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The Disappointed Housewife needs some early submissions!

I’m starting to build a small collection of pieces for The Disappointed Housewife, gang. A few friends and old acquaintances have kicked in some work, and I’m wondering if any of my loyal readers here at WTH would like to offer submissions now.

I’ve also mocked up the site on WordPress and put together submission guidelines and a mission statement for the journal. I’d love to run it past some beta-viewers, so volunteer in the comments and I’ll send you an invitation to have a look. I’ll be happy to consider any design changes that the template allows, though I think it’s looking pretty clean and easy to navigate right now.

If you volunteer, you’ll get a sneak peek at the content I’ve gathered so far. You’ll have a good taste of the journal’s offbeat slant.

So, I’m looking for fiction and essays of 1500 words or less (flash fiction is welcome), poetry in batches of up to five poems at a time, and any kind of mash-up piece you want to run up the flagpole. I have a category called “Faux forms & genres,” where you can also do fake reviews, Match.com profiles, résumés, furniture assembly instructions, baseball card facsimiles, or anything else that comes to mind. And remember, The Disappointed Housewife would like to see writing in photographs or drawings or video clips. You can record yourself reading your work, if you want, and we’d publish via SoundCloud, like I do with my original songs. A YouTube video of someone reading poetry in a Doo Doo Head mask is inevitable, I have to think.

I found an interesting Reddit thread, called Library of Babel, that’s right in the spirit of this journal. There you assemble words any way you like – cutting and pasting from the internet, free associating, randomly picking phrases from books, whatever – and make art out of it. Have a look for ideas: https://www.reddit.com/r/LibraryofBabel.

Send your submissions to me at thedisappointedhousewife(at)gmail(dot)com, pasting the text into the email. I’ll be reviewing material over the holidays to put together a strong launch sometime early in 2018.

By the way, I can envision giving contributors the option to publish their PayPal or Google Pay address with their work so they can receive micropayments from appreciative readers. (Here’s an easy way to send money via Gmail.)

The Disappointed Housewife might not be able to pay you, but happy patrons might be willing to drop a nice tip. What do you think?

19 comments on “The Disappointed Housewife needs some early submissions!

  1. curtisbausse
    December 6, 2017

    Hmm… intriguing and innovative! Happy to take a beta-look – and maybe submit.

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 6, 2017

      Wonderful! Shoot me your email address at kevinbrennan520(at)gmail(dot)com, and I’ll send the invite. ✊

  2. kingmidget
    December 6, 2017

    Always happy to help you out. I’ll take a look at your site.

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 6, 2017

      Thanks a lot, Mark! I’ll send the invite when I get a chance today …

  3. Phillip McCollum
    December 6, 2017

    Looking forward to your new venture, Kevin! Life’s a little crazy for me at the moment, but I look forward to submitting something in the future.

  4. Ilona Elliott
    December 6, 2017

    Love to see what you’ve got going on there Kevin and I do have an essay that’s kicking around somewhere to dig up and submit.

  5. Audrey Driscoll
    December 6, 2017

    I’d like to have a look. I think you have my email. if not, let me know.

  6. pinklightsabre
    December 7, 2017

    Yes, happy to beta-view too.

  7. 1WriteWay
    December 11, 2017

    I’d like to beta-view if you still need people 🙂

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 11, 2017

      Hey, thanks, Marie! I have a couple more things I’d like to post to it, and then I’ll send you the invite.

      I discovered via Mark last week that the invites “expire,” so I think you just get one shot at viewing before I’d have to send another one. Weird.

      • 1WriteWay
        December 12, 2017

        Whoops! I got your invite but haven’t has a chance to follow through. I’ll let you know if it’s expired 😬

  8. franklparker
    December 14, 2017

    Show me more!

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 14, 2017

      Hi Frank. Send me your email address and I’ll invite you to view the site. kevinbrennan520(at)gmail(dot)com.

  9. erectusreturn
    December 14, 2017

    looks interesting, how does one submit?

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 14, 2017

      Hi. Send me your email address and I’ll invite you to view the site. kevinbrennan520(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks!

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