Call for Art Submissions

Submissions are open for Artists for Volume 21, 2023: Myths and Hauntings.  

Deadline for Artists: April 24, 2023

(Deadline for the poetry, prose, flash, etc has passed).

Windward Review is exploring the ethereal beauty and horror of Myths and Hauntings in its annual print and digital publication. We seek creative works in all genres: fiction, poetry, creative essays, flash, plays, screenplays, multilingual works, translations of original works, visual poetry, and hybrid genres. We also publish a small amount of art in each volume and we are looking for cover art.

All interpretations of the theme “myths and hauntings” are allowed and welcomed. We appreciate creative freedom, genre fluidity, experimentation, and innovation. We aspire to be an inclusive space for diverse viewpoints to encounter one another and create the narrative of “myths and hauntings”.

Here are further approaches to understanding the theme: 

  • As Joy Harjo says, “Our forgetfulness stalks us, walks the earth behind us.” What is the relationship between myths, truths, and space? How do forgotten connections between our narratives and the land we inhabit create an emptiness? What is "truth" and is it ethical to own it? How does "truth" inhabit our stories and beliefs? What creates a sense of belonging? 
  • The human condition, to borrow a term from Hannah Arendt, is created through biologies, family, landscapes of existence, and cultural realities. The human condition can create mysterious shapes of hauntings that perpetuate via an invisible mythology: regrets, anxieties, trauma, illness, colonialism, racist, sexism, genocide. How do myths permeate a 21st century existence? How do the ghosts of society haunt the stories we share, and vice versa? What do we purposely cut (or exorcise) out of our history or ourselves? 
  • According to the Oxford Dictionary, a haunting is “poignant and evocative; difficult to ignore or forget.” Hauntings can be echoes of the past, blistering grief, gnawing guilt, or the haunted body. Myths, on the other hand, are open to interpretation, and can be adaptive, especially in the face of personal and public trauma. How do myths or hauntings concretize or complicate lived realities? Do myths harbor hauntings, or exorcise them? What haunts our memories? What myths allow us to heal?
  • “History became legend. Legend became myth,” as Galadriel says from the Lord of the Rings. History is a culturally designated symbol of reality, while myths are stories about how something came into being. How does history become myth? What are some hidden "truths" behind history or mythology? Why and how does history dilute (or concentrate) into something supernatural? What can supernatural stories help us contemplate? 

We are passionate about transforming the not-for-profit publishing landscape and work to make creative expression accessible to all. We accept submissions from well-established as-well-as emerging writers. Though we love to support Coastal Bend creators, we also accept work from national and international writers (location is not a part of the review process). We especially ask for submissions from marginalized voices i.e. people that identify as BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, neurodivergent, or disabled. 

Submission Guidelines 

For all submissions: 
  • Submit your work via our Google Form.
  • Work submitted should be previously unpublished in order to prevent copyright concerns. Work can be “published” informally through social media accounts, etc., but please remove the work from the internet while we consider it for publication. (You are permitted to share the work on social media after we publish it, if it is accepted.)
  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if the work in your submission becomes no longer available.
  • To prevent biased viewing, personal information should not appear anywhere on the submitted document(s).
  • If you include images in your submission document(s), we assume these are meant to be considered with the rest of the submission, but please let us know if the images are optional.
  • Collaborative submissions: We review collaborative pieces (i.e. works with multiple authors or a writer and an artist), but please provide names and email addresses of all artists. 

Art Submission: should contribute to the theme of myths and hauntings

We are creative, open-minded, and considerate, but please contact us if you have any questions!