SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED. The Ottawa Object has ceased publication.
The Ottawa Object seeks to publish short stories that look deeply in to human yearning, especially at the extremes. What fills us when we float through emptiness? What happens when Pavlov mixes his stimuli? What happens when you let go of something you’ve held all your life? What is at the heart of darkness? What happens when you’re waking up and the “you” you thought you were dissolves in the light coming through the blinds? What happens when the world around you plays a twelve tone melody and you’ve lost your sense of key? What are thirteen answers to the question, “what is inside my cerebellum this very moment?”
If your name is George Saunders, you may want to submit something. If you’re a replicant who writes about his birth from the neurons of a pale and driven scientist, you may want to submit something. If you exist only in the imagination of a boy lying in the grass and looking at the stars, you may want to submit something. Heck, even if you’re just a really gifted writer, you may want to submit something.
* be between 300-4,000 words
* be double-spaced
* be eccentric but convincing
* break into your heart a little
Payment is one contributor copy.