Noise abounds. In the foreground—demanding, challenging—and in the background—interfering, persisting, being drowned out. Some things are loud. Some things are quiet. Some things are not heard. Does noise have to be dichotomous to silence?

As we enter into an increasingly techno-political age, our concerns focused on “chatter,” twitter bots, and hashtags, we must ask who or what is making the noise and is it being heard? And if noise does exist as the louder half of a dichotomy, who or what is silent or silenced?

Caustic Frolic is seeking fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art, and digital submissions about all kinds of noise. We want all of your challenging, loud, buzzing, quiet, persisting interruptions. Make some noise.

Submission Requirements:

    • The deadline for all submissions is Friday September 21st at 11:59PM EST
    • Submissions should be no more than 6,000 words. For non-fiction submissions, please include a 100-200 word abstract.
    • Essays should be formatted to follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition; please use endnotes, double-spaced, on a separate page following the body of the text.
    • All fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions must be in .doc or .docx file format.
    • All art submissions must be in high-resolution digital format (PSD or PNG files) and a minimum of 5x7in.
    • For the first time we are now accepting digital submissions, which will be published solely on the website. All images should also be in high-res PSD or PNG, while video content should be sent in either AVI, FLV, WMV, MP4, and/or MOV formats.
    • For genre nonconforming submissions: submit whatever format makes sense to you and we will work out the details on a case-by-case basis. Please feel free to contact Caustic Frolic with any questions.
    • Please include a cover page with your name, telephone number, email address, and a short bio (up to 150 words). The cover page should be attached as a separate document from your submission(s).
    • Please do not include any identifying information in the body of your submission(s). All submissions are evaluated anonymously, so identifying information should only appear on your cover page.
    • We accept submissions in any language, but an English translation must accompany all non-English texts. Non-English submissions will only be made published online.
    • We accept multiple submissions (up to 5 pieces per author), but we ask that each submission be attached individually.
    • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please identify such submissions and notify immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
    • Again, the final submission deadline is Friday September 21st at 11:59PM EST

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