Beatdom (est. 2007), a literary journal devoted to the study of the Beat Generation, is seeking essays for a themed issue on politics. Editor David S. Wills wants writers to explore the Beats as political or apolitical in intriguing and creative ways.
Each print issue publishes one to two stories, plus several poems. A typical issue runs approx. 140 pages.
Word length: 2K-5K words per essay.
Deadline: March 1, 2017. Read current writer’s guidelines at Beatdom’s website.
(The Beat Generation was a group of authors whose literature examined and impacted American culture in the post-World War II era. Most of their literature was published and disseminated throughout the 1950s. Core components of Beat culture are: exclusion of basic narrative values, the spiritual journey, research of American and Eastern religions, repudiation of materialism, unreserved representations of the human condition, experimentation with hallucinogens, and free love and exploration. Allen Ginsberg’s Howl (1956), William S. Burroughs’s Naked Lunch (1959) and Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (1957) popularized Beat literature.)