To celebrate HFR's 25th anniversary, we've got a special theme in the works. We'd like to receive work - fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, translations, art, mixed-media - that addresses the theme of "artifacts," as described here.

Art is, by its nature, a record. Literature, photographs, paintings, music: all these seek to catalogue the world just as they seek to elevate and transform it. A piece of art is also then, by its nature, an artifact: an object with unique meaning both within its context and apart from it. For HFR’s 50th issue, we’re interested in investigating how fragments and relics from our history help to shape our current state of being. What happens when you wrest an object from its homeland (in time, place, state of mind)? Why do we trust remnants of the past as distinctively truthful, and how do we inevitably misunderstand them? Send us writing and art that engages with the theme of “artifact” in whatever way you see fit. Consider the fact that writing itself – the writing, for instance, in HFR’s 49 past issues – becomes a slightly different object upon publication and perusal. Consider that work banned in one country develops a new set of meaning in other places. Consider how artifacts shape the identities of people, nations, cultures. Consider the lives of fraudulent artifacts, objects that create invented histories and narratives. And hey, consider something that we haven’t. Tell us all about ourselves: we trust you.

To submit, go to our Submishmash page. Choose the genre you're submitting under, and mention that you're submitting in response to our "artifact" call in the comments section. The deadline for this call is January 1, 2012. We look forward to reading your work!