Sins and Needles

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Call for Submissions:  Sins & Needles: Writers and Tattoos

Tattoos have been in existence for centuries, from the indigenous people of Japan to tribal people of Polynesia, Philippines, and Borneo. They are markers of time, rites of passage, symbols, remembrances, and sometimes, stupid decisions made on drunken nights. They are everywhere—under the white sleeve of a co-worker, sneakily peeking out of a shirt collar, up and down muscled legs and arms of athletes.  There has been a proliferation of reality shows centered in tattoo parlors. What once was a subculture has now emerged as mainstream.

Yet, in the literary landscape, there has been a conspicuous absence of writing about tattoos. The editors of the tentatively titled anthology, Sins & Needles—Ira Sukrungruang and Jim Miller—are looking for personal nonfiction narratives about the meaning behind the tattoo. Please send 500-3000 word essays in a PDF or Word document file via our submission manager. Essays only; we are not reading poetry.

The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2012. If you have any questions about the anthology, please don’t hesitate to contact editors [at]

Sins and Needles