Eye to the Telescope: Fungi
This is a speculative poetry magazine. For the Fungi theme,
Mushrooms, molds, and other fungi are organisms that live all around us, yet for the longest time they have eluded classification. They can offer sustenance and ensure survival, or cause a slow, poisoned death. Their mycelium and spores spread–subterranean, airborne–beyond our perception. Within forest ecosystems, fungi are decomposers: feeding on dead matter, returning the nutrients to the soil in a perpetual cycle of destruction and rebirth.
Particularly interested in cli-fi, body horror, and fabulism from marginalized voices. Make the reader feel the sublime ache of metamorphosis, the transcendental comfort of belonging in a colony. Send poems about prehistoric Prototaxites populating the earth; mycologists using parasitic cordyceps to reanimate the dead; Amanita princesses, priests, and witches; the Fungal Folk evolving to survive in space, a starship built out of their own filaments and tendrils.”
Translations also accepted.
Deadline: 15 March 2023
Length: Up to 3 poems
Pay: $0.04/word (up to $25)