Friday, February 05, 2010

Rob facebooked an interesting submission request from Succour.
So for all you clever people out there who do weekly poetry challenges, how about giving this a shot -

Succour: The New Fiction, Poetry and Art Magazine

Submission Details

For Succour 11, our Spring/Summer 2010 issue, we would like to invite submissions which pertain not to a theme, as has hitherto been the case, but which adhere to a pair of conditions.

Condition 1: All submissions should be written on Saturday February 6th, 2010.
Condition 2: What you write should not be an attempt to execute an idea – for a story, for a poem, etc – that has previously occurred to you. Rather, we would prefer you to write whatever happens to come into your head at that particular time.

The idea for this issue was inspired by 20 Lines a Day by Harry Mathews, in which the author sets out to follow a rule Stendhal once set himself, to write ‘Twenty lines a day, genius or not’. Mathews undertakes this project in an attempt to overcome ‘the anxiety of the blank page’; it becomes part of his writing practice, his way of starting off, getting in the zone, before going on to whatever his main writing project may be. We would like submissions to February 6th, 2010 to be written in the same spirit.

We will be accepting submissions to February 6th, 2010 from Saturday February 6th 2010 until Monday February 8th 2010 – thereby allowing a couple of days for typing up etc.

8 comments:

swiss said...

ah succour. i saw this and tho it's a good idea, won't be entering. they're unbelievably poor at responding, possibly the worst of any magazine i've been in contact with. he said, in an unimpressed tone!

Sorlil said...

really? I've never sent anything to them before, but if I do do something it'll probaby not be worth keeping to send anywhere else, lol

swiss said...

absolutely. it was one of those did you recieve it? no reply are you going to use it? no reply, type scenarios.

twice. and sufficient for me.

Dominic Rivron said...

The idea is a good one. For a minute I thought it might involve stamps, envelopes, etc. But they invite email submissions...

Nevertheless, given swiss' reservations, and the fact that it's good idea that doesn't belong to anyone(except perhaps Stendhal) why not host it yourself?(You'd have to reset the date, of course).

I'd be up for it.

Sorlil said...

hi dominic, I'm usually no good at these kinds of writing exercises which is why I rarely do them much less host them!!

Titus said...

Interesting idea, but weekends not terribly good for me as no school.
I am also heeding the words of swiss. But who knows? I love the instant stuff!

Sorlil said...

that's mine done, dusted and sent off, who knows if I'll ever hear from them!

Rob said...

I dunno... I always heard from them with my submissions without any problem. Maybe it was a one-off thing, swiss.