Jan 26, 2013

13.1 Country Living Themed Issue


Get our your cowboy/girl boots and iron your flannel shirts because Harpur Palate 13.1 is preparing for a hoedown! Get out your autoharps and join us in some backwoods mountain music with a twist!

We are looking for essays, stories, and poems that take us on a journey away from city skyscrapers and bring us to the interior of the eclectic American countryside. We want to be taken to the apex of an Adirondack Mountain, to the front porch of Aunt Bernice's goat farm, to the bayous of Mississippi. Tell us what it was like to plow a field in the 1900's, what it feels like to milk a cow with your hands. And while you're at it, we've always marveled at the art of fly fishing. Give us a story about fly fishing, especially if fish are never caught. We are searching to reel in something deeper from the end of our lines. 

Give us more than “hillbilly” stereotypes and “hick” dialogue. We want to see more than the archetypal moonshiners who drive beat up pick-up trucks, and men who play fiddles that are lost in their beards. The American countryside deserves a more thorough, well-rounded exploration than the constructed, narrow range of identities fashioned by Nashville or the recent television phenomenon “Honey Boo Boo.” Give us believable characters. In other words, don’t “red-neckinize” simply to “red-neckinize.” 

Give us essays that will haunt us, stories with raw characters that we cannot forget, and poems that hum the beauty or even the ugliness of nature. Bring the sounds of the American country night alive and surprise us by what we find there.

General submission guidelines apply.