Submissions are now open for Rock & Sling's second special edition, Vox II: American Identities. Often the American identity is assumed to be one thing, embodying a particular narrative and experience that may not ring true for some of the population. The United States is filled with diverse people, stories, and ideas on what it means to be "American." Whether this expression comes through fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, graphic narratives, or art, we want to see your perspective. We seek works that witness counter to the single perspective; challenge the division, complicate the simplified, and humanize the dehumanized.  

Open to all forms and content, keeping in mind the magazine's theme of "witnessing" and faith. Selections should be no more than ten pages.

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. 

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