Rock & Sling is a journal of witness, and we take that charge seriously. While in the past we have said that we are "open to experiences of all kinds," now is a time to be specific, not just open.
We seek the witness, the experience, the art of Black and indigenous people and people of color. We seek the witness of genderqueer, gender fluid, and all people along the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. We seek the witness of immigrants and refugees, of people with disabilities, of women, and all those often marginalized by the literary and publishing communities.
We seek work that engages the world and the writer's experience in the world from any faith tradition, whether it is Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, or otherwise. And we seek work by those who do not participate in organized or traditional faiths.
Witness has in its definition the concept of testimony. To testify is to tell the truth, an inherent call to all artists and writers. We seek those who are telling truth.
How to Pack for Church Camp is an online anthology project that's separate from, yet friends with, Rock & Sling.
We seek creative nonfiction under 1,000 words that’s related to experiences at summer camp.
Were you envious of your friend at a Lutheran camp who had a dance, while your camp forbade the use of boomboxes save for worship? Did you have a moment of crystalline self-awareness while cooking over a fire at Scout Camp? We want to know.
Although we have a fondness for church-camp stories, the work need not be about a Christian or other religiously affiliated program. We’re much less interested in the devotional or didactic, and are hungry for what surprises us, hits us in the gut, makes us think. The stories can be uplifting, bawdy, itchy, touching, melancholy. They just need to have happened to you.
Submissions must be the author’s original work. We will consider previously published material so long as the author informs us of the work’s history and retains the rights.
All submissions in this category will be considered for print or online formats.