Stories and Reflections on Truth in the 21st Century
Deadline May 6, 2018
The London Reader is issuing an open call for short stories and minifiction that touch on the topics of truth, media, and fake news, and how they affect our lives in the 21st century. Ideal submissions include both relatable stories about characters living in the world of social media as well as experimental stories that explore the nature of fact and fiction. Submissions of visual art and poetry on the same themes are also encouraged.
News invented by the newspaper and click-bait headlines; everyday life distorted by the smartphone lens; dystopias of political doublespeak and corporate social experiments; the unreliable narrators of social media stories or dating profiles; characters caught up in a world of falsehoods and fake news; and creative writing about the shifting standards of truth, such as in Alice Munro’s short story on storytelling, “Family Furnishings”. Fact and fiction often overlap, and this issue of the London Reader features stories that play in that grey area between truth and truthiness and stories of the characters trying to navigate that difference. At a time when the news is called into question, fiction can help us rediscover the truth.
What to submit: Creative works can be standalone pieces or collections, but should be fewer than 5,000 words. Multiple submissions are welcome. Artwork should be favourably viewed on a tablet or single A5 page.
How to submit: Email submissions as word document attachments to coordinator@LondonReader.uk and place “Post-Truth SUBMISSION” in the subject line. Please include a short biographical statement in the body of the e-mail and indicate whether the submitted pieces have been previously published and whether you hold publication rights to them.