Landwash is an online journal of literary and creative arts, edited and curated by The Independent. It features poetry and prose, short and serialized fiction, short scripts, experimental writing, literary essays, photo-essays, visual and multimedia art of all forms, and more. Many contributions are solicited. However, if you think you’ve got something absolutely fabulous, exceptionally creative, or otherwise absolutely imperative to share with us, we’ll be happy to take a look at it. You may contact Landwash Editor Hans Rollmann at hansnf (at) gmail (dot) com with a pitch or even a fully completed submission. If you’re providing a pitch for a piece, it’s best if you also provide a sample of your writing so that we’ll be able to run it through our top-secret supercomputers and produce a brainscan of your brain’s creative lobes. Brainscans are an essential part of the submission process. Just kidding. Maybe. Also keep an eye out for occasional public calls for submissions or literary contests.
What are we looking for in contributions? Ahh… if only we could encapsulate that in words. We want material that is good, provocative, challenging, good, different, unusual, insightful, good, revealing, satisfying, creative, and good. It’s got to be good, though. How does one quantify good? “Beauty awakens the soul to act”, said Dante. WTF, did we just quote Dante? “Beauty is not caused, it is” replied Emily Dickinson. WTF, did we just…anyway, Aldous Huxley, not wanting to be left out of an otherwise stimulating threesome, burst in upon them to proclaim: “Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates both the holder and beholder.” Anyway, we do not advocate over-intoxication (too frequently) but that should give you an idea of what we’re looking for. Intoxicate us. We also accept darkness and incisive wit. We will not publish everything we receive. We won’t be able to provide profoundly good reasons for why we do or do not, because unlike Notable Literary Elites we do not pretend to possess secret knowledge of what is good and what is bad; rather we simply know what moves us and what does not, and we judge neither. But we do publish what moves us. There’s simply no kind or rational way of explaining it further than that. You can always publish your own literary journal: in fact, we HIGHLY ENCOURAGE you to do so. There can never ever be too much literature and creativity, regardless of what those who seek to keep the field to themselves might say. Well, can you blame them? We must all earn a living. Nonetheless, if you would like to see whether your creative works fit into our [indecipherable, indefinable, inexpressible and utterly beautiful] vision, we encourage you to submit!
Each issue we also challenge our writers – and our public – to produce a piece of creative writing around a particular theme. If you wish to take up that challenge, the next issue’s special theme is:
“When sun-rays crown thy pine-clad hills…”
Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis, however the deadline for Issue 3 content
is May 30.