Call for Submissions: Bad Feelings Issue

“Negative affect (or, what Sianne Ngai calls “ugly feelings”) ought to be taken seriously as both an unavoidable presence and a potential catalyst in and for active solidarity.” 

— Gage Karahkwí:io Diabo

 The Capilano Review invites submissions for its upcoming Winter 2023 issue, “Bad Feelings,” guest-edited by Afuwa, Jastej Luddu, and Fenn Stewart.

What does it mean to be good to bad feelings, or to notice how our bad feelings are good to us? How might pain, anxiety, fear, dread, and anger help us recognize and reject forms of violence, and acknowledge divergent realities? How might our bad feelings guide us to practices of integrity and care for ourselves, and with each other? What are the non-cathartic possibilities for bad feelings in art, research, and writing? What kinds of solidarities might depend on the sharing (in either sense) of bad feelings?

The editors invite submissions – poetry,  prose, and mixed genre pieces – that tend and attend to bad feelings.

Submission Guidelines:

Email a brief project description and short biographical note, along with the work (maximum of 10 pages) as a single PDF attachment to: by July 15, 2022


If you have any further questions regarding your submission or are unclear about the guidelines, please email with the subject line: Bad Feelings Submission Question

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