Call for Submissions: Sins & Needles: Writers and Tattoos
Tattoos have been in existence for centuries, from the indigenous people
of Japan to tribal people of Polynesia, Philippines, and Borneo. They
are markers of time, rites of passage, symbols, remembrances, and
sometimes, stupid decisions made on a drunken nights. They are
everywhere—under the white sleeve of a co-worker, sneakily peaking out
of a shirt collar, up and down muscled legs and arms of athletes. There
has been proliferation of reality shows centered set in tattoo parlors.
What once was a subculture has now emerged as mainstream.
Yet, in the literary landscape, there has been a conspicuous absence of
writing about tattoos. The editors of the tentatively titled anthology,
Sins & Needles—Ira Sukrungruang and Jim Miller—are looking for
personal nonfiction narratives about the meaning behind the tattoo.
Please send 500-3000 word essays in a PDF or Word document file via our submission manager.
The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2012. If you have any
questions about the anthology, please don’t hesitate to contact, editors(at)sweetlit.com (replace (at) with @).