Seeking: Assistant Editors

  • We’re looking for readers in POETRY or FICTION (not both). Volunteer assistant editor positions, 4+ hours/week. [Don’t submit in this category: see below.]
  • We offer: collaboration with other lit heads; editorialesque experiences; megalomania/a positive “work environment”/cookie emojis. We have often heard it said that reading for a magazine improves one’s writing and submission confidence.
  • The position: reading unsolicited submissions and rendering a vote to decline, accept, or someone-else-should-read-this-maybe-they’ll-like-it; meeting deadlines; participating to the extent you are able in promotional/social activities such as direct sales/consignment stocking (required), cafe clatches, author solicitation, AWP tabling.
  • Editorial work is remote, through Submittable and Slack/email.
  • You must: be somewhat familiar with and approve of Storm Cellar; have a well-developed aesthetic taste in prose or poetry; like writing different from what you’ve seen before; be ready to say something compact and informative about submissions within a short time; pass through a try-out period. Assistant editors substantially shape what is selected for publication.
  • Familiarity with the Midwest a plus. BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ perspectives are especially desired. Preference to those in the Twin Cities or San Diego areas.
  • EMAIL in one text document: your name, approximate location, and email address, a one-paragraph description of what you consider to be your qualifications, and a summary of your favorite item(s) from past issue(s), if any, including brief(!) reasons why you like them. No résumés. stormcellar dot editor at gmail
  • Open until filled or the end of September.

Issue 8.1 Out Now!

Oh wow oh wow, Dear Reader, the new issue of Storm Cellar is here at last! Check it:

Morgan Stephenson - "I didn't cry at your funeral" and Pretty Façade

Contents

FICTION
Carly Gomez – Everything That Fits in a Tote
Genevieve Mills – A Guide to Guarding the Princess

NONFICTION
Vinitia Swonger – #1, I Limit Myself
Nichole Rued – A Smart Girl’s Guide to Boys (A Found Essay)

FLASH
Kathleen Hull – The Methods
Daniel Uncapher – Logic Puzzles
Annie Woods – Amazon Review of Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips (14 Count)
Sionnain Buckley – Our Eggs
Brooke Larson – Written ConcernWord Lantern

POETRY
Dionne Custer Edwards – Elegant Spot
Amy M. Alvarez – Sometimes
S.A. Leger – Blemishes on a Mouse Carcass
Faiz Ahmad – The Apartment
Nadia López García translated by Anthony Seidman – Ntuchinuu  [Eyes]
Jacob Rivers – They told him that he was either going to jail or going to die of an overdose
Betsy Johnson – up to wonders
Esteban Rodríguez – Cupio dissolvi
Sara Karim – Revival
Lucas Shepherd – Outside the Student Center on Campus I Noticed a Veteran

IMAGES
Guilherme Bergamini – Old Havana
Alexander Chubar – Unity
Bex Saunders – That Sinking Feeling
Roger Camp – Red and White Umbrella, Yerevan, Armenia
Kristen Kurlich – What Can Be Done
KJ Hannah Greenberg – Been There Done That
Covers by Morgan Stephenson – “I didn’t cry at your funeral.”Coffee and Cigarettes“Always dress in your Sunday best.”, Pretty Façade

PLUS
Rejected Pollens

2019 Force Majeure Flash Contest Winners

Announcing the winners of the 2019 Force Majeure Flash Contest!

1st Prize:
Chila Woychik – The Importance of Air

2nd Prizes:
Anthony DiPietro – Possession Diary
Z Kennedy-Lopez – Scrounge

Honorable Mention:
Lindsay Reeve – Cake
Pınar Yaşar – The Future
Lee Anne Gallaway-Mitchell – Combustion

This year’s short list and winners were selected from hundreds of flashes, and all our entrants made the decision super hard! Our heartiest thanks to everyone for participating.

The winners will be published in SC 8.2. Love to all, and: Read on!

Issue 7.2 Is Out Now!

After a great deal of sisyphean pushing on our part, O Reader, it’s here it’s finally here! ANNOUNCING:

Storm Cellar Vol. VII No. 2, Winter 2019, nicknamed “Strong Water” → click for the delicious print and ebook editions.

Contents

FICTION
Benny Brown – Ad Space
Matthew Sterner-Neely – Two and a Half Americans in a Tower
A.L. Rowser – The Rope

NONFICTION
Maame Blue – Calling
Amy Stonestrom – High Latitude

POETRY
Dorothy Chan – A-List Celebrities and Chinese Immigrant Families
Rainie Oet – The Ride That Loops Infinitely / Tall Bed Above Water
Albert Lee – 歌個個問題  [14 Problems]
B.B.P. Hosmillo – I Don’t Lay Hold of People Anymore Except the Importance of Being Wrong
Harry Edgar Palacio – It’s Funny What the Fuchsia Sky Can Do
Joshua Sassoon Orol – Minyan
Jenny Mueller – To Read Ashberry; from Postcards
Clare Louise Harmon – First-Hand Accounts of the Performance of Western Art Music
Jasmyn DiMeglio – How I Learned to Be Gay Here
Natalia Prusinska – StrangeDry Orgasm
Kelly Fordon – White Women Flinging Cans of Paint at the Wall
Suzanne Cody – Adultish (Yes)

FLASH
Susanna Space – Absence No. 4
Tamara L. Panici – Autumn Epiphany
Sheree Winslow – Postcards from My Future Self: Hurricane Mills, Tennessee
R.L. Aseret – Brother, Eye, Hospital
Elaine Terranova – Peace
Matthew Woodman – Decolonization
Regina Ernst – Vuelta

IMAGES
Allison Janicki – Dreamscape
Bette Ridgeway – Crysalis II
Matt Prater – Flyover
Alex Wells Shapiro – Pocketing
Zoya Kruse-Wu – The Hydra [front cover]
chello firefly sherman – demfolk [back cover]

PLUS
Rejected Events I Must Now Accept Happened While I Was Employed by an Ivy League Institution

2019 Flash Contest Open Now

The $500 Force Majeure Flash Contest has begun! Submission page link.

Force Majeure: a great and unexpected power. We’re looking for the best small things, any form, any content, any fine and wonderful creation.

CONTEST GUIDELINES

Top prize for a single flash $300

Two second prizes $100 each

Two ways to enter:

  • Upload 1 flash (you’ll receive an ebook of the prize issue) – $5
  • Upload 1–3 flashes in a single file (receive a print copy of the prize issue) – $12

Multiple entries are great. Simultaneous submissions are just fine; if a flash is accepted elsewhere, please notify us via a note on the submission within Submittable. Winning flash must not be (scheduled to be) published in print, ebook, or website before August 2019.

All entries considered for publication in Storm Cellar. Contest entries in any number do not violate our one-at-a-time general submissions policy.

What is a flash?

  • Shorter than 1000 words
  • Not more than 5 pages
  • May contain fiction, nonfiction, marks, or images, in any combination
  • May bend genre, form, brains

We encourage submissions by women, people of color, indigenous, disabled, lgbtq+, and poor authors, as well as members of other under-represented groups. Authors who cannot pay the entry fee, because of financial hardship or unavailability of online payment (PP/card) in their country, should email the editors with the brief statement that they have need so that we can arrange an entry (thatthey have need, not how); they should send that email from the email address used for their Submittable account and attach their entry as a .docx or .pdf file. Incarcerated authors may mail submissions, postmarked by the deadline, to the address listed on our website, no entry fee required (include someone’s email address if you desire ebook delivery).

Contest will be decided by the editors. Close friends, family, current students, and employers of the editors may not enter. While not a member of the CLMP, we strive to achieve a similar level of transparency and virtue.

All proceeds will go to prizes and production costs for the magazine. No fees may be refunded. “Extra” flashes within entries will not be read. We may disqualify entrants on the basis of harassing behavior. Entrants will be notified of their contest outcome by email, on or before June 30, 2019.

Handy link to examples of flash we’ve printed. Surprise us!