Submissions are open July-October and January-April. We publish poetry, essays, images, multimedia, hybrid, cross-, multi-, and post-genre work annually in December and June. We also hold an annual summer chapbook contest judged by the editorial
Ghost: a shadow on the sleeve of your sweater; a rhythm returning from lifetimes before; the meandering suggestion of a river on an ancient, yellowed map.
We are interested in work that does not sit comfortably inside genre labels—work that bends or pushes against traditional limitations; that mixes, blends, and steps outside of the normal bounds. The best way to understand what we're looking for is to read our Special Feature: Hybrid Forms & the Post-Genre Approach.
In this ongoing feature on our blog, we invite writers and artists to take us into their own isolated moments of seeing/being. Send in a photograph, video, or sound clip of the image, song, or moment accompanied by a piece of writing – of any length, in any style or form – that brings us into your moment of awareness. Perhaps it is an old box filled with a meaningful collection; a particular moment of light hitting a brick wall; found text on the sidewalk; a compelling configuration of trees. ‘Frame’ it for us; show us what you see.
‘Letterboxing’ is a contemporary treasure-hunt style outdoor activity, in which clues are used to seek out and find very small, weatherproof boxes in publicly-accessible places. Inside these boxes are unique stamps; finders make an imprint of the stamp in their personal logbook, and imprint their own stamp in the logbook of the letterbox.
But the original letterbox was somewhat different. In 1854 in southwest England, an area guide hid his calling card in a jar in a remote area near Cranmere Pool on the moors of Dartmoor. He encouraged his clients to leave their calling cards in the jar as well. As time went on, visitors to the spot began to leave self-addressed notes and postcards in hopes that other visitors would find them, gather them, and return them by mail to the sender.
At Ghost Proposal, ‘Letterboxes’ is our periodic newsletter. It is a relationship in the form of transmission. A letter from a friend, from a stranger, hand-typed for you. Letterboxes takes the form of one of our past contributors writing a letter to another past contributor. We invite rolling submissions here from all contributors who have had their work published in our magazine or chapbook series, and we encourage you to write to a contributor who may not seem as though they have much in common with you – how do you correspond?
For reference on this initiative, please see “Not the Map but the Winding” in Essay Daily’s series on nonfiction editors discussing the kind of work they seek to publish in their journals.
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