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Life so wild


The theme for this month’s issue of L’attitude is “wildlife,” which is, quite evidently, inspiration aplenty.

Interestingly, quite a few of the bear stories and poems this month seemed to focus on the possibility of being eaten. However, many others describe more positive interactions with wildlife, which are the type we encourage.

First place goes to Kerry Howard for “Every Egg Counts,” a moving creative nonfiction account of a sea turtle rescue operation in Surinam.

The language in this month’s second place winner, “Raven Days” by Kevin Enloe, is active and enjoyable… and even if we polychromatic-pelted humans are getting eaten by square bears, and even if it would be much nicer to be a raven than a person, at least we’re still ubiquitous (that’s a plus, right?) and at least the inventive language of square-shaped prose poem is anything but square itself.

This month’s third place award goes to Alan Munro for “Harlequin,” a painting accompanied by some brief prose. Like the L’attitude staff, Munro has been interested in animals and nature since he was young, and we think his duck depiction is simply divine.


There are some changes in the near future for L’attitude. Firstly, contributors can expect to see their work published online as well as in print as a part of the Empire’s new and improved website.

Second, this creativity-centric publication will be going quarterly with the next issue publishing on June 29. This extra time between issues will allow contributors more of a chance to digest themes and create spectacular work. It will also allow L’attitude staff to improve the look and feel of each issue. Expect good things, dear readers.

We’re trying something different for the next L’attitude. Instead of one general contest, we’re holding two contests — one for the verbal arts and one for the visual. Prize money will be split accordingly ($50 to first place in each category, $30 to second and $20 to third.) In keeping with the time of year, the theme for this month is “water.”

Interpret at will: A story about the fish that almost was, a painting of the boat that’s a home, a poem about the perfect droplets on a leaf… or something else.

Fiction submissions have been light recently. This makes us sad. If you have a piece of fiction or are inspired to write a piece of fiction involving the theme (or not), that would make us happy.

As always, we will judge submissions based on quality. Themed submissions will also be judged on creative interpretation of said theme.

The contest is open to fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, photographs, (pictures of) paintings, graphic design, etc. Should you submit a winning blended piece — one that incorporates both the visual and the verbal — we would place you in the category we felt was strongest.

The winner of our cover art contest gets $60 and the pleasure of front-page placement. It’s plausible that a piece of art may win the cover contest and an award in the themed contest, but it would have to be truly exceptional to do so.

While we consider previously published works for general publication, those works are ineligible for awards.

Submit to by the end of the day Sunday, May 15. Please indicate in your subject line the genre to which you are submitting. (It’s good to specify fiction vs. nonfiction, for example; it’s not always immediately clear.) Submit .doc or .docx files for written submissions. Please submit each image as a .jpeg sized at 10 inches on the longest edge at 200 DPI. Make sure files are no larger than 3 MB each, and save our inboxes from sinking under the weight of great art (though there are worse fates). If you feel the need to send larger files, drop them off at the Empire office or mail a disc that will not be returned.


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