I recently interviewed Andrew Mitchell, Editor-in-Chief of Outlook Springs about their current submission call that caught my eye with an opportunity specifically for women poets and writers to send their work direct to the editors—they’re calling it “Ladies Night.” The interview and submission information is below.
Andrew, tell me a little bit about Outlook Springs.
We’re a biannual print-and-online journal published in the quiet little town of Outlook Springs, New Hampshire, which also happens to be located in an alternate universe. The magazine itself, Outlook Springs, features exciting new and established voices in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. However, because this is published in a small, otherworldly dimension, we also include in each issue: coupons to the hot spots around town, movies that are only featured at the Film-O-Plex (OS’s one and only movie theater!), movies like “Moon Tuba” and “Cupboard Shark,” obituaries, police logs, letters to the editors, etc. The stuff you might find in any small town journal or newspaper except, well, weirder. (Sort of like Welcome to Night Vale meets Tin House meets those “Stuff to Do in Our Town!” magazines you might find in a gas station.)
What spawned the idea for the “Ladies Night” submission call?
Spearheaded by one of our brilliant editors, Emily Lackey, the Ladies Night was a result of us taking a hard look at our submissions and realizing we weren’t doing enough to reach women writers. (Almost 70% of submissions were written by men.) We wanted to be more proactive in our attempts, and so the Straight-to-An-Editor’s Email approach seemed like a great avenue. You can read Emily’s original Ladies Night blog post here.
Though the Call is less than a week old, it has been TREMENDOUSLY successful so far: we’ve received dozens and dozens of really amazing stories, poems, and essays; in fact, we just sent out our first Acceptances as a result of this call today! But we want more!
How do ladies submit?
Until Jan. 20th, writers who identify as women can submit their work directly to: EmilyInOutlookSprings@gmail.com
I saw on your Facebook page that you have an Indiegogo fundraising campaign. Can you tell me about that?
Yes! Our IndieGoGo campaign will help go toward paying our writers, printing, and website. People can pre-order copies and subscriptions of the magazine through there. Right now our pay is $25 per story/essay, $10 per poem (though we hope to increase those numbers in the future).
What type of work is Outlook Springs is looking for?
For poetry, we have a keen interest in finding poets who haven’t found their way into larger publications. We’re excited by voice and confidence in language, by poets who know how to control propulsion and energy both visually and sonically. (Emphasis less on “what’s being said” rather than “how it’s being said.”).
For fiction, we want stories in which the writer takes risks, both in narrative and in style with lots of attention to language at the sentence level. Our tastes are wide-ranging–minimalism, quiet “literary” stories, magical realism, experimental, slipstream, etc.–so long as the emphasis is on character and language rather than the cleverness of the conceit/plot.
In terms of non-fiction, our concerns are very similar to fiction. Whether it’s an experimental piece or a more standard linear narrative, we want to be excited about language, character, and voice.
What are some of your favorite journals?
Tin House, McSweeney’s, Conjunctions, One Story, Crazyhorse, The Kenyon Review, Boulevard, Willow Springs…(the list goes on and on and on!)
Where can writers send regular submissions?
Here is a link to our Submittable page: https://outlooksprings.submittable.com/submit
DEADLINE: January 15, 2016
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry, fiction, nonfiction
PAYMENT: “For fiction and non-fiction, contributors will be paid $25 in addition to a contributor’s copy. Poets will be paid $10 per poem in addition to one contributor’s copy total.”
If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
Andrew Mitchell lives in Dover, New Hampshire. His short stories have appeared in print or online at The Saturday Evening Post, Tin House, The Emerson Review, and elsewhere, and he was the 2014 recipient of the Thomas Williams Memorial Prize for fiction. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Outlook Springs, a magazine he founded with his friends, and you can follow him on Twitter at: @andrewrmitchell.