Issue #5 Theme: “Making Kin: Part II”.

In her essay “Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Plantationocene, Chthulucene: Making Kin,” Donna Haraway urges us to revision “kin” and “kinship” in such a way as to include non-blood relations and nonhumans. “We need to make kin sym-chthonically, sym-poetically. Who and whatever we are, we need to make-with—become-with, compose-with—the earthbound…My purpose is to make kin mean something other/more than entities tied by ancestry or genealogy.” Issue #5 (like Issue #4) of Dark Matter will center on writing and artwork that offer ways to embody and/or enact an expanded vision of kin/kinship.

Submissions deadline for issue #5 Making Kin Part II is March 3, 2017.
Submissions Deadline has been extended to April 7th, in all categories except poetry

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We welcome writing in all forms and genres as well as artwork in all mediums. All poetry and fiction must be accompanied by notes bridging to the journal’s mission. Context and commentary are required for dreams, visions, and other communications.

We also welcome submissions for After•Words, in which writers offer responses to books, films, artwork, cultural events—not necessarily current ones—that they feel make an important contribution to our mission. Responses can be creative—the work may serve as a springboard for the writer’s own reflections— and they can be as brief or as long as they need to be, within our 5,000-word limit.

  • Submissions in French and German welcome; we will provide translation.
  • 5,000 word limit
  • Send as MS Word doc or, for graphics, send a Jpg file (up to 250ppi)
  • Send your copy to:
    * Written materials should be sent as one document. *

If after looking through the current issue, and reading the above submission guidelines, you still have questions about what we publish or how to submit, please click here.

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