Hourglass Literary Magazine is an annual and bilingual magazine which is being published in print and digital form in English as well as the languages of the BCMS region (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, and Montenegro). They also run an annual literary contest for best short story, essay, poem.
I wondered how and why this new lit mag came to be, so I asked editor Voki Erceg and he kindly replied. See my interview with Erceg and submission guidelines below.
ERCEG: Please, allow me to quote our mission statement: “We want to achieve intercultural mélange, first and foremost literary, that is: we will pose a series of questions on the pages of Hourglass Literary Magazine, such as: what are poetics and formal solutions and (pre)dominant themes of authors who write in English, that is languages of the region (BCMS)?! What remained of post-modernism, textual acrobatics and semantic gymnastics (John Barth, Robert Coover, Ronald Sukenick etc.)? ‘Return to tradition?’ How ‘Beat’ generation echoes in works of contemporary writers? From Borges, through the novel and the emergence of the novel In Cold Blood by Truman Capote to Danilo Kis – interpolation? Where do we write from? What do we write about when we write about love?”
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite journals?
ERCEG: Timothy McSweeney’s. The end.
HOPKINSON: Where can poets/writers send submissions?
ERCEG: As we tend to bond widely recognized authors with emerging writers, we solicit authors for their contributions, i.e. we do not have “general submissions,” but right now we do have call for submissions for micro-fiction; there is no entry fee, and we pay $25 for publishing rights. More info on our site: www.hourglassonline.org.
HOPKINSON: What forms does “micro-fiction” include?
ERCEG: Anything ranging from “short” short stories to poetry in prose and everything in between and beyond.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
ERCEG: Once they help us with our crowdfunding campaign: Hourglass Literary Magazine: Into Tomorrow at www.igg.me/at/hlm, I will share my e-mail address. Just kidding. 🙂 Our social networks are, I must say, vibrant–our volunteers respond within an hour or so: www.facebook.com/hourglassliterarymagazine. Also, there is a contact form at www.hourglassonline.org/about/.
DEADLINE: July 15, 2016
SUBMISSION FEE: NONE
FORMS: Micro-fiction (Anything ranging from “short” short stories to poetry in prose and everything in between and beyond.)