At Zoomorphic we curate writing that celebrates, challenges and deepens our connection with wildlife and the more-than-human world. It is our belief that to defend non-human species it is essential that we reconnect our imaginations to them. This is especially urgent in an age of biodiversity declines and habitat destruction. We are looking for writing that relates to these principles.
CHANGE AT ZOOMORPHIC
After three years of hatching, cultivating and growing Zoomorphic into the magazine it is today, James Roberts is stepping back from the day-to-day running of the website. The prose editor reins have been passed to Stephen Rutt. He can be contacted at Stephen (at) zoomorphic (dot) net. Susan Richardson is delighted to be remaining as poetry editor.
Susan and Stephen want to thank James for all his hard work and dedication to Zoomorphic: it would not be what it is without him. We wish him the best of luck for the future and hope he can be involved with us again in the future.
Open submissions are being welcomed as usual for prose, and for poetry within the submissions window.
For our next issue, along with the usual mix of writing, we would especially welcome submissions of writing on the theme of migration and movement.
One of the defining characteristics of wild animals is their ability to transcend borders – both geographical and political – and human patterns of movement. Whether this is birds, such as the Arctic tern, that can migrate from the tip of Southern Africa to Britain in a month, or sperm whales that move between the surface and the darkest depths of the oceans, the physical ability of animals is awe-inspiring and challenging to our imagination. Movement requires navigation and either instinct or knowledge, twinned with the capabilities of the physical body. Yet some animals barely move at all, displaying an almost human dependency on a home range.
Scientists are beginning to unravel some of these mysteries with advances in tagging and tracking technology, with recent discoveries including dung beetles’ use of the Milky Way as a reference point for navigation, and the ability of globe skimmer dragonflies to cross the Indian Ocean on high altitude trade winds. Some argue that the mystery is best left unexplored.
The questions and challenges posed by animal movement are many and various. We’re interested in essays, stories (both fiction and nonfiction) and poems exploring the science and the feeling or the myth and mystery of movement and migration in animals.
The poetry submission window will be from the 1st – 28th February.
The prose submission window for the topic of movement and migration will be from 1st February until 15th April.
If you would like to contribute please send your work to:
Please send your work as a single word (doc/docx) attachment and use your own name as the name of the file – for example: Mary_Jones.docx. Use Times New Roman, 12pt. Please type “Submission” and also your name in the subject line of your email. Include a short, third person biography and contact details.
Fiction and non-fiction: Please send 1 piece of between 500 and 5000 words, with a very short synopsis at the top. lnclude a short biography of up to 50 words.
Poetry: Please submit no more than three poems (40 lines maximum per poem).
The submissions window for poetry is open between 1st and 28th February 2018. Susan particularly welcomes work on the theme of animal movements/migration for the next issue.
Art: We publish occasional artist profiles and we are always looking for art with a strong ecological theme. If you are a visual artist in any medium we would be delighted to hear from you. Contact us at editor(at)zoomorphic(dot)net.
We will reply to you as soon as possible. Zoomorphic is run on a voluntary basis and we unfortunately do not have time to give feedback on submissions unsuitable for the magazine.
We are also keen to publish interviews, book reviews and extracts.
Images: We welcome the submission of accompanying images with your work but please only send images if you are the copyright holder, if you have permission from the copyright holder or if the image is sourced in the public domain. Please follow this link if you are uncertain about the ethical use of images in digital publications. The design, layout and use of images for each published piece is at the editor’s discretion.
Please note: Zoomorphic is a free magazine and we cannot offer payment for any published work at this time, but we will credit your work and provide links to titles, blogs, publishers and conservation organisations. All copyright remains with authors and artists.
We look forward to working with you!