The Common: “Inspired by this mission (finding the extraordinary) and the roles of the town common, a public gathering place for the display and exchange of ideas, The Common seeks to recapture an old idea.” The idea of bringing back the old concept of a common space for discussing ideas and thoughts is exactly what the modern day literary world needs, to move away from this idea of isolation and the idea that reading is just a personal and private venture. As the website claims, The Common is “A modern sense of place.”
Epiphany magazine has a unique visual style, uses social media to connect with their fans and readers, and allows submissions in nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and translated genres. They are looking for writing “wherever it may fall on the spectrum” from “experimental to traditional.” Epiphany editors want pieces that are out of the ordinary in more ways than one, hence their title. For their Fall/Winter publication, they are asking for stories that have to do with war, in any sense. This allows them to expand their horizon while also staying with their clear mission statement. I look forward to seeing more from them.
Although written for mothers and by mothers, Literary Mama‘s honest and raw content contains emotions that can speak to a variety of audiences, including single dads, career women, and college girls looking for a laugh (or cry). From the emotionally raw content to plain white background, you would never think that the majority of its contributors spent half of their days in the colorful world of Sesame Street and shiny metallic picture books.
Arcadia Magazine (a second vote!) claims, “we do not ascribe to a certain aesthetic, nor do we expect that you do.” The fact that this magazine does not bind or define itself by any particular aesthetic makes it so that the content in the magazine is varied. People are able to submit fiction, poetry, film, comedy, artwork, etc., of any genre. The ability for artists to submit any type of work -– with no page limits or limits on content — gives the magazine a “no boundaries” vibe. I like the idea of an aesthetic in flux because it makes the magazine feel less rigid, and there is an element of the unexpected. Not only that, but the editors of the magazine, who always “speak” to the reader with a hint of humor, give the impression that you should feel proud if the magazine publishes your work, but more importantly, that they are honored and lucky for you to have submitted it.
- Jamie Gallerani
Salamander Magazine is a nonprofit literary organization affiliated with Suffolk University. Personally, I liked the simple approach it took to present itself without filling up the page with too much information. Not only do you get their current issue but you also get what kind of genre it’s focusing on. The writers that are involved are given their own section and a link to read issue excerpts as well as explore its subscription options is available with easy navigation. The guidelines are short and simple to follow allowing submissions for poetry, fiction and memoirs.