Other Worlds

The Haar is on the horizon again! After a successful launch last month The Purple Hermit’s creative arts e-zine will be back in June and is now seeking contributions from writers, artists, photographers, cartoonists and anyone with something different to say on the theme of ‘Other Worlds’.

Other Worlds, real or imaginary have fascinated many writers and artists including Shakespeare, William Blake and H.G.Wells. Dreams or nightmares, utopias, dystopias, parallel universes, Other Worlds offer the possibility of escape from our mundane reality. But we don’t need a time machine or space ship to find Other Worlds. They exist right here amongst us, in the mysteries at the bottom of the ocean, in the chaos of a forgotten garden shed or attic, in the alien environments of deserts and peat bogs or just behind the lace curtains of the house next door. Other Worlds also exist in the privacy of our own minds, within the sanctuary of books and films.

Photograph by Magenta Kent

Please get in touch via the Contact Page above for details of where to send your submissions.
Poems, short stories, non-fiction must be sent in a single Word document, images as a jpg. Poems must be no longer than 40 lines, short stories and non-fiction no longer than 2,000 words. Please send no more than a total of 3 poems and/or short stories and no more than 2 pieces of visual art. There are a limited number of slots. I want to keep this community arts feature as a small, friendly space so sadly not all work will be selected.

Everyone is welcome as long as the work is original. All contributions will be clearly credited to the author who retains copyright.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS MIDNIGHT 7th JUNE, 2021.

Get writing and clicking, the clock is ticking…

I very much look forward to reading your work on Other Worlds!

Best wishes from
Nikita Shackleton
😊

And finally as an inspirational PS here’s a film clip from Lars Von Trier’s stunning film Melancholia:-

The Haar is Coming…

Even on the sunniest Scottish day, the Haar can come in out of nowhere. For those who don’t know: Haar is a special type of fog that rolls in from the sea transforming the world into a mysterious dream. Everyday objects like the washing line or a garden chair take on alien forms and the other side of the road might as well be the planet Neptune.

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But right here on The Purple Hermit The Haar is the name for my new bimonthly magazine slot. I’m inviting other writers, poets, artists, photographers, cartoonists or anyone with something different to say to send in contributions on a theme. This is a community feature and everyone is welcome so long as the work is original. All work will be clearly credited to the author who retains copyright. Please use the contact form to get in touch if you want to submit a piece. There are a limited number of slots. I want to keep this feature small scale so sadly not all work will be selected.

The word limit for short stories is 2,000. Poems must be no longer than 40 lines.

The theme for April’s The Haar is ‘Behind the Mask

The deadline to send in your contribution is 31st March.

I’m looking for the broadest interpretation of the theme, not just Pandemic related. Who are we when we remove our masks? What lies behind the personas we create to survive in society. We are all different people in the privacy of our own homes and we behave differently according to where we are. We all try to fit in one way or another. I’d like to see and hear what happens when we let our hair down and truly open up…our loves, fears, jealousy, anger, hopes, worries, mistakes…

Looking forward to receiving your contributions.

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