Issue 5: Passing

In this issue, we will explore notions of passing. Passing—as, off, by, through, on, up, out, away. One thing as passing as another, an area of contention throughout history, continues to be relevant to our passing moment. Issues of passing surrounding race, nationality, gender, and sexuality come into stark focus with the passing of prejudicial laws and forceful prevention of passing through borders. “Passing” carries multitudes of meanings and contexts. What does passing mean to you?


Exploration Examples:

How often do individuals have to "pass" to feign a social construct for their survival? Some benefit from it, others don’t have an option. From sexuality, gender, ethnicity to religion—What does it mean to and for someone to "pass"? 

We pass up opportunities for connection, for deep happiness, in favor of remaining at a passing-glance, surface-level existence; in favor of passing. Passing can be not just an act of safety but an embodied loss. How do we decide when or whether to let ourselves pass? When is it necessity? When is it cowardice? When is not passing worth it?

How do beliefs pass through generations? Consider what we pass down—genetics, behaviors, ideology. How much can be found in our genes? What of stories?

The optic nerve passes information from the eye to the brain. Sensory mechanisms are only one of many kinds of passing to be found in living bodies. Osmosis, digestion, respiration, death, disease—explore the body as a site of passing.

The passing of time. The slippage of ephemera into histories both personal and global. What is time? What is history? Is the passing of time an illusion? What impact does it have on the psyche? Does perception of time as linear and fleeting create more anxiety-driven, fast-paced lives? How do we physically sense and/or mentally perceive time? 

That ever-present euphemism, “passing away”—the transition from life into death is arguably the most important passage we’ll ever take. What is there to explore in that liminality? 


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Open to graduate students and professionals
Interdisciplinary submissions by multiple authors in multiple fields more than welcome.
 

  • We adhere to a practice of blind reading in order to respect all voices. To this end, if the name appears on the work itself, it will not be read.
  • Academic Papers: 5,000 words maximum (anything longer, send query)
  • First page of the submission should be an abstract with no author identifying information
  • Cite sources and use formatting as standard to field or discipline
  • Academic work will be double-blind peer-reviewed
  • Cover statement with brief bio required
  • Title must be on each page of the work; pages numbered
  • Include the discipline(s) in the title of the submission
  • Work must not have been previously published
  • Send written work as Word or PDF document
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please inform us if your work is accepted elsewhere
  • We retain first North American publication rights. After publication, all rights return to the author.     
    • If your work is published elsewhere after it appears here, we ask that you credit Anastamos as the place where it was first published.

     

     

  • We retain the right to choose the thumbnail and header image for the piece on the website.
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Open to graduate students and professionals
Interdisciplinary submissions by multiple authors in multiple fields more than welcome.
 

  • We adhere to a practice of blind reading in order to respect all voices. To this end, if the name appears on the work itself, it will not be read.
  • Creative Nonfiction: 5,000 words maximum (anything longer, send query)
     
  • Cover statement with brief bio required
  • Title must be on each page of the work; pages numbered
  • Include the discipline(s) in the title of the submission
  • Work must not have been previously published
  • Send written work as Word or PDF document
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please inform us if your work is accepted elsewhere
  • We retain first North American publication rights. After publication, all rights return to the author.     
    • If your work is published elsewhere after it appears here, we ask that you credit Anastamos as the place where it was first published.

     

     

  • We retain the right to choose the thumbnail and header image for the piece on the website.
  • Please submit only once for each issue.
  • If your work is accepted for publication, please wait a year before submitting again.
  • By submitting to this publication, you agree to have your email added to our Newsletter. You are welcome to unsubscribe at anytime. 


Open to graduate students and professionals

Interdisciplinary submissions by multiple authors in multiple fields more than welcome.

  • Fiction: 5,000 words maximum (anything longer, send query)
  • Cover statement with brief bio required
  • Title must be on each page of the work; pages numbered
  • Include the discipline(s) in the title of the submission
  • Name should not appear on the work itself
  • Work must not have been previously published
  • Send written work as Word or PDF document
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please inform us if your work is accepted elsewhere
  • We retain first North American publication rights. After publication, all rights return to the author.
    • If your work is published elsewhere after it appears here, we ask that you credit Anastamos as the place where it was first published.


  • We retain the right to choose the thumbnail and header image for the piece on the website.
  • Please submit only once for each issue.
  • If your work is accepted for publication, please wait a year before submitting again.
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Open to graduate students and professionals

Interdisciplinary submissions by multiple authors in multiple fields more than welcome.

  • Poetry: 5 poems maximum of any length
  • Cover statement with brief bio required
  • Title must be on each page of the work; pages numbered
  • Include the discipline(s) in the title of the submission
  • Name should not appear on the work itself
  • Work must not have been previously published
  • Send written work as Word or PDF document
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please inform us if your work is accepted elsewhere
  • We retain first North American publication rights. After publication, all rights return to the author.
    • If your work is published elsewhere after it appears here, we ask that you credit Anastamos as the place where it was first published.


  • We retain the right to choose the thumbnail and header image for the piece on the website.
  • Please submit only once for each issue.
  • If your work is accepted for publication, please wait a year before submitting again.
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Interdisciplinary submissions by multiple authors in multiple fields more than welcome.

  • Video: 30 minute maximum for video content (anything longer, send query)
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  • Visual Art: 5 pieces of visual art maximum
  • Cover statement with brief bio required
  • Title must be on each page of the work; pages numbered
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  • Work must not have been previously published
  • Send written work as Word or PDF document
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please inform us if your work is accepted elsewhere
  • We retain first North American publication rights. After publication, all rights return to the author.
    • If your work is published elsewhere after it appears here, we ask that you credit Anastamos as the place where it was first published.


  • We retain the right to choose the thumbnail and header image for the piece on the website.
  • Please submit only once for each issue.
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