Cold Hard Type
Typewriter Stories from the Post-Digital World
Call for Submissions
If you’re the typewriter type of writer, perhaps you use a typewriter for its quirkiness, its feel, the satisfying sounds and motions. Or perhaps, like I do, you find it taps a different part of your brain, where the unfiltered creative juice that is your true, inner voice fills the page. But lurking behind these justifications, and perhaps it’s not something we openly acknowledge for fear of being labelled a kook, is that niggling sense that if the world fell apart we’d have a backup writing plan. Yes, I’ve said it. You’re a doomsday prepper. With smug satisfaction you’ll be the one writing the history of the ashes. Long have we suffered the ridicule that comes with clinging to old technology. Just imagine the exalted positions we’ll yield when the world’s electronica blink off.
Now he asks that we envision the future where “digital civilization collapses,” and submit stories to his latest venture: Cold Hard Type. And here’s the rub, they must be typewritten! Five-thousand words max, poetry included. Once submitted, the chosen ones will be published in a nifty compendium. If submitting a polished typewritten story strikes fear, Polt allows digital versions. However, if accepted, you’ll need to get him a clean typewritten copy in pica typeface on pages that measure 4 by 7 inches. (Though, I must admit, artistic license might include a story that has a certain raw verisimilitude, with blemishes intact as if dispatched from a desperate future soul on his last ribbon.)
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