Riddled with Arrows is an online literary journal dedicated to writing about writing. We seek (short) metafiction and metapoems, and writing that celebrates the process and product of writing as art. No restrictions on genre or form, so long as the work is about writing, straight up. Please see our guidelines for more of what we’re looking for.
Shannon Connor Winward is the author of the Elgin-award winning chapbook, Undoing Winter (Finishing Line Press, 2014). Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming from Fantasy & Science Fiction, Analog, The Pedestal Magazine, Persistent Visions, Psuedopod, Cast of Wonders, Strange Horizons, Star*Line, Literary Mama, Gargoyle and PANK. Shannon is also a Rhysling award nominee, a semi-finalist in the Writers of the Future Contest, and a two-time runner-up for an emerging artist fellowship in literature by the Delaware Division of the Arts. In between writing, parenthood, and other madness, Shannon is also an officer for the Science Fiction Poetry Association and a poetry editor for Devilfish Review. Visit her on the web at shannonconnorwinward.com.
Ro Molina is a freelance writer and designer specializing in ebook covers and whatever else sounds interesting at the time. She ran a website lifedespitelupus.com for people coping with lupus and has written articles for several websites.
Riddled with Arrows Literary Journal takes its name from “Poetry”, a poem by Pablo Neruda:
“…and I wrote the first faint line,
faint, without substance, pure
of someone who knows nothing,
and suddenly I saw
with arrows, fire and flowers,
the winding night, the universe.”
with credit also to Seamus Heaney’s, “From the Frontier of Writing”:
“…and everything is pure interrogation
until a rifle motions and you move
with guarded unconcerned acceleration—
a little emptier, a little spent
as always by that quiver in the self,
subjugated, yes, and obedient.
So you drive on to the frontier of writing
where it happens again.”
(Get it? Quiver… arrows….)
More than once we’ve seen literary magazine guidelines that say they specifically do not want writing about writing. As writers, we just can’t wrap our heads around that. What wordsmith doesn’t have a poem about the agony and bliss of poetry; a story about an author writing a story; a notebook full of I-don’t-know-what-to-call-this bemoaning a missing muse, an empty page, a heart that wants to write but just can’t find the words?
Writing about writing is a time-honored art. Even Sappho indulged in it:
“May I write words more naked than flesh, stronger than bone, more resilient than sinew, sensitive than nerve…”
Riddled with Arrows Literary Journal was created as a safe haven for poetry about poetry and prose about prose. More than this, we seek to compile a body of literature that flies in the face of this arbitrary prohibition against Writing writing.