Calls for Submissions

Call for Submissions: Rebirth

To celebrate a rejuvenation of our own — the launch of our revamped site in December — In The Fray magazine would like to explore stories of rebirth. Send us your tales of people who have started over. Tell us stories of redemption in the face of long odds. We’re looking for pieces that demonstrate the transformative power of a new beginning. Think broadly about the topic and get creative.

December 2009: Coda

Endings are beginnings, just beginnings are endings. As a tree in the forest dies and falls to the ground, it gives birth to a host of new life: fungi, insects, other plants, and, in the long run, the forest itself. The end story can often mark the beginning of another, and the end of one era is the start of the next. In our December issue, InTheFray Magazine would like to focus on endings. Tell us the story of an ending in your life. Take a close look at the endings around you. Share a poem or a short story that reflects on endings, or write a book review that examines the ending of a particular book and how it impacts the rest of the story. Think broadly about endings, and pitch us a story based in your reflections. Contributors interested in pitching relevant news features, poetry/fiction, cultural criticism, commentary pieces, personal essays, visual essays, travel stories, or book reviews should e-mail us at coda-at-inthefray-dot-org. Send us a well-developed, one-paragraph pitch for your proposed piece NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 15, 2009.  First-time contributors are urged to review our submissions guidelines at and review recent pieces published in InTheFray Magazine at

Call for submissions: November 2009: Chorus

And so here were are again, in the fading months of the year. Here in the northern hemisphere, the land is going dormant, the sun rises later and sets earlier each day, and bears are adding a final layer of fat in preparation for the long winter that lies ahead. It is a cycle that repeats, like a chant or a mantra, om mani padme om, into perpetuity. The power of repetition cannot be overstated. A child learns to speak through repetition. It is endless repetition of a strand of DNA, with minor genetic changes, that produced every creature on this planet. Like the chorus of a song, repeating themes echo through much of our lives on earth. Repetition is routine, and routine can be comfort. In our November issue, InTheFray magazine would like to explore some of the repetition that can be found all around us, and what happens when we break those repeating patterns. Think broadly about the idea, examine it from all angles, and pitch us a story. Contributors interested in pitching relevant news features, poetry/fiction, cultural criticism, commentary pieces, personal essays, visual essays, travel stories, or book reviews should e-mail us at chorus-at-inthefray-dot-org. Send us a […]

September 2009: Prelude

We all must start somewhere. Every journey starts with a single step, every story starts with a single word, every song starts with a single sound, and every living being starts with a single zygote. As we build and grow and spread, it is easy to forget that once, humanity wandered out of Africa, a single step at a time, each generation both building on their ancestors and starting anew, alighting into new frontiers, chasing new dreams beyond the horizon and into the future. So tell us. Where did you begin? Where did your forebears begin? Where did anything begin? From whence did we come and to where are we rushing? In the September issue of InTheFray Magazine, we would like to tell the stories of the beginnings of things, be they art, science, history, language, or whatever else you can think of. Something further to think about: Our September issue aims to explore the beginnings of things, and in October, November and December we’d like to work through the middles of stories and finish with the ends of things as 2009 comes to a close. If you have a longer selection or story idea that might be suited for […]

June 2009: Bailout

June 2009: Bailout Here in the U.S., it seems like everybody is getting a bailout these days. Bankers, car manufacturers, insurance companies, homeowners, and others are coming to the government, hat in hand, asking for a bit of spare change. Irate taxpayers are protesting in the streets against further bailouts. Enterprising entrepreneurs are figuring out how to get in on the cash outlay, one way or another, and getting rich in the process. But just who exactly is bailing out whom here? And to what end?  Of course, across the globe, bailouts aren’t the norm. There is no government in Somalia to bailout its people, who have suffered under anarchy and tyranny for 20 years. There are no bailouts in Thailand, where protesters rage against the government. There is no bailout in Europe, where governments are already stressed by excessive debt. And of course, there are many in the U.S. who won’t receive any bailout, people living on the streets, people who have exhausted the welfare payments offered to them. In our June issue, InTheFray Magazine would like to tell some of the personal stories of bailouts. We’d like to hear how a bailout — or the absence of one — has […]

May 2009: Mothers and Fathers

May 2009: Mothers and Fathers Alarge majority of an individual’s brain development occurs betweenbirth and age 5. The most direct and constant influence during theseyears are mothers and fathers, or those that serve in such a role.Children unable to form strong attachment with their parents duringthis time frequently have difficulty forming solid, long-termrelationships throughout the rest of their lives. Caring, nurturingmothers and fathers are critical in ensuring proper early childhooddevelopment, and encouraging continuing growth throughout childhood,adolescence, and into adulthood. In our May issue, InTheFray Magazine wouldlike to explore mothers and fathers. Think about your own parents andthe role they’ve played in your life. Think about your role as a motheror father and how you contribute to your own child’s well-being. We’dalso like you to explore the more metaphorical applications of theterms. People often refer to their country, their planet, or their Godas a mother or a father. What do we mean when we say this? We encourageyou to explore this concept thoroughly, in all of its differentmeanings. Contributors interested inpitching relevant news features, poetry/fiction, cultural criticism,commentary pieces, personal essays, visual essays, travel stories, orbook reviews should e-mail us at mothersandfathers-at-inthefray-dot-org.Send us a well-developed, one-paragraph pitch for your proposed piece NO LATER THAN APRIL 13, […]