for Spring/Summer 2011 Issue (Vol. 2, No. 1)
The Village Pariah, a bi-annual literary journal sponsored by the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, is accepting submissions for its second issue. We publish poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, and other works inspired by the writings and life of Mark Twain, his hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, the Mississippi River, the Midwest, and small town or rural life in America.
Our theme for this issue is: TRAVEL. In Tom Sawyer Abroad Huck said, "I have found out there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them." Sound familiar? Send us your travel memoirs and miseries in prose, fiction, poetry, or journal format. You might also find some inspiration in Twain's words from The Innocents Abroad: "Travel is fatal to bigotry, prejudice, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad wholesome charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime."
Each issue will also include an introductory essay by an established author, poet, artist, songwriter, etc who speaks of Twain’s influence on his or her art or life. We welcome writings from established writers, as well as those who are new and unpublished.
Electronic submissions only. Please limit poetry to five poems and prose to 3000 words. Entries should be sent as a Word document in an email attachment. Please include name, contact information, and a short bio along with your submission. Our reading period is now open and entries will be accepted untilAugust 1, 2011.
All proceeds from the journal go to support the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum.