Summer is now in full swing at The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society. We're ready for some barbecues, for some sunscreen and a little time at the beach. Make sure you scroll down and check out our "Summer Reading List" section where the staff discusses their beach reads. We hope if you're headed somewhere to relax and work on your tan in the new few months that you'll be sure to bring RPD along with you.
Some things of note for June: first, you'll notice our beautiful new background, courtesy of Tom Smith. Tom also did Spring background and we are wildly grateful for his refreshing and sun-kissed contribution to RPD. Also, Tom's other half and integral component of the RPD staff Alecia Eberhardt now has a sexy new bio on our Editorial Staff page. Make sure to check her out, and rest assured that any fiction you submit is in her capable hands.
As is customary, today we begin accepting submissions for our next issue, July 2014. For this issue, we are looking for works that fall under a general theme that we like to call "The Headlines". We are looking not only for your non-fiction essays, but also your short stories and your poetry that tackle topics ripped straight from today's headlines. But we're also looking for contributors to take our theme and run with it. Showcase a topic that SHOULD be in the headlines, but isn't getting a lot of media coverage. Tell us about a headline that changed your life. Hypothesize about headlines of the future and how we will get our news then. Blow our minds, warm our hearts and chill our bones. For more on our theme and some of our personal relationships with news, check the editorial staff's Current Events section below.
Speaking of the staff, we would like for all of you, or readers and contributors to get to know us a bit better. Therefore, this month, our Tumblr Features will be written by our very own staff: Alecia, Kay, Jen, and Bee, to help you get to know us better. Not only do we want to give you some insight into us as editors, but also as writers and poets. We know how hard it to is to pour your soul out onto the page and then send it off to someone else. We want you to see what we do best. Keep a look out for those every Wednesday at 10am on our Tumblr.
Also in June, keep your eyes out for some new contributors and some old faces. We have a couple of great essays and fiction pieces headed your way, along with some of the most unique poetry works we've ever featured at RPD. And as always, don't forget that you can be a part of our magazine. We accept submissions between the 1st and 15th of every month and look forward to workshopping with all of our contributors.
June is going to pack a big punch. July is setting up to be mighty fine. Get out your wayfarers, and then get ready.