Note: In addition to the theme below, we welcome submissions on all topics. In particular, we are seeking photo essays on any subject matter.

In The Fray Magazine | Call for Submissions | May 2013: Transience

In his essay, “On Transience,” Sigmund Freud relates a walk he once took through the countryside with a poet friend. This companion told Freud that he could not enjoy the natural beauty when he considered its impending doom. Freud found it incomprehensible that the transience of beauty should interfere with our enjoyment of it.

“A flower that blossoms only for a single night does not seem on that account less lovely,” he wrote.

The chaos of our lives can be difficult to reconcile, and it is hard to find comfort in knowing everything is in a constant state of flux. For some of us, the experience of transience is more apparent. It is a way of being — sometimes chosen, sometimes not — that defines us.

In The Fray is seeking submissions on the theme of transience. This might be a travelogue from a meaningful journey, an essay about migrant workers who see something new with each passing season, contemplations on how changes occur over time, or a humorous story about a short-lived job.

Please email with a well-developed, one-paragraph pitch for your proposed piece — along with three links to your previous work — NO LATER THAN JUNE 30, 2013.

We are open to submissions on any other topics that relate to the magazine’s themes: promoting global understanding and encouraging empathy.

All contributors are urged to review our submissions guidelines at

We look forward to hearing from you.

The Editors of In The Fray Magazine

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