Missing workshop? Need a fresh set of editorial eyes on a short story or memoir? Throughout the month of November, memoir editor Ray Shea will be offering feedback for up to 15 writers (max 2000 words) and fiction editor Katie M. Flynn will be offering feedback for up to 8 writers (max 3500 words).
More details will be available at our Submittable page on November 1.
Of his feedback style, Ray says:
When I read nonfiction submissions for Split Lip, I'm asking of each piece the same things I ask about m...
In the legendary words of Tom Petty, the waiting is the hardest part. And you all have been terrifically patient as we've read your submissions for the Split Lip Summer Mixtape Flash Contest. We loved reading your work and seeing all the different ways that judge Juan Martinez's playlist inspired you.
Narrowing down to a top 10 was no easy feat, and we are hugely grateful to everyone who entered. Thank you for sharing your words with us!
The finalists, in no particular order except alphabetical, are:
This month's featured image comes from David Rodriguez, a photographer based in Spain. His photography pushes past the expected and asks you to look closer -- both literally and metaphorically. Here, he talks more about his featured photograph, "Hush," and and his artistic process.
1. What drew you to Split Lip? How does the featured photo this month speak to that?
The first thing that attracted me about Split Lip Magazine was your philosophy and the way you mix literature and pop culture. I li...
K.C. Mead-Brewer is this month's featured short story writer. Her story, "Pulling Out," is a perfect October read. Be sure to check it out -- extra lights optional -- and enjoy her spin on the single best word for:
It's time for Ask the Editor with Kaitlyn Andrews-Rice! Join us for an hourlong Twitter chat with Kaitlyn on Tuesday, October 24 at 8:30 EST. In the spirit of transparency, Kaitlyn is eager to shed some light on the editorial process -- and all things Split Lip.
Can't make the chat but still have questions? Not to worry! DM @splitlipthemag in advance or tag your posts with #SLFAQ. A roundup of the conversation will be posted on Lip Service afterwards.
Fightin' Words is back with Laton Carter, this month's featured poet. Be sure to check out "Mountains" in our brand-new October issue. And here, he gives the best one-word and one-name answers to our burning questions:
1. What you’re avoiding: laundry
2. Favorite Halloween costume: (box of) Cheerios
3. Superstition: Stevie Wonder
4. Sense of style: Scrabble
5. Friday the 13th: Thelonious Monk
6. Something that smells different than it tastes: candles
Can't wait for our October issue? Neither can we! To tide you over, October's contributors offer some beautiful words about what they've been playing, listening to, and witnessing in the world:
This weekend I listened to the birds that come to the feeders in our backyard — a mixture of finches, chickadees, juncos, and nuthatches. There was a frantic energy about them as they filled their bellies in preparation for colder weather. The testy finches beat their wings in explosive bursts...
Our readers are a treasured part of the Split Lip FAM. They work hard and handle your words with the utmost thought and care, and we want you to know them! So, welcome to Meet the Reader, where we pull back the curtain and ask our poetry, fiction, and flash readers: what makes you say yes to a submission? First up is fiction reader Eric Rasmussen:
"I wish my answer was something that would actually help new or emerging writers, like 'stories about garbagemen!' or 'stories that feature scenes...
This issue's featured art comes from Leah Sophia Dworkin, an artist and writer living in New York. Her work is compelling in its humanity and mix of humor and honesty. She took some time recently to talk to us more about her approach:
Can you talk about your process a little? What medium/s do you usually work with?
Sure! Process is a term I struggle with. Adults are often untaught how to play and art that’s meaningful to me always has some kind of authentic, unintentional spirit. I’m afraid of mentally...
1 - This is my dog, Lola. If she's not in the chair when I am writing, she's underneath it. Or beside it. Or sleeping on the floor behind it. Or trying to get access to my lap by climbing on a nearby stool. 99% of my writing gets done with my dog crawling all over me.
2 - The Golden Owl is a piece I acquired from an artist friend after he decided he was moving from Orlando to New York and needed to liquidate his studio. The owl stares down at me and judges me harshly when I go on Twitter instead of...