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Call for Submissions Archive

Call for Submissions: Democracy Video Challenge

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

What is democracy? This is the relatively simple question asked by the Democracy Video Challenge. Now while you might expect the resulting answers to that question to be about as interesting as a fourth grade essay on “What America Means to Me,” keep in mind that the contest is open to filmmakers worldwide, each of [...]

Call for Submissions: Awkward Yearbook Signatures

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

It’s always interesting to take out one of your yearbooks and flip through the messages that old friends wrote to you. Most of them are sweet or at least polite, but on the other hand there are those that are just awkward.
Enter Awkward Yearbook Signatures: A place to share all of the inappropriately sexual, overly [...]

Call for Submissions: Adoption Stories

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

No matter what side of the situation you’re on, adoption can be an incredibly difficult thing to process. Whether you’re the parent that had to give up a child or the child who grew up wondering what your biological parents were like, chances are that you have a story that needs to be heard.
Editors Bruce [...]

Contest—Obsolete: An Encyclopedia of Once-Common Things Passing Us By

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

We live in an era where everything is in a constant state of change. From the latest technology to customs to fashion trends, as a culture we tend to keep things moving. But isn’t it interesting to look back at the various outdated objects that, at one point, were completely essential to your life?
In her [...]

Call for Submissions: William Campbell’s Health Care Stories

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

If you spent anytime on Facebook today, you’ve no doubt been bombarded with the following status: “No one should die because they cannot afford health care, and no one should go broke because they get sick. If you agree, join us in posting this as your status for the rest of the day.”
And with the [...]

Call for Submissions: 5 Minutes for Special Needs + 6 Words for Memoirs

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

5 Minutes for Special Needs, a really wonderful website that offers support and insight to both people with special needs and loved ones of those with special needs, is currently running a SMITH-inspired contest for six-word memoirs and we couldn’t be happier. Winners will be announced next Friday and included in the prizes is an [...]

Call for Submissions: Is There Life After New York

Friday, August 21st, 2009

I think it’s safe to say that most New Yorkers have a love-hate relationship with their city. I moved to the Big Apple about a year ago and my experience so far has certainly had it’s share of less than wonderful moments (in addition to the numerous, truly great ones). I’ve spent hours of my [...]

Call for Submissions: Atlas Obscura

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

A guy once told me that the most interesting people at a party on the ones at the perimeter of the room, the socially awkward, the oddballs that just don’t fit in. So it goes with traditional travel guides, which tend to overlook the margins of travel. If you happened to be in the Czech [...]

Call for Admission: Stephen Elliott’s “Writing From Experience” Class

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Attention fiction writers, memoirists, memoirists-in-progress, and memoirists-to-be: Stephen Elliott is teaching the class you want to take, “Writing From Experience.” The three-hour class takes place in NYC on Monday, August 3, 6pm. For more details and to RSVP, check out the Facebook page. Not on Facebook? Reserve your spot here.
Elliott, a longtime friend of SMITH, [...]

Call for Submissions: LifeBytes: Real Stories of Online Dating

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Online dating is a semi-weird thing that most people have tried at least once and very few are willing to admit to. And it’s sort of a shame that we don’t talk about it because, in all honesty, what could be more interesting to talk about than a massively awkward experience we’ve all been through?
LifeBytes: [...]

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