As writers and editors, we believe in using words to argue for human rights, demand social justice, and respond to current events. Because words have power--they can teach, move, shock, and sing. For #IHLRNewsFlash, we seek brief essays, stories, or poems that respond to urgent current events.
In the past, some of our favorite pieces about 9/11 have included these two poems and flash essay:
"On the Day of the Dead," by Edwidge Danticat
"Lower Manhattan Pantoum," by Elaine Sexton
Prose submissions to #IHLRNewsFlash should be no longer than 750 words; poems should be no longer than 25 lines. We receive 20 submissions per week and read them immediately--because the world never rests. The submission gate for NewsFlash opens August 15th, every year, every Monday morning, at 10 a.m. CST, and closes as soon as we hit submission twenty. The next Monday, we open the gate again and repeat the process. We accept only the best submissions: sometimes all 20 in one week; sometimes none--though we're hoping to accept at least two a week.
#IHLRNewsFlash will not publish work that supports hate or racism, that disrespects science or journalism, or promotes falsehoods and/or bigotry.
Currently, we cannot provide honorarium for manuscripts we publish as part of #IHLRNewsFlash.