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The Great Pause Rearview 2020 12

A project of Press Pause

Do not submit here! This project is permanently closed to submissions (December 2020). We provide the following information as an archive.

About

We’re not sure who’s writing 2020, but we’re seeing a lot of broken workshop rules here: the stakes are entirely too high, we’re focusing on plot instead of relationships and people, there are too many threads, it’s unclear who the main characters are, it’s copying from recycled storylines, and we really can’t tell where the “narrative arc” is. We’ve got a pandemic, historical worldwide protests, a rogue administration, Karens freaking out over haircuts—and does anyone know the status of the murder hornets? Did we just drop that storyline, or is that gonna show up in the last chapter here, or? We’re just waiting for the red cloaks and lampshade bonnets to appear. But behind all the headlines, underneath all the tweet wars, there’s another narrative happening to every single one of us. Those are the stories we want—those quiet moments of desperation or joy you’re finding on your daily walk, in your morning cup of coffee, in your nightcap. What are your headlines? What’s been happening between the four walls of your home? What does 2020 look like from your perspective? We want to read your story in whatever medium you want to tell it. Hit us with your essays, stories, poems, journal entries, voice memos, conversations, songs, photographs, lists, rants, letters, dreams, midnight musings. It doesn’t have to fit into a genre or category. It can fit into every genre and category. We don’t even care if it totally makes sense (2020 doesn’t, why should we?).

Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2020

Publication Media & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationUnknown publication frequency.
Print Publication Print PublicationOne-time publication.

Fiction Closed

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Genres:
General General
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:
Society/Culture (Current events, Social issues), Other (See guidelines).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Flash Fiction Flash FictionNo specific word count limits known (our definition: up to 1000 words).
Short Story Short StoryNo specific word count limits known (our definition: 1000 to 7500 words).
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMulti-EntriesMedia
OK No Unknown Unknown UnknownText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Nonfiction Closed

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Mainstream, Personal.
Topics:
Society/Culture (Current events, Social issues), Other (See guidelines).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Essay EssayNo specific word count limits known.
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative NonfictionNo specific word count limits known.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMulti-EntriesMedia
OK No Unknown Unknown UnknownText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Poetry Closed

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Genres:
General General
Poetry Forms:
Open to all/most Forms.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:
Society/Culture (Current events, Social issues), Other (See guidelines).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Poem PoemNo line limits known; Unknown number of pieces.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMulti-EntriesMedia
OK No Unknown Unknown UnknownText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Visual Art Closed

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Art Media:
Open to all/most Art Media.
Art Styles:
Open to all/most Art Styles.
Topics:
Society/Culture (Current events, Social issues), Other (See guidelines).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Artwork ArtworkUnknown number of pieces.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMulti-EntriesMedia
OK No Unknown Unknown UnknownImage format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

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Dates

Last Updated: 15 Dec 2020
Date Added: 07 Sep 2020

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