In specific, the call for submissions is for a special spring/summer 2009 issue called MaSh up & MayheM & haw where The Mad Hatters' Review teams up with the satirical online journal, Bunk Magazine. (The current issue of Bunk features the newspaper banner of "The Los Wikiless Timespedia," beneath which is an explanatory article headlined "LA Times Switches to All-Wiki Format in 11th-Hour Battle for Life.")
The submissions guidelines for the hallowed marriage between these two unhallowed pubs offers this tantalizing challenge:
Mashup is the spirit of the day (second only to dementia): Mash a Democrat and a Tory. Mash a Hip Hop CD with Beethoven's Ninth. Mix the movie Dark Victory with a modern Japanese horror movie sound track. Cross eclairs with ecosystems, a Bush speech with a toilet brush... Mashup is what happens when content is no longer king, usurped by the mischievous jester adept at standing on his head and hands, spouting irreverent nonsensical sense, walking with frivolity on ceilings, pirouetting on paradoxes...
I'm sure you get the point.
After reading the multi-colored, multi-font directions for submissions, this is what I've been able to garner are the choices for writers and artists:
• those who wish to be mashed: submit poems, short fiction, literary nonfiction, videos, music, still images and animation that will then be mashed by a Mad Bunker masher. "We cannot predict how we will mash your work, only that we will mash it and you will receive proper acknowledgment." The deadline for submission is Oct. 15.
• those who wish to mash (see above): submit a proposal of how you'd mash the material others submit. The deadline for proposals is Oct. 15.
• those who wish to mash their own. The deadline is Nov. 15.
There are a more directions on how and where to send the information (emails only, as attachments if text, etc.), so be sure to check the guidelines.
The only catch is, if your work is chosen, the two coastal receptions for writers and artists are at The Mad Bunkers' Mash & Racket Club in the Bronx (yes, the Bronx) and "somewhere off the L.A. Freeway, date TBA." I think we all agree the locations and how to get there are small glitches compared to the honor of inclusion in such a serious literary endeavor.