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WINTER 2018: “Total Eclipse”

Submissions accepted from August 15 through October 15, 2017.

We will dedicate our winter 2018 issue to the theme of “Total Eclipse.”

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse is predicted to be visible for the first time since 1979 in the contiguous United States. It just so happens that the Four Rivers Region where New Madrid is published has made international headlines as the optimal viewing spot for this eclipse. Nearby Hopkinsville, Kentucky, even has a new nickname—Eclipseville.

Our hope is also to address the theme of total eclipse from metaphorical directions. We invite work inspired by social and political phenomena; for example, some have referred to both the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union (Brexit) and to the election of Donald J. Trump to the United States presidency as total eclipses. We also encourage work that takes on the theme from a personal direction, as in the total eclipse of a marriage or friendship. We are essentially open to any work that addresses the obscuring of the light that is fundamental to a total eclipse. Secrecy is prime territory for this issue, as is any kind of blotting out, blocking, concealing, darkening. Apocalypse is also a possible subject. And of course, we welcome contributions along our theme from amateur or professional astronomers, and from skygazers of any kind. All submissions should be of interest to the general reader. Please do not submit scholarly articles.

Submissions will be accepted between August 15 and October 15. All submitted work should be of interest to the general reader; please do not submit scholarly articles. Quality is the determining factor for acceptance in New Madrid.

Please note: We accept online submissions only. See Submissions for details.