Photo of laughing cat by v10g for Pixabay

“Laughter”: Call for Submissions, Special Issue

[Humanity] has unquestionably one really effective weapon—laughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution—these can lift at a colossal humbug—push it a little—weaken it a little, century by century, but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.

Mark Twain

American author Mark twain said it best when he wrote, “Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.” With the world ever balancing so much to cry about with so much to laugh about, The AutoEthnographer Literary and Arts Magazine is excited to announce its call for submissions for the 2023 special issue, “Laughter.”


Submissions will be accepted in any of our main categories (writing, poetry, multimedia, video, performance, etc.) through June 1, 2023 and may respond to the following prompts:

  • Tell us a story of lived experience in a unique cultural setting where laughter served as an effective weapon or response.
  • Tell us a story of lived experience in a unique cultural setting where laughter occurred intentionally or unexpectedly.
  • Tell us a story of humor typical to a specific culture.
  • Tell us a culturally-specific story where a well-intended plan backfired leading to laughter.
  • Tell us a culturally-specific story where laughter is metaphorical or symbolic in some way.
  • Tell us a culturally specific story where laughter broke through tension or lightened a mood.

Your work need not respond to the above prompts; these are merely suggestions or starting points. Learn more about how to submit your work by visiting:

Featured image by Rawval for Pixabay;
Laughing women image by StockSnap from Pixabay I The Autoethnographer

About Author

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The AutoEthnographer, Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison is an instructor in the fields of English and Education whose autoethnographic writing has appeared in a diverse array of publications including Writing on the Edge, Reflections on English Language Teaching, The Qualitative Report, and Qualitative Research in Psychology. As a journalist, Marlen was the managing editor of the international beauty website, Fragrantica, as well as contributor to publications such as Playboy, Business Insider, The Wall Street Journal, ESL Magazine, The New York Times, Basenotes, The Language Teacher, and Men’s Health. As an academic and cultural researcher, Marlen has enjoyed contributing to projects at Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Finland’s University of Jyväskylä, and the Japan Association for Language Teaching. Having taught and guest-lectured at leading institutions such as Doshisha University (Japan), Florida International University (USA), and University of Helsinki (Finland), Marlen is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University where he also teaches in the online MA English programs. Having called Japan, UK, Malta, and Finland home, he now lives in Florida with his husband and dog. Learn more at

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