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AndWeWereHungry A New Online Arts & Literary Magazine. | http://andwewerehungry.org/. Submit your short stories, nonfiction, essay, poetry, multimedia and visual artwork online here: https://andwewerehungry.submittable.com/submit.

AndWeWereHungry, an online arts and literary magazine currently in development. We seek original creative writing (fiction, poetry, essay and literary nonfiction) as well as multimedia/visual artwork. Below are our OPEN CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS. ◊ Call for Entries—The Flying Elephants Short Story Prize | Judge :: Award-Winning Author Edwidge Danticat :: Grand Prize ($2000) • Three Finalists ($1000 each) • Eight Runner-Ups (publication only) :: Sponsor: "Ashes & Snow" Artist Gregory Colbert. | Contest Theme or Prompt: "And We Were Hungry....," or "Hunger." • For isn't it, to quote the late Ray Bradbury, "lack that gives us inspiration?" | Consideration for the Grand Prize is limited to short stories that connect the theme to nature. | No-Entry-Fee. ◊ Call for Submissions—The Debut Issue :: Fiction • Nonfiction • Essay • Poetry • Art • Photo • Film | Debut Issue Submission Theme: "And We Were Hungry....," or "Hunger." • For isn't it, to quote the late Ray Bradbury, "lack that gives us inspiration?" | No-Reading-Fees • NonPaying Market | For information on our vision, mission and future themes and deadlines please visit http://andwewerehungry.org/name-mission-future-themes-deadlines/. ◊ Call for Submissions—HomePage Features Section :: We accept submissions of short content (up to one-thousand words in prose or sixteen lines of poetry) for our non-themed Homepage Features section on an ongoing rolling basis. | No-Reading-Fees • NonPaying Market. ◊ Rights :: If your work is accepted for publication, you retain all rights; we ask only that you credit that it was published here first. For answers to other frequently asked submissions questions, please visit http://andwewerehungry.org/submissions-faq/.

Mission: AndWeWereHungry exists to celebrate the contemporary short story, while featuring an eclectic mix from established, emerging and diverse writers and visual artists from around the world who notice things. We also wish to connect to another phenomenon: many busboys are busboys/slash/poets; journalists are also /slash/ working on a novel; lawyers are also /slash/ serious photographers; and so on. The slashed self is a very real aspect of modernity, and we have developed this space in part to feature the work of writers and artists who do not necessarily (or cannot yet) make a living from their writing and art. We want to encourage the slashed self to keep creating, working, and toiling away; and to hold on to the things that recognize the slashed self’s “unappeasable hunger for unattainable food,” to adapt the words of Joyce Kilmer. We hope to inspire you to take your original creative writing, visual art and short films off your hard-drives and to submit them for our consideration. If your work is accepted for publication, you will watch it come to life anew as we work like hell to build our readership and find a new audience for your work. We like to think that the space is good news for readers, short story writers, literary nonfiction and essay writers, poets and visual artists. Each Quarterly Issue is edited and curated around a common theme. Between issues, we offer readers plenty of reasons to return to our site for regular offerings of non-themed content—short and lively essays, reviews, short-short stories, and short poems in our Homepage Features—and we hope plenty of reasons to (re)discover the short stories we publish and make permanently available on our website. For more on our name, mission, and future themes and deadlines please visit http://andwewerehungry.org/name-mission-future-themes-deadlines/.

To all the writers/artists who contacted us this evening, AndWeWereHungry's submission page is back up and we are still ...
04/30/2013

To all the writers/artists who contacted us this evening, AndWeWereHungry's submission page is back up and we are still accepting submissions for our debut issue! Don't delay...https://andwewerehungry.submittable.com/ Photo by David Burnett.

To all the writers/artists who contacted us this evening, AndWeWereHungry's submission page is back up and we are is sti...
04/30/2013
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To all the writers/artists who contacted us this evening, AndWeWereHungry's submission page is back up and we are is still accepting submissions for our debut issue! Don't delay...https://andwewerehungry.submittable.com

AndWeWereHungry Submissions Thank you for your interest in submitting your work! Extended Deadline: Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 11:59 pm ET. ◊ Call for Entries—The Flying Elephants Short Story Prize | Judge :: Award-Winning Author Edwidge Danticat Grand Prize ($2000) •…

This photograph by Kris Van Beek for Amnesty Int'l still haunts. Small reminder that AndWeWereHungry is still seeking pr...
04/23/2013

This photograph by Kris Van Beek for Amnesty Int'l still haunts. Small reminder that AndWeWereHungry is still seeking provocative artwork and visual essays for its debut issue. http://andwewerehungry.org/

04/05/2013

So now you know. That’s what I have in my pockets. A chance not to screw up. A slight chance. Not big, not even probable. I know that, I’m not stupid. A tiny chance, let’s say, that when happiness comes along, I can say “yes” to it, and not “Sorry, I don’t have a cigarette/toothpick/coin for the soda machine.” — From "What Do We Have in Our Pockets?" By Etgar Keret.

04/05/2013

...if, for example, a beautiful girl...asks you for a stamp, or doesn’t even ask, just stands there on the street next to a red mailbox on a rainy night with a stampless envelope in her hand and wonders if you happen to know where there’s an open post office at that hour...at that moment, that moment of truth...she’ll just smile that entrancing smile of hers, an entrancing smile for a postage stamp—I’d go for a deal like that anytime, even if the price of stamps soars and the price of smiles plummets. — from, "What Do We Have in Our Pockets?" by Etgar Keret.

04/05/2013

A cigarette lighter, a cough drop, a postage stamp, a slightly bent cigarette, a toothpick, a handkerchief, a pen, two five-shekel coins...The fact is that everything I have in my pockets is carefully chosen so that I'll always be prepared. Everything is there so that I can be at an advantage at the moment of truth. — from, "What Do We Have in Our Pockets?" by Etgar Keret.

Beautiful and creative creatures! AndWeWereHungry reminds you of our general Call for Submissions and Call for Entries f...
04/05/2013

Beautiful and creative creatures! AndWeWereHungry reminds you of our general Call for Submissions and Call for Entries for our debut issue and Flying Elephants Short Story Prize!:: Prize is sponsored by "Ashes & Snow" artist Gregory Colbert and the Judge is author Edwidge Danticat :: Grand Prize ($2000) + Three Finalists ($1000 each). | No Reading Fees or Entry-Fee • Deadline: April 30, 2013. • For more visit http://andwewerehungry.org/ Photo by Voodo Fe'

04/03/2013

The Poor
By Roberto Sosa

The poor are many
and so—
impossible to forget.

No doubt,
as day breaks,
they see the buildings
where they wish
they could live with their children.

They
can steady the coffin
of a constellation on their shoulders.
They can wreck
the air like furious birds,
blocking out the sun.

But not knowing these gifts,
they enter and exit through mirrors of blood,
walking and dying slowly.

And so,
one cannot forget them.

...and we were hungry for what was inside of us...Artwork by Swoon. A reminder that @AndWeWereHungry seeks short fiction...
03/27/2013

...and we were hungry for what was inside of us...Artwork by Swoon. A reminder that @AndWeWereHungry seeks short fiction for our debut issue Flying Elephants Short Story Prize! The creative prompt or theme is "And We Were Hungry...." or "Hunger." For isn't it, to quote the late Ray Bradbury, "lack that gives us inspiration?" | Flying Elephants Prize Judge: World-Renowned Author Edwidge Danticat | Grand Prize ($2000) + Three Finalists ($1000 each), thanks to the support of "Ashes & Snow" artist Gregory Colbert. | No-Entry-Fee • Deadline: April 30, 2013. For more visit http://andwewerehungry.org/

so much dependsupona red wheelbarrowglazed with rainwaterbeside the whitechickens.—THE RED WHEELBARROW, William Carlos W...
03/06/2013

so much depends
upon

a red wheel
barrow

glazed with rain
water

beside the white
chickens.

—THE RED WHEELBARROW, William Carlos Williams (1923) :: AP Photo, Port-au-Prince, Haiti (October 2012).

Ladies and Gentlemen the Underwriter of AndWeWereHungry's Flying Elephants Short Story Prize!
02/28/2013

Ladies and Gentlemen the Underwriter of AndWeWereHungry's Flying Elephants Short Story Prize!

Sometimes the music of nature can best be shared in silence.

I will be off the grid on filming expeditions most of the year.

For the next 365 days I will share images from my personal Ashes and Snow journals. Each image will be numbered and I invite you to write the words…

This is day twenty.

—Gregory Colbert

Ladies and Gentlemen, upcoming work from the Judge of AndWeWereHungry's Flying Elephants Short Story Prize!
02/28/2013

Ladies and Gentlemen, upcoming work from the Judge of AndWeWereHungry's Flying Elephants Short Story Prize!

Edwidge's new book of fiction, Claire of the Sea Light, now has a publication date--August 27, 2013--and a cover. The cover photograph was taken by Haitian-American photographer (and family friend) Carl Juste and some of you might even recognize the cover girl.

To "capture the beauty of streets and gardens in the rain and fog, and to capture Paris by night," is what Brassai was h...
02/27/2013

To "capture the beauty of streets and gardens in the rain and fog, and to capture Paris by night," is what Brassai was hungry for. And you, what were you hungry for? :: Small reminder that AndWeWereHungry's seek short stories on the theme "And We Were Hungry....," or "Hunger," for our Flying Elephants Short Story Prize! :: $5000 Total Prize Fund thanks to the generous support of multimedia artist Gregory Colbert. :: Deadline extended in honor of our Judge—world-renowned author Edwidge Danticat | For more please visit http://andwewerehungry.org/

Photography, Henri Cartier-Bresson once observed, "is putting one's head, one's eye and one's heart on the same axis." W...
02/21/2013

Photography, Henri Cartier-Bresson once observed, "is putting one's head, one's eye and one's heart on the same axis." We think this observation is apt for all manner of work we seek for AndWeWereHungry's debut issue. To submit YOUR WORK use this link https://andwewerehungry.submittable.com/submit | Photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson.

@AndWeWereHungry, an online literary magazine still in development, is accepting submissions for its debut issue! To sub...
02/14/2013

@AndWeWereHungry, an online literary magazine still in development, is accepting submissions for its debut issue! To submit your short stories, literary nonfiction, essay, visual artwork, photography and short film/videos use this link https://andwewerehungry.submittable.com/submit | Photo by Helen Levitt.

A reminder to float like a butterfly, sting like a bee and contribute to AndWeWereHungry's debut issue! http://andwewere...
02/14/2013

A reminder to float like a butterfly, sting like a bee and contribute to AndWeWereHungry's debut issue! http://andwewerehungry.org/ | Photo by William Klein.

Photo from Michael Apted's landmark 7-Up Film Series. Conceived as an exploration of the British class system,the Up ser...
02/12/2013

Photo from Michael Apted's landmark 7-Up Film Series. Conceived as an exploration of the British class system,the Up series starts in 1964 with what was supposed to be a one-off documentary featuring 14 seven-year-olds from different socioeconomic backgrounds. And it continues till this day with Apted going back to film the group every seven years. The result? "Reality TV" before the concept. And a most-singular anthropological artifact that moves beyond its class-is-destiny premise to a meditation on the heroism of ordinary life. 56-Up is the latest offering, but for real value watch the seven that came before it, starting with the first!

AndWeWereHungry is delighted to announce that Edwidge Danticat, author of Brother, I’m Dying!; Breath, Eyes Memory (an O...
02/07/2013

AndWeWereHungry is delighted to announce that Edwidge Danticat, author of Brother, I’m Dying!; Breath, Eyes Memory (an Oprah Book Club selection); The Dew Breaker; Krik? Krak!; and other award-winning fiction and nonfiction will be the judge of our Flying Elephants Short Story Prize, underwritten by "Ashes and Snow" artist Gregory Colbert! For information on submitting your literary short stories please visit http://andwewerehungry.org/prize-rules/

We never get tired of this photograph. "Club Allegro Fortissimo" by William Klein. Nice reminder we think of AndWeWereHu...
02/06/2013

We never get tired of this photograph. "Club Allegro Fortissimo" by William Klein. Nice reminder we think of AndWeWereHungry's Call for Entries (the Flying Elephants Short Story Prize) & Call for Art, Prose & Poetry Submissions! | Debut Issue Theme: "And We Were Hungry....," or "Hunger." • For we believe, to quote the late Ray Bradbury, "it's lack that gives us inspiration." | Deadline: March 31, 2013 | More info at http://andwewerehungry.org/

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02/01/2013

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A story of folks who were hungry for green grass, fresh breezes and sunlight....this fascinating doc of Pruitt-Igoe, a S...
01/31/2013

A story of folks who were hungry for green grass, fresh breezes and sunlight....this fascinating doc of Pruitt-Igoe, a St. Louis federal public housing project made famous in the 1970's when the gov't blew it up, explores how one dream of urban renewal went downhill very fast. Some say its implosion marked the death of modern architecture, others say the 33-buildings high rise was just an easy scapegoat. Watching it, Charles Burnett's "Killer of Sheep" came to mind, as did the oft-quoted Langston Hughes poem, "A Dream Deferred." Highly recommend.

"Sorry We're Closed," the sign reads. What's the story there? We wonder....somehow we think it's one that would beautifu...
01/31/2013

"Sorry We're Closed," the sign reads. What's the story there? We wonder....somehow we think it's one that would beautifully interpret AndWeWereHungry's debut issue theme : : "And We Were Hungry....," or "Hunger." A reminder folks of our Magazine's ongoing call for submissions! http://andwewerehungry.org./

"Imagine a famine. Now imagine a piece of bread. Both of these things are real but you happen to be in the same room wit...
01/28/2013
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"Imagine a famine. Now imagine a piece of bread. Both of these things are real but you happen to be in the same room with only one of them. Put yourself into a different room, that's what the mind is for." From "Bread," by Margaret Atwood. And with this reference AndWeWereHungry reminds the writers & visual artists in our burgeoning community of our ongoing short story writing competition & general call for submissions for our debut issue. The theme is "And We Were Hungry....," or "Hunger." Send us your | Fiction | Literary Nonfiction | Essay | Poetry | Visual Art & Photography. That is what the mind is for....More at http://andwewerehungry.org

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01/27/2013

One of our many friends & supporters in the Big Apple just shared this little poem with us via a picture-text snapped at Grand Central, NYC. And now we share it with you!

GRAND CENTRAL

The city orbits around eight million
centers of the universe

and turns around the golden clock
at the still point of this place

Lift up your eyes from the moving hive
and you will time circling

under a vault of starts and know
just when and where you are.

—Billy Collins

01/25/2013

Since my house burned down
I now own a better view
of the rising moon

—Mizuta Masahide

"My only real possession was a dream and they can't deprive me of my dreams just like that." From "I'm You're Horse in t...
01/25/2013
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"My only real possession was a dream and they can't deprive me of my dreams just like that." From "I'm You're Horse in the Night," by Louisa Valenzuela. And with this reference AndWeWereHungry asks the writers & visual artists in our burgeoning community what are your "real" possessions and what can't you be deprived of? Dreams yes, but perhaps also memory? Hunger? For our debut issue we seek some of your real possessions....send us your | Fiction | Creative Nonfiction | Essay | Poetry | Visual Art & Photography. The theme is "And We Were Hungry....," or more broadly "Hunger." More at http://andwewerehungry.org

Short Stories & More: online literary magazine seeks fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, poetry and art. Inaugural Winter 2013 Short Story Prize,...

"I'm beginning to detest other people, people who are hungry. From "Feeding the Hungry," by Roland Topor. And with this ...
01/24/2013
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"I'm beginning to detest other people, people who are hungry. From "Feeding the Hungry," by Roland Topor. And with this AndWeWereHungry reminds all the writers & visual artists in our burgeoning community that hunger is sometimes a gift; that hungry is a state to be envied in others when you can't feel it yourself; and that the name of our magazine, and more broadly hunger is also the theme for our debut issue. Send us your | Fiction | Creative Nonfiction | Essay | Poetry | Visual Art & Photography. We look forward to seeing your interpretations our inaugural theme! For guidelines and submissions please visit http://andwewerehungry.org

Short Stories & More: online literary magazine seeks fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, poetry and art. Inaugural Winter 2013 Short Story Prize,...

01/24/2013
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»»Call for Entries««« AndWeWereHungry, new online literary magazine, welcomes literary short story entries for its Flying Elephants Short Story Prize. • Theme: "And We Were Hungry....," or "Hunger." For, after all isn't it, to quote the late Ray Bradbury, hunger or "lack that gives us inspiration?" • No-Entry-Fee • Deadline: March 31, 2013. • Prizes: One grand prize winner ($2000 ), three finalists ($1000 each) + eight runner-ups. • Sponsor: Ashes & Snow" artist Gregory Colbert. | http://andwewerehungry.org/.

Short Stories & More: online literary magazine seeks fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, poetry and art. Inaugural Winter 2013 Short Story Prize, $5,000 fund.

"Hungry, are you! I say to them nastily. You're lucky." From "Feeding the Hungry," by Roland Topor. With this reference ...
01/23/2013
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"Hungry, are you! I say to them nastily. You're lucky." From "Feeding the Hungry," by Roland Topor. With this reference AndWeWereHungry reminds all the writers & visual artists in our burgeoning community that hunger is sometimes a gift; that hungry is a state to be envied in others when you can't feel it yourself; and that the name of our magazine, and more broadly hunger is also the theme for our debut issue. Send us your | Fiction | Creative Nonfiction | Essay | Poetry | Visual Art & Photography. We look forward to seeing your interpretations our inaugural theme! For guidelines and submissions please visit http://andwewerehungry.org

Short Stories & More: online literary magazine seeks fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, poetry and art. Inaugural Winter 2013 Short Story Prize,...

01/22/2013

"My face, your face, millions of faces in morning’s mirrors, each one yawning to life....hands as worn as my father’s cutting sugarcane so my brother and I could have books and shoes...." We share these few lines from Richard Blanco's Obama inauguration poem because they also evoke what we want to conjure with our name, which does double-duty as the theme of our debut issue. And to remind you poets of AndWeWereHungry's CALL for POETRY. Theme, "And We Were Hungry...," or "Hunger." Deadline March 31, 2013.

01/22/2013
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"My face, your face, millions of faces in morning’s mirrors, each one yawning to life...hands as worn as my father’s cutting sugarcane so my brother and I could have books and shoes. . . . And always one moon like a silent drum tapping on every rooftop and every window, of one country—all of us—facing the stars. . . ." And so it was that on a beautiful momentous day, that we should have an equally beautiful poem. Above lines from Richard Blanco's inaugural poem that are the most evocative of all the things embedded in the http://andwewerehungry.org/ name. Below, for your pleasure, is today's inaugural poem in its entirety:

»»One Today

One sun rose on us today, kindled over our shores,
peeking over the Smokies, greeting the faces
of the Great Lakes, spreading a simple truth
across the Great Plains, then charging across the Rockies.
One light, waking up rooftops, under each one, a story
told by our silent gestures moving behind windows.

My face, your face, millions of faces in morning’s mirrors,
each one yawning to life, crescendoing into our day:
pencil-yellow school buses, the rhythm of traffic lights,
fruit stands: apples, limes, and oranges arrayed like rainbows
begging our praise. Silver trucks heavy with oil or paper—
bricks or milk, teeming over highways alongside us,
on our way to clean tables, read ledgers, or save lives—
to teach geometry, or ring-up groceries as my mother did
for twenty years, so I could write this poem.

All of us as vital as the one light we move through,
the same light on blackboards with lessons for the day:
equations to solve, history to question, or atoms imagined,
the “I have a dream” we keep dreaming,
or the impossible vocabulary of sorrow that won’t explain
the empty desks of twenty children marked absent
today, and forever. Many prayers, but one light
breathing color into stained glass windows,
life into the faces of bronze statues, warmth
onto the steps of our museums and park benches 2
as mothers watch children slide into the day.

One ground. Our ground, rooting us to every stalk
of corn, every head of wheat sown by sweat
and hands, hands gleaning coal or planting windmills
in deserts and hilltops that keep us warm, hands
digging trenches, routing pipes and cables, hands
as worn as my father’s cutting sugarcane
so my brother and I could have books and shoes.

The dust of farms and deserts, cities and plains
mingled by one wind—our breath. Breathe. Hear it
through the day’s gorgeous din of honking cabs,
buses launching down avenues, the symphony
of footsteps, guitars, and screeching subways,
the unexpected song bird on your clothes line.

Hear: squeaky playground swings, trains whistling,
or whispers across café tables, Hear: the doors we open
for each other all day, saying: hello| shalom,
buon giorno howdy namaste or buenos días
in the language my mother taught me—in every language
spoken into one wind carrying our lives
without prejudice, as these words break from my lips.

One sky: since the Appalachians and Sierras claimed
their majesty, and the Mississippi and Colorado worked
their way to the sea. Thank the work of our hands:
weaving steel into bridges, finishing one more report
for the boss on time, stitching another wound 3
or uniform, the first brush stroke on a portrait,
or the last floor on the Freedom Tower
jutting into a sky that yields to our resilience.

One sky, toward which we sometimes lift our eyes
tired from work: some days guessing at the weather
of our lives, some days giving thanks for a love
that loves you back, sometimes praising a mother
who knew how to give, or forgiving a father
who couldn’t give what you wanted.

We head home: through the gloss of rain or weight
of snow, or the plum blush of dusk, but always—home,
always under one sky, our sky. And always one moon
like a silent drum tapping on every rooftop
and every window, of one country—all of us—
facing the stars
hope—a new constellation
waiting for us to map it,
waiting for us to name it—together««

Short Stories & More: online literary magazine seeks fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, poetry and art. Inaugural Winter 2013 Short Story Prize, $5,000 fund.

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