Deadline Saturday!

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The deadline for our Spring Edition is April 15th, 2017 (by 11:59pm)!!! Don’t forget to submit all of your poems, short stories, short shorts, artwork, etc. our way!

The submission guidelines are here.

The submission do-s and don’t-s are here.

Above all else, don’t forget to have fun!

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The Future of Fiant Verbas

Keep the submissions coming! If you haven’t submitted for our Spring Edition, or have no clue what we’re talking about, then check out the submission guidelines.

This blog site is just the beginning. Fiant Verbas plans on expanding, but we need your help! Here is the link to our go fund me page. Or, you can send some cash to maggiehellwig@gmail.com via paypal. Either way, you’ll be signed up for our newsletter and receive a free lifetime subscription to our journal online.

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Any money received will be used for curation of a new website, or for production of hard copies of Fiant Verbas.

Which leads us to the next piece of news: beginning with the first issue, all digital copies of Fiant Verbas will be published with issuu.com! In addition, we will be selling a limited amount of handmade copies.

Margaret Atwood’s Two Cents on The Handmaid’s Tale

At the dawn of the Hulu series adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood shares her thoughts. What does the book mean for us? What was it intended for? For whom was it intended?

“Why do we never learn the real name of the central character, I have often been asked. Because, I reply, so many people throughout history have had their names changed, or have simply disappeared from view…

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Offred records her story as best she can; then she hides it, trusting that it may be discovered later, by someone who is free to understand it and share it. This is an act of hope: Every recorded story implies a future reader. Robinson Crusoe keeps a journal. So did Samuel Pepys, in which he chronicled the Great Fire of London. So did many who lived during the Black Death, although their accounts often stop abruptly. So did Roméo Dallaire, who chronicled both the Rwandan genocide and the world’s indifference to it. So did Anne Frank, hidden in her secret annex.”

To read the article in full, click here: “Margaret Atwood on What ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Means in the Age of Trump.”

Submission Do-s & Don’t-s

We’re very excited at the amount of submissions we’ve received thus far! If you are still interested in submitting to our Spring Edition of Fiant Verbas: Integrate, then look over the guidelines; click here. The deadline is April 15th, 2017.

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Here are some things we’ve noticed about informal submissions so far. We want to respond to everyone, and do so as politely and promptly as possible, but there are some things us artists and writers need to remember. Especially when submitting our work to reputable and distinguished publications, there are some do-s and don’t-s to keep in mind.

DO

  • Send us an email including the specific work/s you wish to submit.
  • Include your name.
  • Be business-like; use pleasantries; use correct grammar.
  • Be patient; we will send you an email right away to let you know we have received your work. However, all authors/artists will be notified of their submission acceptance or rejection at the same time, about a week’s time after the deadline.

DON’T

  • Send us a link to your website and ask us to pick something.
  • Send us a link to your website and ask if you should “bother” submitting; have some confidence in your work.
  • Ask for revision pointers. It should be understood that you have edited your work before submitting. We will give you advice if your work has been accepted.
  •  Be rude; we won’t respond to you if you’re rude.
  • Be discouraged! If your work is not accepted, keep working! Just because your creations aren’t right for us (or the specific edition you’ve submitted to), doesn’t mean they won’t be great elsewhere!

There are many wonderful websites and resources for “how to” submit your work. An example is this article on The Review Review: “What Editors Want…

Food for Thought (from the Thought Catalog)

Janne Robinson wrote an article for the Thought Catalog that had all of us on a “life high” for days, and why shouldn’t we spread the love?

Read “Bullshit, You Aren’t Living.”

You don’t need to write some fucking self help book with the intention it’s going to save people, or become Tony Robbins or go build 12 schools in Colombia (or do) to save our planet—you want to save our planet? Live your god damn truth.

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Jack(ie) of all trades, Janne Robinson

Cement Factory into Mansion

Ricardo Bofill’s household, outside of Barcelona, is a very old Cement Factory. La fabrica is a beautiful creation of Bofill’s own architecture; it reminds us of countless possibilities in the most unlikely places. Read the article here: “Architect Turns Old Cement Factory Into His Home…”

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Montano’s “14 Years of Living Art”

To extend the theme from yesterday’s posts, integration of art into life is becoming increasingly popular among performance artists and young individuals. Here’s half of an amazing project by Linda Montano called Fourteen Years of Living Art. The results are recorded on an extension of her main website: here.

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“7 YEARS OF LIVING ART is a time-based, endurance/performance which focuses the mind in a directed way so that art becomes a vehicle for meditation. Wearing one color of clothing each year that corresponds to the color of a specific Chakra (Hindu energy system), I was able to stay attentive to my intention. That is, to train the mind not to wander, shop around, or buy into the millions of distractions that impinge minute-to-minute.”

If you haven’t already, make sure to submit to our Spring Edition of Fiant Verbas. The deadline is April 15th. We are a literary and artistic journal, dedicated to displaying new work throughout the United States and abroad.

Beth Cavener, Spirit Animals

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Beth Cavener‘s sculpture, “Forgiveness”

Artists often integrate their work into their life. This can range in extremity, as Maria Abromavic seeks to do in her meditations and performance art; her work requires incredible preparation and strength of will. Others seek to integrate their life lessons and spirituality into their work. Beth Cavener believes that within each of us, there resides animal instincts and primitive roots.

How do you integrate life and art? Show us by submitting to our Spring Edition of Fiant Verbas.