Deadline: July 12, 2020
Max. word length: 4,000 words as a rough guideline. We do make exceptions.
If you're submitting artwork: 12 pieces maximum.
From London to New York and around the world, parks have become a kind of sanctuary or escape for those living or working in cities – islands of green, of wildlife and nature, of calm, amid their all-too-often-soulless, noisy and polluted, glass and concrete surroundings. Especially in these locked-down times of social distancing. Maybe the most famous of all city parks, New York’s Central Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux and first opened in the 1850s – and at the time of writing this, as the coronavirus crisis approaches its peak, in a shut-down city it’s about the only place that’s open, for families, lovers, old folks and the young (so long as they all keep a safe six feet apart from each other). It can feel almost subversive, to be out in the air when you’re meant to be locked down.
And there’s a field hospital in the park now, a dozen or so white tents, taking patients from Mount Sinai.
So send us your short stories and nonfiction set in or about Central Park – stories of a first kiss or a violent mugging, of a sunny day or icy night – let our pages be a sanctuary, of sorts, in these fraught times.
We accept short fiction, flash/micro fiction, and nonfiction. Given the focus of this issue, we are especially open to travel memoir and travel-related fiction in this instance. We do not accept poetry.
Due to the volume of submissions we receive, please submit only one piece per theme. Additional submissions will unfortunately not be considered.
Please also note that if we have published your work in the magazine, we won't consider publishing your work again until a year has passed.