ISSUE TWO: SELF
is about food + the female/femme body. This issue will deal with the often complicated relationship we experience with food, eating, and nourishment as they impact our sense of self, body image, and beauty. This issue is about comfort as much as it is discomfort — celebrating the food experiences that fill us with joy and those that might leave us feeling less-than-happy. SELF will deal with words, recipes, images, and more related to food and the body, mind, and belly (or spirit). Modern society (AKA the patriarchy) imposes so many ideals on women/femme bodies, so this issue is about breaking those and choosing how we want to eat, feel, and look.
With the second issue of GRLSQUASH we shift our focus from the women who came before us to the people we are. Send us ideas for pieces or fully formed work -- as always, our format is flexible and we’re very open to different interpretations of this theme! Maybe you’ve got a favorite recipe for comfort food that makes you feel good, or maybe a poem about your fluctuating relationship with dieting (you hate them, you love them, you hate them again and wonder why you’re doing this), or perhaps you’re interested in a photo essay depicting nude bodies accompanied by “guilty pleasure” foods -- hell, you could do a whole long form piece on the topic of guilty pleasure and why we (women/femmes) are made to feel guilty about eating.
SEND US A PITCH FOR A PIECE OR A FULLY-FORMED SUBMISSION!
deadline: October 12th
dimensions for visual submissions: 5.5” x 8.5” for a page or 11'“ x 8.5” for full spread.
max word count: 1000 words, but shorter pieces + poems are also welcome!