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Salutations, humans, lizard-folk, and otherwise, This week is the launch of our March/April issue, and it’s all about monsters. This is our celebration of all things fanged and scaled and tentacled and other and different—from people on the periphery to literal monsters loving and embracing their own monstrousness. A big part of our inspiration for this issue theme was our interview with Nino Cipri back in the September/October 2017 issue—it’s definitely worth revisiting. We discussed their piece, “A Silly Love Story," which you can view here. While planning this issue, we really wanted to explore every facet of monstrousness. Some pieces are all about defiance and uncompromising self-love in spite of it all—see “Medusa” by Rita Feinstein and “Those Below” by Sarah Helen. Other pieces touch on the loneliness and sense of isolation that might come with otherness—check out “Man of Straw” by Russell Nichols and “Crop Circles” by Wynter Cox. This issue is going to be released over the course of March and April, with some new stuff to check out every Monday. This is sort of a new way of structuring our issues, so please let us know what you think. As always, thank you all for being part of this new phase of CICADA with us. You inspire us. Keep being loud and joyous and angry and monstrous and proud and ferocious. All our love, Team CICADA PS: For those of you that entered the Write the World competition, the winners will be announced on March 9 and the winner will be published in CICADA on March 16.
CICADA and WRITE THE WORLD Joint Competition: Monster Flash Fiction NOW OPEN! From the Dementors to the Dark Riders, Sasquatch to Cyclops, Frankenstein to Loch Ness, monsters have long occupied our storytelling traditions and haunted our imaginations. But what makes these mythical beasts so monstrously fascinating? Is it their otherworldly origins? Our innate fear of the unknown? Or the age-old good vs. evil theme they represent? This month, Write the World and CICADA invite you to submit a piece of monster-themed flash fiction to our joint competition. Drawing on the brevity of poetry and the story-arc of novels, flash fiction compresses the best parts of literature into half-pint packages. So come celebrate the art of tiny tales with us, dear writers, in monster form! Whether you write about fabled mountain creatures roaming snow-capped peaks, real-life monsters of the deep, a sympathetic monster hero, or metaphorical monsters of modern day, give us a new monster tale for our time—one that will endure for years to come. The winners will be featured on Write the World’s blog, and published in the March issue of Cicada online as well as on Writetheworld.com. Visit the official contest page for more info and rules! Key Dates February 12: Competition Opens February 19: Submit draft for Expert Review (Optional. We will review the first 100 drafts submitted.) February 23: Reviews returned to Writers February 27: Final Submissions Due March 9: Winners Announced
Hello, genteel and affable hominids, Welcome to 2018, and welcome to the first week of digital CICADA. It’s been a long road getting here, and frankly we’re all about to curl up under our desks and hibernate for a few years. Or we would, if we hadn’t been living on coffee for the past month (that glamorous deadline life, heyyyy). So, to start, here’s a bit about how the new digital mag is going to work. Instead of inundating you with a whole bunch of content at once at the top of the month, we’re going to give you some new stories, poems, and comics to enjoy every week over the course of the month (plus some new weekly features like horoscopes and the Prompt of the Week). Releasing content on a weekly basis means we’ll be able to give you more stuff than you would’ve seen in the print magazine, so that’s pretty exciting. Make sure to check back every Monday to see the new pieces we’ve posted! We’re pretty excited for this first week. You’ve probably seen us put out calls for reinvented fairy tales before, and I adore a creative retelling, but we’ve always been super leery of Snow White retellings because they tend to focus on women hurting one another to get ahead. That’s why Virginia Mohlere’s “A Cookpot, A Knife, A Pile of Rags” is so, so special. It’s a quietly beautiful story about women helping one another to manage trauma and heal. Plus, we get to see more of Kelsey Wroten’s gorgeous illustrations—you may remember her from our May/June 2017 cover. We get another clever (and considerably more menacing) fairy tale reworking in Sarah Allen’s poem “little red,” as well as some classic lit nods in Sarah Waring’s heartbreaking “Alice.” In addition to some great pieces by talented folks, we’re very pleased to announce that this issue’s contest is a collaboration with Write the World, another community for young writers. Please keep an eye out for the official prompt and contest rules, and pay Write the World a visit while you’re at it! They’ve got some really fantastic resources for teen writers, as well as regular competitions. That just about wraps it up for now, but we did want to take a quick second to thank you all for being so patient with us as we work the bugs out of our new site. It’s been a learning process for all of us, and we couldn’t have done it without your feedback. Keep it coming! All our love, Team CICADA