Reckoning 8 Submission Call


We’re very excited to announce, for the forthcoming Reckoning 8, editors Knar Gavin and Waverly SM! Read on for their issue-specific submission call.

Reckoning is a journal of creative writing on environmental justice; we’re looking for fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, poetry and art.

For Reckoning 8, we want thinking, writing and art about … this. All of this, right now. We want to hear about active resistance to the patriarchofascist, corporate-captured extractive state. Show us what it means that in order to build Cop City*, a massive facility intended to train a new generation of lethal enforcers into an institution directly descended from slave patrols, the state of Georgia and its actors must first level a forest and label protestors “domestic terrorists” as a precursor to murdering them. Help us understand how strategies of repression and control all over the world concentrate agency in the hands of the few at the expense of all other life. We are looking for work in opposition to a broad, insidious fascism that treats water, trees, and bodies as exploitable, expendable resources rather than sacred, essential components of our global, infinitely interconnected and interdependent web of life.

As always, we’re seeking work from people of all genders or none, all sexualities or none, of all neurotypes, all levels of physical ability, from all racial and ethnic backgrounds, in all parts of the world. We’d love to add all languages to that, though we publish in English and are currently limited to reading submissions for potential translation in Spanish, French and Swedish.

Payment is 10 cents/word, $50/page of poetry, $50 minimum per piece of artwork. We don’t charge submission fees.

We’re always open to submissions. Deadline for Reckoning 8 is the solar equinox, September 22, 2023.

Read the full guidelines and submit!

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Author: Knar Gavin

Knar Gavin (they/any) is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, where they recently served as the Poetic Practice Fellow. Their research attends to representations of environmental crisis in late-20th- and 21st-century poetry and poetics, and they are drawn toward learning from and sharing the prefigurative political possibilities that emerge in works of documentary and ecopoetry. Knar is also an environmental justice organizer and participates in bottom-up collective struggles, including those against extractive, toxic industries and ecocidal development projects. Recent poetry can be found in AGNI, NiCHE, Perpetual Doom and West Branch, and their 2019 poetry chapbook Vela is available through the Operating System. You can find their essay on the idiom of “climate grief” in Annulet: A Journal of Poetics.

Author: Waverly SM

Waverly SM is a 2019 Lambda Literary Fellow whose work has appeared in We're Here: The Best Queer Speculative Fiction 2020 (Neon Hemlock, 2021), Stim: An Autistic Anthology (Unbound, 2020), Lucent Dreaming, SAND, and Catapult. They can currently be found trying to approximate the anchorite lifestyle on the unceded territory of the Mi'kmaq People.

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