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Flash Fiction Anthology— Genre: Urban Arts in partnership with Still Waters Collectives

A group of residents gathered to talk about social issues affecting their lives and their communities. This was part of an experimental social conversations project and pop-up survey called Soapbox, organized by Still Waters Collective. From these discussions, Genre: Urban Arts is partnering with Still Waters Collective to invite all writers to submit flash fiction for an upcoming anthology.
Starting from October 1, 2018, we will share one anonymous response/comment on a social issue daily, and writers are invited to submit flash fiction pieces based on the social issue addressed in the comment. The comments we will use to inspire flash fiction stories will cover issues such as Intersectionality, Incarceration, Generations/Generational Gap, Privilege, Mental Health, and Gender.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
 
  • Read each comment and submit your flash fiction story based on the social issue addressed in the comment. You can choose from a list of 20 different comments and six social issues posted daily. So, remember to check Genre: Urban Arts every day to see our social issue comment post for the day.
  • Your flash fiction story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end.
  • It should include conflict or an incident which creates some conflict for your character(s).
  • The ending of your story should show readers that the incident or conflict, which happened to your character(s), affected or changed your character(s) world or worldview.
  • We are accepting original unpublished work for this flash fiction anthology.
  • Word count is 1000 or less.
  • All flash fiction submissions should be in Microsoft Word doc. or .docx formats.
  • Submission Deadline: November 20, 2018.
  • Submit your story to us on Submittable.
Flash Fiction

 

Project Editors Mercy Ananeh-Frempong and Ralvell Rogers II.

 

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No. 5 GUA Print

Cop a copy of Genre: Urban Arts No. 5 Print that will begin being shipped out on September 24th. We have a host of contemporary visual art and writing that needs to be in your hands. Our cover artist for No. 5 is Nadine Mbaka. Read more about her in an article written by Vianca Fuster.

We are a small print magazine. Copies are limited. Purchase your copy now!

 

Genre: Urban Arts No. 5 Print


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Eternally absent.

Eternally absent.

Who are you?
That’s the wrong question.
Who am I?
The one who threw
the rock in the pond.
What do you want from me?
The stone is thrown
I am light
and I’m leaving behind
your questions.

 

Eternamente assente.

Chi sei tu?
E’ la domanda sbagliata.
Chi sono io?
Quella che ha gettato
il sasso nello stagno.
Cosa vuoi da me?
Il sasso è gettato
sono leggera
e mi lascio alle spalle
le tue domande.

©StefaniaMorgante

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On teaching pale women how to color their walls…

***Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

Oh.  How many times I’ve heard, “I wish we could take you home with us” while swaddling a newborn, positioning a lactating breast, counting pushes, and smelling the scent of new life.  By the way…it is an earthy smell; a muted sweet scent of all outdoors (quite interesting when you think about it).  Oh.  How many times I’ve thought, “I am my own home.  I’ve always had to make a home in me.  You should learn to do the same.  And have the courage to inhabit it. Without.  Help.”

Besides, the man of my choosing is coming to paint my kitchen a vibrant shade of green in the morning and I wouldn’t dare miss him (and I’ve been considering a mauve for the bedroom – whatcha think?).  Furthermore, I only lie my head down under roofs that motion to all the places where the guns are hidden.

We’ll talk later.  The lesson must continue at some other time.  I can smell that the Cornish-hen is ready.  I can feel the clock approaching quitting time.  And I can hear my own baby start to stir in her crib.  I left her walls nude. Perhaps her first word will be blue.  Again, I will call the man of my choosing and he will oblige to pigment yet another one of my walls with the color of oceans.

I have so much to do.  In my own home.  Perhaps I should thank you for reminding me?

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Check out Author Astrid Ferg TODAY

Astrid Ferguson is the momma of the book Molt and The Serpent’s Rattle. An emerging poet, blogger, part-time writer, mother of two boys, wife to an emerging Philly artist, novice photographer, major foodie, professional dancer (in her mind), and a lover of all things creative. Astrid is an Afro-Latina (Haitian and Dominican descent) born in the Dominican Republic. She migrated to the United States at the early age of one. A passion for poetry developed after Astrid dealt with childhood hardships and abuse. She has been involved in several spoken word events and has been published in several literary magazines such as Genre Urban Arts, Harness Magazine, Visual Verse, and Literary Orphans to name a few.

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Atlantic Theater Company presents FIREFLIES by Donja R. Love

Now Until Sunday, November 11th!

Atlantic Theater

Linda Gross Theater, 336 West 20th Street

Runtime: Approximately 90 minutes without an intermission

The New York Times calls Fireflies “rich and fascinating,” with “exhilarating” performances!

Don’t miss your chance to see this fierce, imaginative love story by Donja R. Love, directed by Saheem Ali, now through November 11th only at the Atlantic Theater in NYC.

Use special code WICG25 for $25 tickets after you clicking the button below:

 

Fireflies

 

 

“UNEARTHING THE ROLE OF GAY BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICAN HISTORY IS A CRUCIAL PROPOSITION. I WAS MOVED BY MR. LOVE’S WILLINGNESS TO IMAGINE OTHER KINDS OF LIVES THAN THE ONES THAT HISTORY BOOKS OFFER! EMBODIED BY THE FINE PERFORMERS HERE, THOSE LIVES REALLY DO SEEM ALIVE. KHRIS DAVIS IS EXHILARATING & HEARTBREAKING. THE LANGUAGE IS RICH & FASCINATING.”
— Jesse Green, The New York Times

“DEWANDA WISE GIVES AN ELECTRICALLY CHARGED PERFORMANCE. HER BODY CONTAINS A WHOLE HISTORY OF LIFE BEFORE WALLS, BEFORE CAGES, BEFORE DEPENDENCE. THIS IS LANGUAGE AS LUSH CATHARSIS, LANGUAGE AS EMPOWERMENT. IT FEELS LIKE GOING TO CHURCH.

— Sara Holdren, New York Magazine

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Tell us a story in 1000 words or less. Use today’s social issue comment as inspiration.

Be part of our upcoming flash fiction anthology! Use today’s social issue comment as inspiration for your flash fiction story.

Social Issue of the Day: GENERATIONS/GENERATIONAL GAP

“The world is still new to us. So much to discover, and we’re going to make mistakes. Older people need to patient. We’re not going to figure out the whole world as fast as you think. ”

Background information for this project

A group of residents gathered to discuss social issues affecting their lives and their communities. This was part of an experimental social conversations project and pop-up survey called Soapbox, organized by Still Waters Collective. From these discussions, Genre Urban Arts is partnering with Still Waters Collective to invite all writers to submit flash fiction for an upcoming anthology.

Starting from 1st October 2018, we will share one anonymous response/comment on a social issue daily. We invite writers to submit flash fiction pieces based on the social issue addressed in the comment. The comments we will use to inspire flash fiction stories will cover issues such as Intersectionality, Incarceration, Generations/ Generational gap, Privilege, Mental Health, Sexuality, and Gender.

Twenty different comments will be shared throughout October and November 2018. So, remember to follow Genre: Urban Arts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to see our social issue comment post for the day.

To participate, read the SUBMISSION GUIDELINES and tap the Flash Fiction Button to send us your story.

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Submit your flash fiction story based on today’s social issue comment

Be part of our upcoming flash fiction anthology! Tell us a story in 1000 words or less. Use today’s social issue comment as inspiration.

Social Issue of the Day: PRIVILEGE

Comment of the Day:

“The thing about able-bodied actors playing disabled roles is a fine line. On one hand, finding someone who can be authentic is important, so the story isn’t being objectified. On the other hand, it’s called acting.”

Background information for this project

A group of residents gathered to discuss social issues affecting their lives and their communities. This was part of an experimental social conversations project and pop-up survey called Soapbox, organized by Still Waters Collective. From these discussions, Genre Urban Arts is partnering with Still Waters Collective to invite all writers to submit flash fiction for an upcoming anthology.

Starting from 1st October 2018, we will share one anonymous response/comment on a social issue daily. We invite writers to submit flash fiction pieces based on the social issue addressed in the comment. The comments we will use to inspire flash fiction stories will cover issues such as Intersectionality, Incarceration, Generations/ Generational gap, Privilege, Mental Health, Sexuality, and Gender.

Twenty different comments will be shared throughout October and November 2018. So, remember to follow Genre: Urban Arts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to see our social issue comment post for the day.

To participate, read the SUBMISSION GUIDELINES and tap the Flash Fiction Button to send us your story.

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Tell us a story in 1000 words or less. Use today’s social issue comment as inspiration.

Be part of our upcoming flash fiction anthology! Use today’s social issue comment as inspiration for your flash fiction story.

Social Issue of the Day: SEXUALITY

Comment of the Day:

“A lot of pedophiles are straight. ”

Background information for this project

A group of residents gathered to discuss social issues affecting their lives and their communities. This was part of an experimental social conversations project and pop-up survey called Soapbox, organized by Still Waters Collective. From these discussions, Genre Urban Arts is partnering with Still Waters Collective to invite all writers to submit flash fiction for an upcoming anthology.

Starting from 1st October 2018, we will share one anonymous response/comment on a social issue daily. We invite writers to submit flash fiction pieces based on the social issue addressed in the comment. The comments we will use to inspire flash fiction stories will cover issues such as Intersectionality, Incarceration, Generations/ Generational gap, Privilege, Mental Health, Sexuality, and Gender.

Twenty different comments will be shared throughout October and November 2018. So, remember to follow Genre: Urban Arts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to see our social issue comment post for the day.

To participate, read the SUBMISSION GUIDELINES and tap the Flash Fiction Button to send us your story.

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Submit your flash fiction story based on today’s social issue comment

Be part of our upcoming flash fiction anthology! Tell us a story in 1000 words or less. Use today’s social issue comment as inspiration.

Social Issue of the Day: INTERSECTIONALITY

Comment of the Day:

“Just because I smoke weed doesn’t mean I can’t vote, that I can’t be a part of my community. Just because I drink or twerk, doesn’t mean I don’t love or respect myself as a Black woman. Accepting people’s intersectionality – oh, she goes to church, but she drinks. She’s a person, and she’s a human too.”

Background information for this project

A group of residents gathered to discuss social issues affecting their lives and their communities. This was part of an experimental social conversations project and pop-up survey called Soapbox, organized by Still Waters Collective. From these discussions, Genre Urban Arts is partnering with Still Waters Collective to invite all writers to submit flash fiction for an upcoming anthology.

Starting from 1st October 2018, we will share one anonymous response/comment on a social issue daily. We invite writers to submit flash fiction pieces based on the social issue addressed in the comment. The comments we will use to inspire flash fiction stories will cover issues such as Intersectionality, Incarceration, Generations/ Generational gap, Privilege, Mental Health, Sexuality, and Gender.

Twenty different comments will be shared throughout October and November 2018. So, remember to follow Genre: Urban Arts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to see our social issue comment post for the day.

To participate, read the SUBMISSION GUIDELINES and tap the Flash Fiction Button to send us your story.

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Tell us a story in 1000 words or less. Use today’s social issue comment as inspiration.

Be part of our upcoming flash fiction anthology! Use today’s social issue comment as inspiration for your flash fiction story.

Social Issue of the Day: GENERATIONS/GENERATIONAL GAP

Comment of the Day:

“If you just go back to the Civil War and why it was fought, they didn’t necessarily despise slavery. They were moving toward the Industrial Revolution and it actually would cost them more to rely on slave labor. So what do you do? You abolish slavery.”

Background information for this project

A group of residents gathered to discuss social issues affecting their lives and their communities. This was part of an experimental social conversations project and pop-up survey called Soapbox, organized by Still Waters Collective. From these discussions, Genre Urban Arts is partnering with Still Waters Collective to invite all writers to submit flash fiction for an upcoming anthology.

Starting from 1st October 2018, we will share one anonymous response/comment on a social issue daily. We invite writers to submit flash fiction pieces based on the social issue addressed in the comment. The comments we will use to inspire flash fiction stories will cover issues such as Intersectionality, Incarceration, Generations/ Generational gap, Privilege, Mental Health, Sexuality, and Gender.

Twenty different comments will be shared throughout October and November 2018. So, remember to follow Genre: Urban Arts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to see our social issue comment post for the day.

To participate, read the SUBMISSION GUIDELINES and tap the Flash Fiction Button to send us your story.

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Submit your flash fiction story based on today’s social issue comment

Be part of our upcoming flash fiction anthology! Tell us a story in 1000 words or less. Use today’s social issue comment as inspiration.

Social Issue of the Day: GENDER

Comment of the Day:

“A lot of guys will write off  “rape culture” altogether, because they say to themselves, “I don’t do that. My friends don’t do that.””

Background information for this project

A group of residents gathered to discuss social issues affecting their lives and their communities. This was part of an experimental social conversations project and pop-up survey called Soapbox, organized by Still Waters Collective. From these discussions, Genre Urban Arts is partnering with Still Waters Collective to invite all writers to submit flash fiction for an upcoming anthology.

Starting from 1st October 2018, we will share one anonymous response/comment on a social issue daily. We invite writers to submit flash fiction pieces based on the social issue addressed in the comment. The comments we will use to inspire flash fiction stories will cover issues such as Intersectionality, Incarceration, Generations/ Generational gap, Privilege, Mental Health, Sexuality, and Gender.

Twenty different comments will be shared throughout October and November 2018. So, remember to follow Genre: Urban Arts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to see our social issue comment post for the day.

To participate, read the SUBMISSION GUIDELINES and tap the Flash Fiction Button to send us your story.

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Finding Forever

a segmented memoir by Nakeysha D Roberts Washington

 

Baby, you understand me now
If sometimes you see that I’m mad
No one can always be an angel
When everything goes wrong you see some bad
Well I’m just a soul whose intentions are good
Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood 

I met George by my grandma house when I was in seventh grade. He lived in the Parklawn, projects around the corner. He was a deep, dark brown. His eyes and his hair were the blackest black. He was just few inches taller than me. We quickly became very good friends. He was funny and sincere and I could depend on him.

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Tell us a story in 1000 words or less. Use today’s social issue comment as inspiration.

Be part of our upcoming flash fiction anthology! Use today’s social issue comment as inspiration for your flash fiction story.

Social Issue of the Day: GENERATIONS/GENERATIONAL GAP

Comment of the Day:

“Examining our history isn’t belaboring pain. True, there’s not much benefit in shaming people, but there’s a lot of our history that can’t be forgiven. We have to at least begin there.”

Background information for this project

A group of residents gathered to discuss social issues affecting their lives and their communities. This was part of an experimental social conversations project and pop-up survey called Soapbox, organized by Still Waters Collective. From these discussions, Genre Urban Arts is partnering with Still Waters Collective to invite all writers to submit flash fiction for an upcoming anthology.

Starting from 1st October 2018, we will share one anonymous response/comment on a social issue daily. We invite writers to submit flash fiction pieces based on the social issue addressed in the comment. The comments we will use to inspire flash fiction stories will cover issues such as Intersectionality, Incarceration, Generations/ Generational gap, Privilege, Mental Health, Sexuality, and Gender.

Twenty different comments will be shared throughout October and November 2018. So, remember to follow Genre: Urban Arts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to see our social issue comment post for the day.

To participate, read the SUBMISSION GUIDELINES and tap the Flash Fiction Button to send us your story.

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Submit your flash fiction story based on today’s social issue comment

Be part of our upcoming flash fiction anthology! Tell us a story in 1000 words or less. Use today’s social issue comment as inspiration.

Social Issue of the Day: GENERATIONS/GENERATIONAL GAP

Comment of the Day:

“This is not about race. This race is about power.”

Background information for this project

A group of residents gathered to discuss social issues affecting their lives and their communities. This was part of an experimental social conversations project and pop-up survey called Soapbox, organized by Still Waters Collective. From these discussions, Genre Urban Arts is partnering with Still Waters Collective to invite all writers to submit flash fiction for an upcoming anthology.

Starting from 1st October 2018, we will share one anonymous response/comment on a social issue daily. We invite writers to submit flash fiction pieces based on the social issue addressed in the comment. The comments we will use to inspire flash fiction stories will cover issues such as Intersectionality, Incarceration, Generations/ Generational gap, Privilege, Mental Health, Sexuality, and Gender.

Twenty different comments will be shared throughout October and November 2018. So, remember to follow Genre: Urban Arts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to see our social issue comment post for the day.

To participate, read the SUBMISSION GUIDELINES and tap the Flash Fiction Button to send us your story.

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Tell us a story in 1000 words or less. Use today’s social issue comment as inspiration.

Be part of our upcoming flash fiction anthology! Use today’s social issue comment as inspiration for your flash fiction story.

Social Issue of the Day: GENERATIONS/GENERATIONAL GAP

Comment of the Day:

“I heard the phrase “economic dignity” this morning, and it’s stayed in my head all day. Adding the idea of dignity changes the idea of economics, which could make so much difference.”

Background information for this project

A group of residents gathered to discuss social issues affecting their lives and their communities. This was part of an experimental social conversations project and pop-up survey called Soapbox, organized by Still Waters Collective. From these discussions, Genre Urban Arts is partnering with Still Waters Collective to invite all writers to submit flash fiction for an upcoming anthology.

Starting from 1st October 2018, we will share one anonymous response/comment on a social issue daily. We invite writers to submit flash fiction pieces based on the social issue addressed in the comment. The comments we will use to inspire flash fiction stories will cover issues such as Intersectionality, Incarceration, Generations/ Generational gap, Privilege, Mental Health, Sexuality, and Gender.

Twenty different comments will be shared throughout October and November 2018. So, remember to follow Genre: Urban Arts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to see our social issue comment post for the day.

To participate, read the SUBMISSION GUIDELINES and tap the Flash Fiction Button to send us your story.

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Kissed by Growth’s Pain

a poem by Shaunteri Skinner

she fell into the burns of her past as they lay thick & thin

on her brain,

the emptiness was so full,

it was so well-rounded & welcoming.

kissed by growth’s pain in too many ways to describe how she

could bear to breathe,

ignoring the calms of eves or news of life’s chances in whatever direction.

she felt as if her waking was

misbehavior until she woke out of that dream of killers that she kept  repeating At night,

those who laughed right next to her with blood all over their hands

causing blood to be her brain ever so often.

until all of the flesh fell back onto her

bones,

the rest of her left the world, never want-

ing to have gone,

but never wanting to come back either.

being trapped in her

life & the life that history

made for her caused all of

the pain that she would

ever need to grow,

to be Black, woman &

beautiful was the best that she

ever had to be,

But proving it to those

who mattered most

Seemed like new & old crushed dreams.

published in Genre: Urban Arts First Edition

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Submit your flash fiction story based on today’s social issue comment

Be part of our upcoming flash fiction anthology! Tell us a story in 1000 words or less. Use today’s social issue comment as inspiration.

Social Issue of the Day: GENDER

Comment of the Day:

“He was murdered by his girlfriend, but we don’t call him a victim of domestic violence. Had he ever considered seeking help –not that we encourage men to do that– where could he have gone?”

Background information for this project

A group of residents gathered to discuss social issues affecting their lives and their communities. This was part of an experimental social conversations project and pop-up survey called Soapbox, organized by Still Waters Collective. From these discussions, Genre Urban Arts is partnering with Still Waters Collective to invite all writers to submit flash fiction for an upcoming anthology.

Starting from 1st October 2018, we will share one anonymous response/comment on a social issue daily. We invite writers to submit flash fiction pieces based on the social issue addressed in the comment. The comments we will use to inspire flash fiction stories will cover issues such as Intersectionality, Incarceration, Generations/ Generational gap, Privilege, Mental Health, Sexuality, and Gender.

Twenty different comments will be shared throughout October and November 2018. So, remember to follow Genre: Urban Arts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to see our social issue comment post for the day.

To participate, read the SUBMISSION GUIDELINES and tap the Flash Fiction Button to send us your story.