Historically, cats with thumbs were considered good luck by sailors and were a keenly sought out mascot on board. A cat with a thumb was also viewed with suspicion and fear amongst religious groups. Hemmingway became so entranced with these cats, that his home, now a museum, still houses fifty descendants of his polydactyl cats.
Similarly, creative wordsmiths, who share their thoughts in stories and poetry can be viewed with suspicion or as an oddity, often finding it difficult to feel comfortable within society.
It is the intention of Cats with Thumbs to create opportunities for emerging writers in order to foster their creative growth and provide exposure. There is a plethora of quality anthologies and competitions focused on genre fiction, but very little to encourage emerging literary fiction writers. It is Cats with Thumbs intention to fill that gap.
We are looking for pieces which engage readers, prompting them to look at events, situations or societal norms and question perceptions. Poems and fiction will be considered if they have careful attention to writing craftsmanship and to the seriousness of the subject matter. Experimental writing which has a valid artistic purpose will be considered, but in all cases, Cats with Thumbs avoids graphic violence or graphic sex scenes, extremism or sensationalism for the sake of it.
Cats with Thumbs publishes an anthology of Short Stories and Poetry twice a year (May & October), with a ‘Best Of’ print collection on an annual basis.
It is hoped to be a stepping stone publication for emerging writers and poets who have aspirations of getting work published in places like The Southern Review, Poetry, The Normal School and other literature magazines.