rivers to underground habitats to the city’s silent/silenced citizens to the city transformed by darkness, we want your best creative work on the creatures, geographies, and societies that elude our surface experience.” Submission deadline for this issue is June 15, 2012. Pays: $100 (presumably in Canadian dollars) on publication.
In the Snake is a new online magazine currently seeking short fiction submissions, up to 10,000 words. “Please do not submit novel excerpts unless they are self-contained as works of fiction. We are especially interested in stories that focus on character development, perception of self, and interpersonal relationships that reflect the nature and of the human experience. All genres are accepted.” Pays: $50. (via @femministas)
Houstonians, Writers in the Schools (WITS) is looking for creative writing teachers. “WITS is looking for 10-12 writers who can teach the joy of creative writing to young people. Employment is part-time, typically 2-6 hours of teaching one day a week from September – May. A yearlong commitment is required; however, writers who are selected to be on the WITS roster are not guaranteed immediate teaching opportunities. The pay is $55 per teaching hour. In addition to teaching, the job duties include preparing lessons, responding to student work, and compiling anthologies of student writing at the end of the school year. We are looking for writers and educators with teaching or mentoring experience who can convey their passion for the written word in ways that are relevant for Houston-area children. In particular, we are seeking bilingual writers, but others are encouraged to apply as well.” Deadline: August 1, 2011.
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