Spring/Summer 2020: Words on Play. Our annual thematic issue, featuring work with elements of play, as well as the winners and finalists of the Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers.
We all love to play, from babies playing peek-a-boo and stacking blocks to adults working puzzles and going dancing. We play board games, word games, sports of all kinds; we ride roller coasters, ski down snowy hillsides, throw balls for our dogs in the park; we create imaginary worlds to play in as children (and sometimes as grown-ups), cosplay as characters from books and movies, spend real money on virtual swords and spells. And we play for many reasons, the first being that it’s just fun. But we also play because it’s something we need to do. Play helps us to relax, to take breaks from the stresses life inevitably sends our way. It also pushes our minds in different directions, activating parts of our brain that might otherwise go untapped. We need to play in order to live our best lives, and, though it may sound paradoxical, it is through play that we sometimes do our best work. After all, what are painting, writing, dancing, and acting but forms of play? Play is, quite simply, important, and in this issue, Words on Play, we celebrate and explore play in many forms and in the many ways it affects our lives.
Words on Play will be published in March 2020.
Fall/Winter 2020: Awards 42. Our annual Awards issue, featuring the winners and finalists of the 42nd annual Nimrod Literary Awards: The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction and the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry.
Awards 42 will be published in October 2020.