LiturgicalCredo is accepting submissions for the Winter 2016 Edition through Dec. 2, 2015. The edition will be released on Dec. 15, 2015.

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LiturgicalCredo is going straight for the well-worn phoenix simile. We’re not even going to apologize.

We will publish a new edition this fall, and we’re accepting submissions from July 2 to July 31.

We think we have a really cool “About” page, so please read it.

Then, learn what and how to submit.

We will rise like the phoenix to publish again. You can send us that peculiar griffin from your imagination.

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A griffin in the Vatican Museum, Vatican City, Italy

Have enough aesthetic and literary knowledge to know what you’re up to. You need not be up to a lot, you just need to know how to do what you’re up to. That way, knowledge and intention can meet, and you will produce a complete compositon. — Colin Foote Burch

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Putting things together...

This hit me, so to speak, where I live:

“Limit situations are moments, usually accompanied by experiences of dread, guilt or acute anxiety, in which the human mind confronts the restrictions and pathological narrowness of its existing forms, and allows itself to abandon the securities of its limitedness, and so to enter new realm of self-consciousness.” — Chris Thornhill, via Karl Jaspers (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

 

LiturgicalCredo.com has a new editorial mission: contemporary mythopoeia, parables, fables, and fairy tales of 300-500 words in the forms of flash fiction, poems, and brief nonfiction.

New myths, parables, fables, and fairy tales allow storytellers to work with archetypal characters as well as fantastical settings. As enduring genres, they give writers economical modes of re-imagining contemporary conflicts, relationships, habits, assumptions, and beliefs.

In these modes, perceptive storytellers force us to find new grips on reality by showing us situations more true to our lifelong inner experiences than our moment-to-moment workaday lives. The best handle on life, we realize, is not quite where we thought it was.

Please see our About and Submit pages for more information about our mission and guidelines.

 

Kelly Belmonte offers an interesting, sturdy list on 12most.com:

via 12 Most Fundamentally American Literary Works.

via 12 Most Fundamentally American Literary Works.

Writing for The Guardian, author Dave Eggers insists writers must stand against NSA mass surveillance. Here’s an excerpt from “U.S. writers must take a stand on NSA surveillance.”

In an effort to illuminate the NSA’s effect on free expression, PEN American Center recently surveyed its U.S. members on their feelings about the NSA’s unbounded reach. The resulting report, “Chilling Effects: NSA Surveillance Drives US Writers to Self-Censor,” reveals that 88% of the writers polled are troubled by the NSA’s surveillance programme, and that 24% have avoided certain topics in email and phone conversations. Most disturbingly, 16% of those answering the survey said they had abandoned a project given its sensitivity. [emphases added]

Please read the entire article, republished by the PEN America Center.

Essential short videos on NSA mass surveillance:

 

Heaven” is the third essay contributed by Deborah L. Reed. She currently resides in a small bedroom community in Central Texas with her daughter, grandson, and two dogs. She has had over twenty short stories published, one of which, ”Leah and Her Stuffed House,” has been nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize.

Please also read her previous essays: “Prayer” and “Good versus Bad.”

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