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Pulse is a living, breathing archive, a gathering space to uplift OCADU writers and community. Pulse is made by students for students to explore and experiment with language and text without restrictions. We commit ourselves to accepting many modes of epistemic understanding and ways of contributing to knowledge. We welcome messiness and roughness and imperfection as an authentic record of creative processes. This is a space for student experimentation: we are ever-growing, writing in the pulse.
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OCADU’s Creative Writing Program’s annual journal Pulse is officially open for submissions! We are looking for previously unpublished language based submissions (i.e.: written, performance, animated, etc.) of any genre from creative writing majors and minors. Here are our guidelines: Poetry: 1-5 poems (all in one document) Prose: maximum 1200 words Excerpts of longer works can be accepted as long as they can stand alone. All work submitted must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please let us know as soon as your work has been accepted elsewhere so we may wish you congratulations! Please include a brief cover letter in your submission with your name, pronouns, the genre of your submission, and a two-sentence author bio written in third person. Do not include your name or any other identifying information in your document or file name; however, do include any appropriate trigger warnings. Please note that we will not accept any graphic violence, graphic erotica, “trauma-porn,” work that is explicitly racist, homophobic, transphobic, antisemitic, islamophobic, or any other work designed to cause harm. Exercise your best judgment as to what work reflects both you as a writer as well as the community you write within. OCAD University acknowledges the ancestral territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabeg and the Huron-Wendat, who are the original owners and custodians of the land on which we live, work and create.
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