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Call for Work: Unicorns

Pine Hills Review is having its first themed series of features, which will be edited by the students in English 254: Online Journal Editing and Publishing at The College of Saint Rose.

We’re interested in poems, essays, short stories, art and photography, anything that relates to unicorns. 

The unicorn has symbolized many things and taken on countless forms over the centuries. We’re not just talking about cute unicorns and fantasy unicorns, although they’re cool. The unicorn also represents the magical, the unattainable thing, a peak experience, or an idealized being. Through ancient stories and the Old Testament and beyond, the unicorn represents the strong and wild, the creative spirit. Today, the unicorn has been described as a queer icon in LGBTQ communities and beyond for their otherness and ostentatiousness. Unicorns also symbolize polyamory, their ability to blur the lines between masculinity and femininity. Unicorn can mean the ideal candidate, investor, or the perfect partner; the unicorn is invoked for helping institutions achieve diversity. The unicorn could be a widower, “that elusive creature that all single women are looking for,” in CBS’s The Unicorn. The unicorn is also the the promise that’s never fulfilled. Unicorns go hand-in-hand with the bait-and-switch, the ability to incite conflicts in gaming, with grieving and mourning over a perfection never attained. 

Deadline: March 13, 2020.

We encourage female and nonbinary writers and those outside a position of sociological privilege (i.e., non-white, differently abled, LGBTQIA+, etc) to submit their work.

Work will be published throughout April and May 2020.

Send your unicorn writing and art to pinehillsreview@gmail.com

Guidelines

Our submission guidelines have changed effective February 15, 2020.

Our regular reading period is September 1-April 30.

Pine Hills Review seeks submissions of previously unpublished fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. We are interested in quality work, no matter the genre, form, or style. Hybrid and experimental works are encouraged.

We encourage female and nonbinary writers and those outside a position of sociological privilege (i.e., non-white, differently abled, LGBTQIA+, etc) to submit their work.

Send all work and a cover letter with contact information and a third-person bio in a single Word file.

Poetry submissions should include no more than six poems total; combine all poems into one document as a single submission. 

Nonfiction and fiction submissions should be no more than 3,000 words.

Hybrid or cross-genre work or visual work or excerpts from larger projects should be no more than 3,000 words. If there are visual elements or are sending visual work, attach as jpeg in your email or paste it into your Word file.

Specify “[genre name] submission [name]” for both email subject and name of the Word attachment. Submissions without this language will not be read.

Send work to pinehillsreview@gmail.com


Image: “My Second Favorite Unicorn Squishy” by Beatrice Nester

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