“Shops & Stores” is appearing on the magazine site as of this week, and “The Darkest Night” submissions are in the hopper. Next for your consideration: “Sabbath.” January seemed like a good time to consider what it means to rest from our labor in our respective places. You’ll find information on deadlines and a series of prompts below.
Images, poems, and essays are all welcome, and there’s a link below to our online submissions. Let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for your consideration!
Submission deadline: December 1
Publishing dates: January 2-20
What comes after the hustle and bustle, the push and pull, the work done and undone? What heals us from the violence of our busyness in the midst of it? Our theme for January will invite reflection on the ways and whys of practicing Sabbath, from our households to our faith communities to our ecosystems.
- What kind of Sabbath practices did your household observe when you were growing up? How did those practices shape you? How do your practices compare now?
- Who in your life stands out to you as a Sabbath hero? Why?
- Sabbath has a particular meaning—a day each week set aside for religious observance—but it also has broader meaning than going to church on Sunday or temple on Friday night. How do you experience the broader meaning of Sabbath in your neighborhood and community?
- And what about that specific meaning related to religious observance? Is that important to you, and if so, in what way? Or why not?
- If you’ve ever taken a sabbatical, what was that experience like? Where did you go, and what was your relationship to the place where you live during and after the experience?
- In northern climates, people often decry winter, but the cold season has its merits as a time of rest and reflection and, of course, snuggling. Sing January’s praises for us, would you?
- Sabbath-keeping is a formational practice that turns us into certain kinds of people and communities. Whether you’d consider yourself religious or not, how has the presence or lack of Sabbath-keeping in your life made you who you are?