CONTEST SUBMISSIONS OPEN FOR:

WAXING & WANING PRESENTS: THE TENNESSEE TEMPEST EDITION

(_Deadline: January 17, 2021_)

2020 has been a tumultuous year for the world, and Tennessee in particular has been dealt one of the worst hands. On March 3rd, tornadoes torrented their way through Middle Tennessee, leaving behind a path of absolute destruction that shocked our community. Once more, we banded together to rebuild and remain one of the most loving and caring communities in the nation. However, one week later, we were told to stay at home as the widespread panic of COVID-19 came ravaging through our neck of the woods. Needless to say, we are still rebuilding, and we are still figuring out how to move forward. One way to accomplish this is simply to create. To write. To make art. To put our hardships and fears on a blank page or canvas.

Waxing & Waning Presents: The Tennessee Tempest Edition aims to be the home for these creations. To be the champions of a collected volume of writers and artists who are coping with the March 3rd tornadoes (or other natural disasters) and their aftermath and living during these uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic. This volume will be an attempt to heal. To heal those who find sanctuary and peace in creating. To come together, as one community, to write and create and fill pages full of beauty during devastation, truth in fear, and human nature as it meets eye-to-eye with Mother Nature.

Submissions are open for poetry, prose (fiction & creative nonfiction), and art. About 30 contributors will be selected to be published in the volume, and each category will be crowned a winner. These 3 winners will receive a prize of $50 in addition to being published. All contributors selected for publication will also be sent a complimentary copy of the edition. There will be a $10 submission fee for all categories. 

Submission Guidelines

  • Poetry: 1-3 poems, up to 3,000 words
  • Prose (_fiction & creative nonfiction_): 1 piece, up to 7,500 words
  • Art: 1-5 pieces of art, black-and-white or color


NOTE: Tennessee writers & artists preferred, though this contest is not exclusive to them. We will consider submissions from all over the world, as long as it is of a similar vein to the prompt.


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& SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN FOR ISSUE 08 (_print_)! 

(_cut-off February 28, 2021_)

The editors of Waxing & Waning want what’s on the fringe. Whatever is deep and true. The moon represents this idea: what is dark, what is brooding, what is wild, what is crescent and changing. We want to feed the beast in you, the one buried beneath layers of manners and anxiety and internet induced abyss, repetition, and relative sameness. Work submitted to Waxing & Waning should be honest and well-executed. It should scream coherently; it should bring experiences and knowledge out of us that we have not seen before. It should rip out our black hearts and put them in front of our eyes. Bring us the work everyone else is afraid of. Bring us the work you’re afraid of. Bring us the work that gets at the trueness frightening you out of the routine.

In a world blanketed in monotony—we seek to search outside of ourselves so we can better love, give love, and sacrifice for whatever art could bring. We hope to wax in truth and wane into poetics—to shelter ourselves from reality. To bathe in the light of the moon.


  • Submissions open year-round
  • 1 online / 1 print release per year
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted (please let us know, however)
  • Poetry, Fiction, & Creative Nonfiction submissions $5
  • Screenplays/Plays submissions $7
  • Short Films & Graphic Stories submissions $3
  • Art submissions FREE
  • All submissions must be in proper manuscript format


Submission Guidelines


  • Poetry: 1-5 poems, up to 3,000 words
  • Fiction / Creative Nonfiction: 100-5,000 words (if any longer, it should be good enough to merit the space it will take up)
  • Screenplays / Plays: Up to 25 pages (may be a part of a whole)
  • Art: Please submit 1-5 pieces of art to be considered for our journal, both online and print. (We accept .GIF, .JPEG, .PNG, .MOV, MP4, .AVI, .FLV, and .M4V.) 
  • Graphic Stories: 3-5 pages, black-and-white or color
  • Short Films: Up to 15 minutes, if Submittable lets you attach it, we'll look at it!






Flyer Image for The Tennessee Tempest Edition 



WAXING & WANING PRESENTS: THE TENNESSEE TEMPEST EDITION (_contest_)

2020 has been a tumultuous year for the world, and Tennessee in particular has been dealt one of the worst hands. On March 3rd, tornadoes torrented their way through Middle Tennessee, leaving behind a path of absolute destruction that shocked our community. Once more, we banded together to rebuild and remain one of the most loving and caring communities in the nation. However, one week later, we were told to stay at home as the widespread panic of COVID-19 came ravaging through our neck of the woods. Needless to say, we are still rebuilding, and we are still figuring out how to move forward. One way to accomplish this is simply to create. To write. To make art. To put our hardships and fears on a blank page or canvas.

Waxing & Waning Presents: The Tennessee Tempest Edition aims to be the home for these creations. To be the champions of a collected volume of writers and artists who are coping with the March 3rd tornadoes (or other natural disasters) and their aftermath and living during these uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic. This volume will be an attempt to heal. To heal those who find sanctuary and peace in creating. To come together, as one community, to write and create and fill pages full of beauty during devastation, truth in fear, and human nature as it meets eye-to-eye with Mother Nature.

Submissions are open for poetry, prose (fiction & creative nonfiction), and art. About 30 contributors will be selected to be published in the volume, and each category will be crowned a winner. These 3 winners will receive a prize of $50 in addition to being published. All contributors selected for publication will also be sent a complimentary copy of the edition. There will be a $10 submission fee for all categories. 

NOTE: Tennessee writers & artists preferred, though this contest is not exclusive to them. We will consider submissions from all over the world, as long as it is of a similar vein to the prompt.

Guidelines:

  • 1-5 pieces of art
  • Color or black-and-white accepted


Flyer Image for the Tennessee Tempest Edition 



WAXING & WANING PRESENTS: THE TENNESSEE TEMPEST EDITION (_contest_)

2020 has been a tumultuous year for the world, and Tennessee in particular has been dealt one of the worst hands. On March 3rd, tornadoes torrented their way through Middle Tennessee, leaving behind a path of absolute destruction that shocked our community. Once more, we banded together to rebuild and remain one of the most loving and caring communities in the nation. However, one week later, we were told to stay at home as the widespread panic of COVID-19 came ravaging through our neck of the woods. Needless to say, we are still rebuilding, and we are still figuring out how to move forward. One way to accomplish this is simply to create. To write. To make art. To put our hardships and fears on a blank page or canvas.

Waxing & Waning Presents: The Tennessee Tempest Edition aims to be the home for these creations. To be the champions of a collected volume of writers and artists who are coping with the March 3rd tornadoes (or other natural disasters) and their aftermath and living during these uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic. This volume will be an attempt to heal. To heal those who find sanctuary and peace in creating. To come together, as one community, to write and create and fill pages full of beauty during devastation, truth in fear, and human nature as it meets eye-to-eye with Mother Nature.

Submissions are open for poetry, prose (fiction & creative nonfiction), and art. About 30 contributors will be selected to be published in the volume, and each category will be crowned a winner. These 3 winners will receive a prize of $50 in addition to being published. All contributors selected for publication will also be sent a complimentary copy of the edition. There will be a $10 submission fee for all categories. 

NOTE: Tennessee writers & artists preferred, though this contest is not exclusive to them. We will consider submissions from all over the world, as long as it is of a similar vein to the prompt.

Guidelines:

  • 1 story per submission (may be an excerpt of a longer piece)
  • Up to 7,500 words


Flyer Image for the Tennessee Tempest Edition 



WAXING & WANING PRESENTS: THE TENNESSEE TEMPEST EDITION (_contest_)

2020 has been a tumultuous year for the world, and Tennessee in particular has been dealt one of the worst hands. On March 3rd, tornadoes torrented their way through Middle Tennessee, leaving behind a path of absolute destruction that shocked our community. Once more, we banded together to rebuild and remain one of the most loving and caring communities in the nation. However, one week later, we were told to stay at home as the widespread panic of COVID-19 came ravaging through our neck of the woods. Needless to say, we are still rebuilding, and we are still figuring out how to move forward. One way to accomplish this is simply to create. To write. To make art. To put our hardships and fears on a blank page or canvas.

Waxing & Waning Presents: The Tennessee Tempest Edition aims to be the home for these creations. To be the champions of a collected volume of writers and artists who are coping with the March 3rd tornadoes (or other natural disasters) and their aftermath and living during these uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic. This volume will be an attempt to heal. To heal those who find sanctuary and peace in creating. To come together, as one community, to write and create and fill pages full of beauty during devastation, truth in fear, and human nature as it meets eye-to-eye with Mother Nature.

Submissions are open for poetry, prose (fiction & creative nonfiction), and art. About 30 contributors will be selected to be published in the volume, and each category will be crowned a winner. These 3 winners will receive a prize of $50 in addition to being published. All contributors selected for publication will also be sent a complimentary copy of the edition. There will be a $10 submission fee for all categories. 

NOTE: Tennessee writers & artists preferred, though this contest is not exclusive to them. We will consider submissions from all over the world, as long as it is of a similar vein to the prompt.

Guidelines:

  • 1-3 poems
  • 3,000 words max
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The editors of Waxing & Waning want what’s on the fringe. Whatever is deep and true. The moon represents this idea: what is dark, what is brooding, what is wild, what is crescent and changing. We want to feed the beast in you, the one buried beneath layers of manners and anxiety and internet induced abyss, repetition, and relative sameness. Work submitted to Waxing & Waning should be honest and well-executed. It should scream coherently; it should bring experiences and knowledge out of us that we have not seen before. It should rip out our black hearts and put them in front of our eyes. Bring us the work everyone else is afraid of. Bring us the work you’re afraid of. Bring us the work that gets at the trueness frightening you out of the routine.

In a world blanketed in monotony—we seek to search outside of ourselves so we can better love, give love, and sacrifice for whatever art could bring. We hope to wax in truth and wane into poetics—to shelter ourselves from reality. To bathe in the light of the moon.



 

The editors of Waxing & Waning want what’s on the fringe. Whatever is deep and true. The moon represents this idea: what is dark, what is brooding, what is wild, what is crescent and changing. We want to feed the beast in you, the one buried beneath layers of manners and anxiety and internet induced abyss, repetition, and relative sameness. Work submitted to Waxing & Waning should be honest and well-executed. It should scream coherently; it should bring experiences and knowledge out of us that we have not seen before. It should rip out our black hearts and put them in front of our eyes. Bring us the work everyone else is afraid of. Bring us the work you’re afraid of. Bring us the work that gets at the trueness frightening you out of the routine.

In a world blanketed in monotony—we seek to search outside of ourselves so we can better love, give love, and sacrifice for whatever art could bring. We hope to wax in truth and wane into poetics—to shelter ourselves from reality. To bathe in the light of the moon.


  • 12-pt Times New Roman font
  • Double-spaced
  • 100-5,000 words (if any longer, it should be good enough to merit the space it will take up)
  • In proper manuscript format

 

The editors of Waxing & Waning want what’s on the fringe. Whatever is deep and true. The moon represents this idea: what is dark, what is brooding, what is wild, what is crescent and changing. We want to feed the beast in you, the one buried beneath layers of manners and anxiety and internet induced abyss, repetition, and relative sameness. Work submitted to Waxing & Waning should be honest and well-executed. It should scream coherently; it should bring experiences and knowledge out of us that we have not seen before. It should rip out our black hearts and put them in front of our eyes. Bring us the work everyone else is afraid of. Bring us the work you’re afraid of. Bring us the work that gets at the trueness frightening you out of the routine.

In a world blanketed in monotony—we seek to search outside of ourselves so we can better love, give love, and sacrifice for whatever art could bring. We hope to wax in truth and wane into poetics—to shelter ourselves from reality. To bathe in the light of the moon.


  • 12-pt Times New Roman font
  • Double-spaced
  • 100-5,000 words (if any longer, it should be good enough to merit the space it will take up)
  • In proper manuscript format

 

The editors of Waxing & Waning want what’s on the fringe. Whatever is deep and true. The moon represents this idea: what is dark, what is brooding, what is wild, what is crescent and changing. We want to feed the beast in you, the one buried beneath layers of manners and anxiety and internet induced abyss, repetition, and relative sameness. Work submitted to Waxing & Waning should be honest and well-executed. It should scream coherently; it should bring experiences and knowledge out of us that we have not seen before. It should rip out our black hearts and put them in front of our eyes. Bring us the work everyone else is afraid of. Bring us the work you’re afraid of. Bring us the work that gets at the trueness frightening you out of the routine.

In a world blanketed in monotony—we seek to search outside of ourselves so we can better love, give love, and sacrifice for whatever art could bring. We hope to wax in truth and wane into poetics—to shelter ourselves from reality. To bathe in the light of the moon.


  • 12 pt font
  • Typical screenplay/play format
  • Up to 25 pages
  • May be a part of a whole


The editors of Waxing & Waning want what’s on the fringe. Whatever is deep and true. The moon represents this idea: what is dark, what is brooding, what is wild, what is crescent and changing. We want to feed the beast in you, the one buried beneath layers of manners and anxiety and internet induced abyss, repetition, and relative sameness. Work submitted to Waxing & Waning should be honest and well-executed. It should scream coherently; it should bring experiences and knowledge out of us that we have not seen before. It should rip out our black hearts and put them in front of our eyes. Bring us the work everyone else is afraid of. Bring us the work you’re afraid of. Bring us the work that gets at the trueness frightening you out of the routine.

In a world blanketed in monotony—we seek to search outside of ourselves so we can better love, give love, and sacrifice for whatever art could bring. We hope to wax in truth and wane into poetics—to shelter ourselves from reality. To bathe in the light of the moon.


We are currently accepting submissions for art, both moving and plastic.

  • Please submit 1-5 pieces of art to be considered for our journal, both online and print.
  • We accept .GIF, .JPEG, .PNG, .MOV, MP4, .AVI, .FLV, and .M4V. 
  • If you're submitting a painted piece, we'd like them to be as cropped to the canvas as possible with indirect or natural lighting to avoid glare, but because we want a lot of visual stuff, we'll be more lenient with these particular guidelines.




 

The editors of Waxing & Waning want what’s on the fringe. Whatever is deep and true. The moon represents this idea: what is dark, what is brooding, what is wild, what is crescent and changing. We want to feed the beast in you, the one buried beneath layers of manners and anxiety and internet induced abyss, repetition, and relative sameness. Work submitted to Waxing & Waning should be honest and well-executed. It should scream coherently; it should bring experiences and knowledge out of us that we have not seen before. It should rip out our black hearts and put them in front of our eyes. Bring us the work everyone else is afraid of. Bring us the work you’re afraid of. Bring us the work that gets at the trueness frightening you out of the routine.

In a world blanketed in monotony—we seek to search outside of ourselves so we can better love, give love, and sacrifice for whatever art could bring. We hope to wax in truth and wane into poetics—to shelter ourselves from reality. To bathe in the light of the moon.


Friendly note: A "graphic" story does not mean a story that simply "gives a vivid description with explicit detail," but however it does mean that it contains a visual element, such as art, drawing, photography, etc. Thank you! (Your submission will be withdrawn if it does not contain a visual accompaniment.)

  • 3-5 pages, black-and-white or color
  •  We’re looking for stories that jolt the soul with their power and mold the mind into impossible shapes with their insight into the intimate of the grotesque. 
  • We want writing that is characterized by its visceral nature and the pulsing need of the story to burst forth from the mind to the page. 
  • If you know you have this story in you, please send us your work.



 

The editors of Waxing & Waning want what’s on the fringe. Whatever is deep and true. The moon represents this idea: what is dark, what is brooding, what is wild, what is crescent and changing. We want to feed the beast in you, the one buried beneath layers of manners and anxiety and internet induced abyss, repetition, and relative sameness. Work submitted to Waxing & Waning should be honest and well-executed. It should scream coherently; it should bring experiences and knowledge out of us that we have not seen before. It should rip out our black hearts and put them in front of our eyes. Bring us the work everyone else is afraid of. Bring us the work you’re afraid of. Bring us the work that gets at the trueness frightening you out of the routine.

In a world blanketed in monotony—we seek to search outside of ourselves so we can better love, give love, and sacrifice for whatever art could bring. We hope to wax in truth and wane into poetics—to shelter ourselves from reality. To bathe in the light of the moon.


We are looking for films of up to 15 minutes that push boundaries and are artistically driven. If Submittable allows you to attach it, we'll look at it!





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