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call for submissions (published 08/09/2015)

Crescent of Houses

Egon Shiele’s Krumau – Crescent of Houses (The Small City V), c. 1915


“Whatever it is, we’re against it”; so proclaims 3:AM’s masthead, and this call to arms is one I am happy to take up in the capacity of contributing editor. Far from being contrarian for contrarian’s sake, these words represent, for me, a commitment to fierce, far reaching criticism of classic and avant-garde literatures—something 3:AM continues to deliver with erudition, verve, and no small amount of style.

With those words—and that tradition—in mind, I’m happy to announce a call for submissions. In particular, I’d love to see work that engages with the following:

  • British literary modernism
  • Postmodern American fiction
  • Literatures of obscurity
  • Literatures of failure
  • The technology of literacy
  • The ontology of memory
  • Literary diarists
  • Cultural criticism (of the Frankfurt School variety)

Work that experiments with, blends, or destroys formal constraints altogether is as welcome as more traditional essays, reviews, and criticism.

Don’t hesitate to reach out with any pitches, questions, or ideas—I look forward to reading your best work.

All best,
Dustin Illingworth

what 3:AM’s editors have been up to (published 07/09/2015)


Leonid Pasternak’s The Passion of Creation, c. 1880s

Co-editor-in-chief and founder Andrew Gallix recently published two pieces on Roland Barthes in the Guardian and the Los Angeles Review of Books, to commemorate the centenary of his birth. The latter focuses on the recent exhibition at the Bibliothèque nationale de France. An in-depth interview Gallix conducted with the Argentine novelist Luis Chitarroni will appear in the forthcoming fourth issue of  gorse.

Co-editor-in-chief David Winters spent the summer conducting research at the archive of Gordon Lish, who has appointed him as his authorized biographer. Winters’s forthcoming essays and reviews will cover books by Jeremy Davies, Noy Holland, Rita Felski, and others. He was recently interviewed by co-editor Andrew Gallix for BOMB Magazine.

Editorial Director K. Thomas Kahn published several hybrid pieces synthesizing criticism, poetry, and memoir, including a piece on snoring, sleep (and the lack thereof), and the consolations of reading at the end of a relationship in The Rumpus, and a piece on digital culture, intimacy, and unplugging in Berfrois. Recently, he wrote on British novelist Elizabeth Taylor’s work for Full Stop, and on Tomas Tranströmer’s poetics for The Quarterly Conversation; some of his poems and prose poems also appeared in Numéro Cinq.

Fiction Editor Joanna Walsh is currently in Mexico as part of the British Council Literature’s #UKMX15. Her book Hotel will be published by Bloomsbury in the US in September, and in the UK in November. Vertigo will be published in the US in October, and in the UK and Ireland in 2016. Grow A Pair will also be published in October. Flavorwire says “Walsh’s Vertigo may redistribute the possibilities of contemporary fiction, especially if it meets with the wider audience her work demands.” There’s a little more about her forthcoming books here.

Poetry Editor SJ Fowler‘s recent work includes: a performance at Tate Modern; a solo exhibition in Kings Cross Gallery; the publication of his 7th poetry collection, {Enthusiasm}; a residency at Wellcome Collection: Hubbub; a program of performances in collaboration with Wellcome Library entitled Soundings; and tours of Wales and Croatia. See his blog post on giving 34 readings in 51 days.

Reviews Editor Tristan Foster had short fiction published in BerfroisThe Learned Pig, and Tincture Journal, and also reviewed Enrique Vila-Matas’s The Illogic of Kassel for Words Without Borders.

Contributing Editor Andrew Hodgson recently submitted a PhD entitled ”Aberrant Experiments”: Reading Society in the Experimental Novel of Britain and France, 1945-1975. He’s currently sifting through a series of fragments written in Livorno entitled Fragments from Foghorn with fellow editor Fernando Sdrigotti, to be illustrated by Reperfusion designer David Pfifferling.

Contributing Editor Fernando Sdrigotti had fiction published with Numéro Cinq and Jotters United. He also published a piece with The Guardian on a legal battle over Jorge Luis Borges’s The Aleph, a piece on aerophobia for The Descrier, and an essay on the futility of writing for gorse.

Contributing Editor Samuel Stolton spent the summer engrossed in research, concentrated primarily to studying the parallels between Gilles Deleuze’s approach to a pragmatics of difference and the elucidation of minor expressionisms within insurrectionary movements. He has also produced and published the most recent edition of the acclaimed Inky Needles literary journal, entitled Celebrity and Speed, and has been working as a co-editor on Penny Ante‘s forthcoming Modern Behaviours Anthology.

And finally, incoming Contributing Editor Dustin Illingworth—whom 3:AM is honored to welcome on board!—recently helped launch The Scofield, a literary magazine focused on the work of underappreciated authors. Issue One is on David Markson, while Issue Two (publishing in October) will showcase Kay Boyle. He reviewed Robert Burden’s Travel, Modernism, and Modernity for The Times Literary Supplement in August, and also wrote a literary history of the nose for Literary Hub. His piece on Witold Rybczynski’s new essay collection, Mysteries of the Mall, is both in-print and online for the September issue of The Brooklyn Rail.