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the Literary Expression of Battlefield Touchstones

Submissions Solicited

"We would not let ourselves be burned to death for our opinions: we are not sure enough of them for that. But perhaps for the right to have our opinions and to change them."
by Friedrich W. Nietzsche [aph 333 The Wanderer and His Shadow (1880)]

This quarterly literary magazine is published as a venue for worthy artistic expressions about war. This topic, what war has wrought and how its echoes persist, is widely avoided for innumerable poor excuses and too few good reasons. By shunning this subject, war has become unspeakable without becoming unthinkable, and therefore remains still quite doable. And, the people with legitimate experiences have very few opportunities to share their hard-won insights. This magazine is where those voices will be heard, where those visions will be portrayed, where those hearts and minds can communicate.

This literary magazine was conceived as a successor to its wartime namesake, formerly published by Albert Camus, the existentialist philosopher and resistance fighter. Relevant submissions for this publication that reveal and explore the ramifications of war upon combatants, noncombatants, and their families are being solicited. This little magazine is in the tradition of the "National Tribune" and "The Century"; but authors should aspire to the intellectual rigor of the "New Individualist Review", and to emulate the verbal breadth in "Antaeus". Original compositions, written or illustrative, may be submitted in compliance with editorial policies to the COMBAT magazine staff at:

and in electronic media:
    P.O. Box 3, Circleville, WV 26804

"The truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind."
by Emily E. Dickinson [ln 7-8 "Tell All the Truth but Tell it Slant" The Complete Poems Harvard variorum edition (1955)]
"I am no longer an artist, interested and curious. I am a messenger who will bring back word from the men who are fighting to those who want the war to go on for ever. Feeble, inarticulate, will be my message, but it will have a bitter truth, and may it bum their lousy souls."
by Paul Nash [13 Nov 1917 letter to his wife Outline: An Autobiography and Other Writings (1949)]


C O M B A T, the Literary Expression of Battlefield Touchstones