A note to our readers
I’d like to begin this letter with an apology— it took me entirely too long to get this third issue to you. That being said, I do think it’s our strongest issue yet! Our poets and our visual artist this round were brilliant. Thank you for returning to Exhume, and thank you to our excellent writers and artists for submitting and being patient with us while we got this issue together for all of you.
It’s a new year, and Exhume’s third year online. We’re expecting it to be our biggest and best year yet. In fact, we hope to publish our biggest issue in the Fall, but we need your help! Please spread the word about Exhume, submit, and encourage your friends and family to do the same. We’d love to continue publishing new voices this year, and we welcome submissions from the excellent writers and artists we’ve published before.
The editorial team has elected to discontinue drama submissions. Though we enjoy a good play like anyone else, we haven’t found the genre to be a good fit with Exhume. Our drama editor, Laurel Ann Lowe, will be stepping into a new position as Managing Editor for the journal. We have her to thank for Exhume’s formatting and design, as well as our new, downloadable PDF option!
To make things easier for our editorial team, we’ve also decided to impart deadlines for our Fall and Spring issues moving forward. Fall submissions will be accepted from April 1st to June 30th of every year, and Spring submissions will be accepted from October 1st to December 31st every year. Submissions received outside of these time-lines will not be considered for publication.
Again, we have included a master list of trigger warnings, but have not placed them at the beginning of individual pieces. This is in an effort to keep our readers informed without giving anything about an individual work away to readers who may not need trigger warnings. If you think you might need to know ahead of time what subjects this issue entails, please take a look at the master list before reading. Should you find any triggers which we did not address, feel free to email us so that we can better meet your needs in the future. Your comfort matters to us.
Exhume plans to welcome a few new editors to our team soon, so keep an eye on our Twitter for announcements to come.
Editor in Chief
Content Warning: This issue includes discussion and/or themes of animal violence, animals, birds, birth, blood, burning, colonialization, coming-out stories, death, drowning, general body trauma, guns, hunting, the Me Too movement, mental illness, mothers, murder, nudity, pregnancy, religious language, scarring, serial killers, sex work, sexual assault, spiders, Ted Bundy, therapy, tornadoes, and the Zodiac Killer. For more specific details, please see our master list.