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- Editorial Team
- Submit your work for the Water issue
- Submit your work for the Failure issue
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About the Water issue
It’s what the human body is mostly made of
It’s what makes Earth unique
It’s what the barren surface of Mars once had, but has since lost
We play in it
It quenches our thirst
We anoint the sick with it
Along with Climate Change, Plastics, Nuclear Proliferation, and Surveillance Capitalism, water, or the lack of clean water, threatens to cause unimaginable world suffering here in the 21st century
In our world, you can find it as a liquid
or a gas
or a solid
it changes state easily
the hard ice cube that takes so much force for my teeth to crush, or would hurt if I threw it at you, will be an innocent puddle within the hour
Can you imagine a world without clouds?
For our upcoming Water issue, the editorial team at Diptych invites you to consider Water and it’s role in our lives here on earth.
Write some fiction.
Or a poem.
Freeze your anime figurines in blocks of ice and photograph them melting.
Or make a painting of clouds.
Make a video of people surfing in the ocean.
Record the sounds of water dripping in a subterranean cavern.
Choreograph a dance in or about water.
Diptych seeks your creativity.
About the Failure issue
Sometimes failure teaches
Sometimes failure is painful
Sometimes failure is ridiculous
Sometimes failure is devastating
We live in a media culture in pursuit of the illusion of success.
We live in a world where six “perfect” Victoria’s Secret models, photoshopped to impossibility, define an unattainable body image as a goal for countless women
We live in a world where we carefully curate our foodstagrams in the hope that they will invoke more FOMO in our friends than we invoke in ourselves
We live in a world that worships at the altar of success. We worship people who make money because money is the easiest, if false, metric of success. We live in a world where even if it turns out that someone, the president of the United States say, lost more money than any other American in the past decade, we worship them anyway, for having successfully projected the illusion of making money
We want it all: the perfect body, toned to perfection at the gym; the perfect career, filled with satisfaction, power, and profit; the perfect marriage, to a partner almost as successful as we are; and perfect children, who love their successful parents who always have time for them
We love the illusion of success
we can smell it
like freshly printed money
failure smells like death
Yet success is not the way of living things.
The simple act of opening an envelope slices our finger half the time
Nothing packaged in a sealed plastic view-tainer can ever be opened, ever
we can’t even open a mylar or plastic bag of chips
From the failure to open a bag of chips to the failure of our marriage, we are surrounded by failure even as the media that we both consume and create manufactures the illusion of success
The Editorial Team at Diptych invites you to submit work considering failure.
The humor of failure
The pain of failure
Send us your non-fiction, your fiction, your poetry
Send us your photography, your audio, your video
Make a painting or a dance or music about failure
In spite of all the failure in your life, try to actually submit something.