Table of Contents Grows

November 7th, 2009

As is the case with any burgeoning literary journal, before the first issue is presented to the world, it is almost impossible to divine what aesthetic shape it will take. For that reason, I will occasionally post the progress as the inaugural issue of the Camera Obscura Journal builds. Recently Camera Obscura accepted a short story by René Georg Vasicek, the beautifully rendered “Borsig’s Machine Factory,” which begins:

“Like the drunkard I am stumbling towards the null and void. And I really am drunk…the drunken ecstasy of having failed at life so miserably. It is only when a man approaches absolute zero that life begins to make sense.

I recently turned forty. There is no turning back: the death march to nowhere a certainty. Years spent watching a city destroyed by sameness…the rise of concrete block towers, the demolition of history, the erasure of the human face.

My name is unimportant. It’s enough to know that I am not you. . .”

René Georg Vasicek is a 2009 fellow in Nonfiction Literature from the New York Foundation for the Arts. His writing has appeared in The Delinquent (UK), Divide, High Times, Minnetonka Review, Post Road, The Prague Revue, Sunday Salon, and elsewhere. He teaches at Hofstra University and Lehman College of the City University of New York. René lives in Astoria, Queens with his wife and son.

Many more updates to come.
M.E. Parker, Editor
Camera Obscura Journal

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Camera Obscura Journal – Open for Submissions

October 19th, 2009

typewriterWords and images often serve the same master – the story. They reveal something about the world, not only about what it means to be human, what it means to exist. The inaugural print issue of Camera Obscura is slated for Spring 2010, anchored by equal measures of the best literature and photography we can obtain. Though the photographs will not necessarily relate to the stories specifically, their presence in the journal will not be incidental to the stories but inseparable from them.

 Along the way to the first issue, we will post some work, select writing and photography that will also appear in the print issue, on the website, and this blog will serve as an outlet for the editors, photography judges and contributors to the Camera Obscura. The $1000 writer honorarium will be selected from those stories we have chosen from publication and announced just prior to the release of the first issue.

camera 1890The photography competition officially opens November 1, 2009 with $1500 in prizes at stake. The theme: “bond.” Bonds exist in countless forms. There are bonds between people, animals, atoms, plants, mountains. There is even the monetary variety. All forms and interpretations both creative and literal are welcome with the following caveat: any interpretations of the theme that relate in any way to a British secret service agent with an assistant named Moneypenny will receive additional, and quite possibly harsh, scrutiny. The professional category is open to everyone. The non-professional category is reserved for those who earn no more than 25% of their income from photography.  We have lined up a highly decorated board of photography judges for this competition.

 Thanks for your interest. More updates coming soon.

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