The Village Pariah: Call for Submissions for Volume II: Winter 2010

The Village Pariah, a bi-annual literary journal sponsored by the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, is accepting submissions for its second issue.  We publish poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, and other works inspired by the writings and life of Mark Twain, his hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, the Mississippi River, the Midwest, and small town or rural life in America.
Our theme for this issue is: the juvenile pariah of YOUR village.  In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Twain creates one of the most classic descriptions in all of literature, and America is introduced to its first anti-hero, Huckleberry Finn, “the juvenile pariah of the village” who was “cordially hated and dreaded by all the mothers of the town because he was idle and lawless and vulgar and bad,” but adored by the children of St. Petersburg who wished they could be like him.  This topic can be interpreted broadly; it could be the bad boy your parents forbid you to date, the town bully, or someone with a deeper heroic vein, such as the rough-around-the-edges Huckleberry. 

Each issue will also include an introductory essay by an established author, poet, artist, songwriter, etc who speaks of Twain’s influence on his or her art or life.  We welcome writings from established writers, as well as those who are new and unpublished.

Electronic submissions only.  Please limit poetry to five poems and prose to 3000 words.  Entries should be emailed as an attachment to or  Please include name, contact information, and a short bio along with your submission.  Our reading period is now open and entries will be accepted until November 1, 2010. 

Visit our website ( for more information.  All proceeds from the journal go to support the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum. 

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