DoveTales, An International Journal of the Arts
2021 Issue Deadline April 1st 2021
Publication Date: May 15th, 2021
Theme: Letters from the Self to the World
Guest Editor: Adriana Páramo
At some time in our lives, we are, among other things, a conglomerate of silences. The unspoken words remain within us, burdening and burning, passively but relentlessly gnawing at us, begging to be let out of their lair where they live for days, months, years, whole lives.
How do we reconcile our hopes for peace with our inner turmoil? Shouldn’t we be the first beneficiaries of our peaceful activism efforts? Should we not actively fight our inner demons, confront past and present ghosts, lighten the crushing weight of our cumulative Should’ve saids, I should’ve dones? Isn’t self-empathy an essential first step towards the experience of compassion for the living world around us?
The Encyclopedia Britannica defines the word Epistle in straightforward terms: a composition in prose or poetry written in the form of a letter to a particular person or group. It is my hope that you accept this invitation, open your heart, and write your unspoken truths. Send us a letter you never thought you’d write, you know, the one you’ve been toying with for years, or sit down and get that “thing” off your chest that can only start with a cathartic ‘Dear X’. Write to a member of your family, an old flame, a politician, a group of people. It could be a humorous rant, a thank you message, a confession, a belated indictment, a love note, or a message asking for or offering forgiveness. Whether you write this letter to someone else or yourself (how about a letter to a younger self?), write it with your gut, throat, and knuckles; with tender wrists and beating hearts; with rage and fire and love.
In sum: Write your heart out.
Adriana Paramo, Guest Editor
Adriana Páramo is a cultural anthropologist, writer and women’s rights advocate. She is the author of Looking for Esperanza, My Mother’s Funeral, and Unsent Letters to My Mother. Her essays have appeared in multiple literary magazines and been noted in The Best American Essays for consecutive years. She teaches creative nonfiction writing in the low-residency MFA program at Fairfield University. Currently, she writes from the Middle East, where oddly enough, she works as a yoga and fitness instructor.
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Fiction and Nonfiction:
We consider short fiction and personal essays with a unique voice. We do not accept genre fiction. We welcome flash fiction, nonfiction, and lyric essays, as well as translations, with the author’s permission (if applicable). Though the guidelines can be flexible for extraordinary work, published short stories and essays should not exceed 20 manuscript pages. Please submit one story or essay at a time.
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