Submit to Vol. 19, 2021:
Empathy and Entropy
Submissions are open for Volume 19, 2021: "Empathy and Entropy"
Windward Review is seeking quality works of creative writing in all genres--fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, plays, screenplays (and excerpts), or hybrid genre writing. We also publish select art pieces and art collections.
In this volume, we are exploring the human quality of empathy, the known vs. the unknown, and meaning vs. senselessness. We also want to draw attention to conversations related to chaos, disorder, and making meaning from senselessness. Writers are welcomed to explore personal, local, or world-level themes. We seek to include a broad range of styles, genres, emotions, and sub-topics. This is a broad/ intersectional theme, and writers should be able to submit work that they did not write specifically in pursuit of this theme. However, the pieces we select to publish will have something important and unforgettable to say about Empathy and Entropy. Our final product, we hope, will tell a revealing story about how Empathy and Entropy are related to by a broad spectrum of writers.
FROM THE EDITOR, Zoe Ramos:
ENTROPY, AN IMPULSE
It is a fundamental law that our universe is driven towards greater and greater Entropy, where Entropy can be understood as “disorder." In an analogy, it is much easier to destroy a fine sculpture and turn it into dust than it is to create the fine sculpture in the first place. This is because the fine sculpture was bound, by the sculptor, into a very specific state, through countless hours of inspired work. Then, in destroying the sculpture, using a hammer for instance, one has made the awe-inspiring and ornate work of art, into an unintelligent and uniform pile of dust.
How is this connected with Empathy? It can be said that "disorder" is essentially a lack of pattern, meaning, or sense (all qualities lost by destroying the fine sculpture, for example). Thus, Entropy (and its favor) ensures that our interpretations, meanings, and art will always be short-lived. At the same time, our ability to detect “meanings” and “order” is limited by our knowledge as a species.
Could it be that there is indeed meaning in chaos, but we are just unable to grasp it? Can Empathy help us with our universe’s love affair with Entropy? Can Empathy allow us to take back power, entrusting others with “Meaning” when there is no other rational meaning to be had?