On the tip of a tongue one note following another is another / path, another dawn where the pink sky is the blood – shot of struck, / of sleepless, of sorry, of senseless, shush. Those years of and / before me and my brothers, the years of passage . . . —Claudia Rankine from VI [my brothers are notorious]

It is a time of grief and reflection, a time that requires an active state of listening and repair. In a world rife with political dissent and mistrust, it is vital to begin asking ourselves these questions as writers and artists: who has the platform and a voice to be heard, and whose voice do we listen to? What weight does writing—this act of controlled impulse—hold? What can art do, and how do we let it unfold?

The Void is offering you a safe passage, or at least a resting place, while you ask yourselves these questions as young artists.

In 1909 the French ethnographer Arnold van Gennep coined the term rite de passage. He explored, in his major work of the same name, the ceremonies used to mark specific points in a person’s life. A passage can be a detail in a work of art, an act of permission or freedom. It is as trivial as the basic plot device of a secret passage in detective novels, or as cerebral as an ornate patch of verse in a literary work. A passage suggests the uncertainty, the apprehension of things to come.

There is a transitory nature to the word passage. It can imply a phase of life, particularly in relation to the process of getting older in iterations. It plays out physically on the body, in architecture and the environment. It is the navigating of visible and invisible borders, a way through or out. It is a partitioning of two spaces, the movement from them, the in-between worlds of things.

We are asking you to explore this liminal space, this isolated place suspended between two realities. We want you to be the one shifting from place to place, like a migrant bird.

The Void welcomes you to submit to our Passage issue, where we explore how we move forward together, as standing waves, navigating our geographies of empathy.


Before submitting to The Void, double check that you’re a Concordia student. If not, no matter how much we like your work, we’ll have to reject it. With all submissions, please include a short bio. Our SUBMISSION DEADLINE is February 1st, 2017.

FICTION  2,500 word maximum.
NONFICTION 2,500 word maximum.
POETRY up to 5 poems.
VISUAL ART 3-5 samples (.tif or .jpg images at 300 dpi & if possible, a link to your website or blog)

Please submit using our SUBMITTABLE ACCOUNT. You should receive a letter of acceptance or rejection within 5 weeks of submission.