“Paper” is the Theme for Issue 15


We’re pleased to announce that for Issue 15, we’re seeking works related to paper. We will interpret the theme broadly and encourage your imagination, wandering, and unpredictability.

Submissions are open until Sunday night, 22 March at 11:59 pm US Central time. Please submit ONE document with no more than 3 pieces to www.panoplyzine.submittable.com/submit. We do not accept previously published work, and we ask that you remove any identifying information from the submission. We read submitter-anonymous. Submittable provides a space for your third-person bio (no more than 60 words, please) and any cover letter. For prose, limit your word count to 500 or less. (We have outright declined many prose submissions that do not comply with the word-count criterion.) We have posted a full list of submissions criteria on the Submittable page. 

According to Wikipedia, “The pulp papermaking process developed in China during the early 2nd century CE, possibly as early as the year 105 CE, by the Han court eunuch Cai Lun, although the earliest archaeological fragments of paper derive from the 2nd century BCE in China…n the 13th century, the knowledge and uses of paper spread from China through the Middle East to medieval Europe, where the first water powered paper mills were built.] Because paper was introduced to the West through the city of Baghdad, it was first called bagdatikos. In the 19th century, industrialization greatly reduced the cost of manufacturing paper. In 1844, the Canadian inventor Charles Fenerty and the German F. G. Keller independently developed processes for pulping wood fibres.” (The editor remembers a class on Hawthorne, which included a short story of his, detailing the spread of processing as a metaphor for the industrialization of the US. He also notes that the inventor is cited by many as one of the 10 most influential people in history.)

More from wiki: “Before the industrialisation of paper production the most common fibre source was recycled fibres from used textiles, called rags. The rags were from hemp, linen and cotton.A process for removing printing inks from recycled paperwas invented by German jurist Justus Claproth in 1774.Today this method is called deinking. It was not until the introduction of wood pulp in 1843 that paper production was not dependent on recycled materials from ragpickers.”

So then, we exhort you to applying your perspective and creativity to this noble invention. Sadly, we do not accept hard copy, paper submissions! Still, we imagine many of you continue to draft and even edit using paper.

Thanks for thinking of Panoply.

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