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We urge you to check out the blog to get the “voice” of the site. We are happy to be have unique and varying voices and writers and posts, however, some things are a better fit than others. We don’t care if you are a published author or an 8th grader. We want personal essays that share what it means to be human. Jen Pastiloff’s workshops, in fact, are called The Manifestation Workshop: On Being Human. We want to think and feel.
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We want to be moved.
We want Oh Wow. Oh Wow kind of posts. We want the I have to put down my cup of coffee (or wine) and give this my full attention kind of stuff.
We are looking for fantastic writing. Period. We don’t care if you are a well known author or a computer programmer who secretly writes at night.
Gut wrenching, honest and brave writing. That’s what we want.
We are not looking for self-help. Although, inadvertently it may end up being that.
The pieces do NOT have to be about yoga in any way shape or form.
Due to the sheer number of posts we receive we cannot give feedback. Please know that we are honored to read your work and that even if you do not end up on the site, we think of it as a great privilege to read what you have written.
In the words of Jen:
I am interested in inspiring, not fluff. In truth, not bullshit. I am interested in the way certain words string together in a seemingly impossible way to create a disarming sentence. The kind that makes you sit down and give pause. I am interested in the fantastical, as long as it is fantastic, and in poetry and science alike. I am interested in science that reads like poetry, or rather, finding the poetry in it. In every molecule. In every discovery. I am interested in history, even if it’s recreated for the reader’s pleasure, as long as it is written well enough that you slip into belief and stay there for the duration.
I am interested in the quiet in back of words, in what is hidden behind what is said, the quiet stubbornness of the details. I am interested in imagination, not in regurgitation. I am interested in freshness of voice and “Holy Hell, that is risky. But it works” kind of stuff.
I am interested in originality, in the bold rather than same old. I am interested in poetry and fiction and stories of the heart, not in fingers counting ways I can lose 5 pounds. I am interested in anything that moves me, challenges me, breaks me. Not in anything that patronizes, manipulates, insults. I am interested in unique and brave, not mimicry and safety. I am interested in getting lost in words, ending up in Asia or Bali.
I am interested in things that make me recognize myself or parts of myself and all of humankind at once with the sleight of a hand, with a paragraph, with a metaphor, with skilled use of adverbs. Whatever it takes, I just want to be taken there.
I am interested in literature, but also in things unable to be categorized. I am interested in zero self-consciousness. I am not interested in anything so concerned with itself that it constructs a false self to sell. I am interested in risk-taking. I am interested in what speaks for itself; words so right that nothing needs to be done except nod and keep reading.
This is what I am interested in as a reader, and, as a writer.
I do not care for the nonsense, until it is beautiful nonsense. I don’t want the preachy or overly sentimental or the try-too-hards. I want what is pure creation or pure hard work or pure inspiration, just not what is pure contrivance.
I want to be touched and shook and grabbed.
I don’t want lists unless they make me a better human. Even then, they ought to be distinct, and, at the very least, funny as Hell.
I don’t need a lot. Or maybe I do.
Maybe I want everything.
I want the writer to have given me everything.
As the writer, I want to give everything.
I want words that send me to the moon.
I want what we all want, really.
To be shown what beauty is. What love is. What inspiration is. What the power of language and words can do.
So. That is what we are looking for.
We are so grateful for each and every submission we get to read. It is a privilege and an honor and even if your piece is not chosen, please know that we are honored to have read it.
Please make sure that your submission is polished. Should your piece be selected for publication, any edits or changes you desire will require a new submission. We try not to publish previously published work unless it is a special circumstance. We do not have a word count preference. We want YOU!
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