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Imprint

by Sarah Swandell
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Sarah Swandell is a writer, pastor, and songwriter in North Carolina. Her work has appeared in The Christian Century, devo’zine, and Dime Show Review. Find her album at sarahswandell.com.

What surprising, fascinating stuff can you tell us about the origin, drafting, and/or final version of “Imprint”?

  • Many of the facts are from The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead.
  • When Lysol was advertised as a douche, “feminine hygiene” was code for “contraception,” and “germs” = “sperm.”
  • Imprint” is the first fiction I’ve written in two decades. Then again, it has a lot of autobiographical elements — I was just too afraid to tell the truest story.
  • I decided to make “Imprint” dark and weird, because as I read the Journal’s pieces, I thought they were all dark and weird.
News

Congrats to the Best Small Fictions nominations from Matter Press for Compressed Creative Arts: Sara Backer’s “Oh, What a Night”; Dan Crawley’s “Powers”; Jill Talbot’s “Malahat Highway on Boxing Day”; Christopher Allen’s “Falling Man;” and Kathy Fish’s “Five Micros.”

Submissions

Poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction/prose poetry submissions is now open. Check out our new category triptychs! The submission period closes June 15, 2019; submit here.

Upcoming

03/18 • Tamara Gane
03/20 • Tiff Holland
03/25 • Sara Crowley
03/27 • Hannah van Didden
04/01 • Ian Mahler
04/08 • Cindy Hunter Morgan
04/15 • Mason Binkley