Call for Submissions: 1984 Revisited

subTerrain Magazine

Deadline: September 6, 2019

For our 84th issue we plan to pay homage to the dystopian world that was depicted in George Orwell’s novel 1984. A revisit and analysis of Orwell’s world as depicted in his seminal dystopian novel, along with other complementary dystopian works and reviews, will form the over-arching theme for our Winter 2019 issue. In a time of growing uncertainty about the future, readers have been turning to dystopian classics. As reported in the NY Times, January 2017, “The Handmaid’s Tale is among several classic dystopian novels that seem to be resonating with readers at a moment of heightened anxiety about the state of American democracy. Sales have also risen drastically for George Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984, which shot to the top of Amazon’s best-seller list.

Other novels that today’s readers may not have picked up since high school but have landed on the top reading lists recently are Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel, Brave New World, a futuristic dystopian story set in England in 2540; and Sinclair Lewis’s 1935 novel It Can’t Happen Here, a satire about a bellicose presidential candidate who runs on a populist platform in the United States but turns out to be a fascist demagogue.” This issue will also offer us the opportunity to reflect on the state of American democracy and Canada’s own rise of alt-right Conservatism.

More information and how to submit

subTerrain publishes original fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, essays, and commentary three times a year. Submissions must be previously unpublished material. subTerrain welcomes submissions from both emerging and established authors.

We are happy to consider work from all corners of the identity spectrum, including works by underrepresented writers, including but not limited to writers who are indigenous, of colour, immigrants, women, LGBTQI+, low-income, no-income, and writers with disabilities. Submitters are welcome to state demographics such as race, age, gender, etc. in their cover letter if they so choose.