Submissions deadline: 19th September 2021
Bealtaine Magazine is an Irish online publication with a keen focus on all things intersectional, inclusive, environmental and empowering. Showcasing literature and arts which captures the modern Irish verve.
Belonging, unbelonging, and the relationship between them; that is the impetus of Issue 2. How do we feel like we belong? That we’re placed here purposefully, and not by some accident? Is it about having an affinity for something unifying? Or is it about conforming out of fear of being labelled ‘different’?
Belonging can be marked by the familial glow of companionship, feeling connected to a city, nature, or one’s home country, or by knowing everyone in a room full of people.
On the other hand, unbelonging is as much of an emotional presence as it’s cousin, a struggle that can start out in the playground and never quite end, never feeling part of the social fabric but instead isolated, judged, or exposed throughout life at different moments.
We hold this dichotomy within us from one day to the next. Belonging can become its opposite, robbed from us through no fault of our own. Is there a process behind this loss which leads to unbelonging, and how do we overcome this? The way we represent both feelings, and how they intersect in society, culture, and on this planet, is the journey of Issue 2.
Let’s join these halves together. We are keen to publish work which examines what exactly it means to belong or not, and which strikes us with honesty, poignancy, and care.
Short stories: 1 written piece of fiction up to 5,000 words maximum.
Poems: up to 3 poems of no more than 50 lines each.
Essays: 1 written essay of up to 1,500 words maximum.
Photographs and art: up to 8 pieces of photography or art. Please also ensure that your work is in high resolution digital format from one of the following file types: JPG., PNG., SVG., PDF.
As always, we look forward to seeing all of the diverse talent that you have to share.
Submissions will close on Sunday September 19th at 11:59pm. So mark your calendars!
If you have any queries or burning questions, please feel free to reach out to us before submitting your work at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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