CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:
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!
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.