Nuclear winter. Sinking islands. A wayward missile. A transatlantic war. Or perhaps it could be some Rube-Goldberg-esque chain of events that begins with a single butterfly’s wingbeats. The idea of the “end of the world” is pretty interesting.
It is a poor thing to be pessimistic when there is so much work to do, but one is allowed to hope while being fascinated by ideas of the end. We have no choice to be fascinated, in fact — we’re constantly bombarded by threats of extinction, the implications of the anthropocene, the political and corporate powers that stand to strip humanity of a dignified existence, one marginalized community at a time. What’s up with that, man? And how do you feel about it? Fear? Indignation? A weird sense of calm? Excitement, perhaps, that actual global crises can now be the villains we roleplay hero against?
The theme for The Youth Is On Fire’s comeback issue is The End of the World. Like all themes we’ve proposed before for past issues, you can be as broad and loose about the theme as you want to be. Losing someone you cared about can feel like an apocalypse. Localized disasters, small and contained, are their own rightful armageddons. We aren’t asking y’all to be doomsayers (unless you want to be). We would, however, love for you to send us your photographs, illustrations, essays, poems, and short stories all about what the end of the world means to you.
If you’re interested in being part of our next issue, be sure to follow the guidelines below before sending your work to email@example.com. Deadline is March 17. We’re looking forward to seeing what you’ll be sending in.
- In the subject field of the submission email, indicate what type of work you are sending (e.g. TYIOF submission – Essay). In the body of the email, please include a short description of the submission.
- For written submissions, attach either a Google Doc or Microsoft Word document with your piece. Label it with your last name and the title of the piece (e.g. Santos_On Transcience.docx).
- For photos and art, label each individual file with your last name and the title of the photo or artwork (e.g. Santos_Transcience.png).