Issue 35, Final Fringe

Tagged: submissions

Our 2012 Theme Issue: Remnants

by Fringe Magazine, Fringe Magazine 10.13.2011

Fringe seeks submissions for its sixth-anniversary theme issue: REMNANTS.

Remnants are fragments, scraps, traces of what came before. Remnants are the slivers of soap left in the dish and mashed into a ball. They’re Sappho’s poems, incomplete, but evocative; the crumbling, Gilded Age mansions of Detroit, vestiges of better times; the still-burning bits of rig from the Deepwater Horizon spill; the vacation train ticket found stashed in your wallet, half a decade later; and the love letters scattered by the Joplin tornado. Remnants—the remainders of our lives—speak to the whole that has vanished.

As always, we invite you submit work that engages the theme topically and/or formally.

Submissions for art close February 15, 2012. All other submissions close March 15, 2012. Please follow our guidelines, and add “Remnants” to your subject line.

Here are some Remnant-themed possibilities to get your mind going:

From the Fever-World, by Jehanne Dubrow
Y: The Last Man, by Brian Vaughn and Pia Guerra
Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood
The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
Found Magazine
Blood Dazzler, by Patricia Smith

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Our 2011 Theme Issue: MAPS

by Fringe Magazine, Fringe Magazine 09.06.2010

Fringe seeks submissions for its fifth anniversary theme issue: MAPS.

Like the best writing, maps show us the world and also tell us about it. On a literal level, they tell us where we’re coming from, show us what we’re headed toward, and in the modern age, lay out the most efficient route to get us where we’re going. They can reveal far more than geographical truth — take Charles Joseph Minard’s map of Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow, which uses geography, temperature, time, and army size to tell the story, or the Beehive Collective’s graphic representing colonialism in the Andes, or our map of the human genome. Maps can be literal (atlases, highway maps, directions one stranger draws for another), virtual (Google Maps, GPS, tag clouds), and political (urban food deserts, “unspecified locations,” geographical privilege, red-state-blue-state maps). And of course, maps delineate the areas about which we know nothing, the spaces in which imagination has free reign—Here there be dragons.

Submissions close January 5, 2011. Please follow our guidelines, and add “Maps” to your subject line.

Some sites to get you thinking about the possibilities for this theme:

Denis Wood, cartographer
Info Aesthetics, “Where form follows data”
Edward Tufte, theorist of information design
Radical Cartography
Counter Cartographies Collective
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Announcing the 2010 Theme Issue: Working

by Fringe Magazine, Fringe Magazine 10.12.2009

workingFringe Magazine seeks submissions for its fourth anniversary theme issue, “Working.”

To paraphrase a children’s classic, everybody works. Work crosses barriers between race, class, and gender, and sometimes (but not always) describes a person’s place in the broader social order. Now, with the economy just beginning to recover from its catastrophic collapse, working has assumed a great-than-usual prominence in national and international conversation, and not just because it helps people survive fiscally. People often define themselves through their jobs and, through useful labor, find value in themselves.

We’re looking for writing about how and why working—or not working—defines who we are, whether working brings dignity or humility to its doers, how it stratifies and sometimes defies our ideas about social class and who is or is not worthy of attention. We’re particularly (although not exclusively) interested in writing from a blue-collar perspective.

Submissions close January 1, 2010. Please send us your best work—see our guidelines on how to do so— and add “Working” to your subject line.

Fringe Magazine was founded in 2005 by an all-women group of editors dedicated to political and experimental literature. The quarterly online journal has published work by 120 writers and artists since its first issue in February 2006. Each... more »

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How to Pitch Fringe

by Lizzie Stark, Lizzie Stark 09.02.2009

Now that Fringe has put a call letter out for Features, the pitch letters have been rolling in. It seems not everyone knows how to write a letter pitching a feature story or interview, so I thought I’d provide some handy tips that cover what Fringe looks for.


  • Tell us what type of story you’re pitching. Is it a review? An interview? A feature?
  • Spend a paragraph describing your topic, that includes a reason why you think it would be of interest to Fringe readers. This is the place to show that you’ve been to more of our site than just our guidelines page. Are you interviewing a first-time author published by a small press? Writing a feature on avant-garde poetry? Reviewing a small-press book that explores the intersections between literature and politics?
  • Explain who you are and explain any relevant credentials you have. Are you a published freelancer? A first-time writer?
  • Send the piece as an attachment if you’ve already written it. If you haven’t, send online clips of your writing, if you have ‘em.
  • Write two to five paragraphs, but no more than a single typewritten page.


  • Address the letter to a “sir.” The vast majority of us here at Fringe aren’t sirs, so... more »
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