SHANTIH Journal is a new online lit mag and seeking submissions of poetry, prose, drama, visual art, and translations for their second issue.
I wondered how and why this new lit mag came to be, so I asked founder David White and he kindly replied. See my interview with White and submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: How did the idea of SHANTIH first come about and evolve into the journal it is today?
HOPKINSON: Are you currently open for submissions and what kinds/types of work are you interested in?
WHITE: We are always open for submissions. Right now we are in the chase for work to be featured in our upcoming second edition—all submissions received before September 2nd will be considered for the second edition. Submissions received after that date will be considered for later editions.
We always take fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, and photography. At the moment, our needs are for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, but if you have an amazing piece of art or photography, we’ll certainly be happy to see that, as well.
While our issues are not themed, we do want our emerging voice to reflect the idea of peace as an action, a voice, a vision, a way of breathing words and images into the world. Having said that, we’re wide open in terms of content and subject matter.
We do not read erotica, science fiction, mystery, or crime stories.
We encourage submissions by underrepresented voices.
WHITE: Please follow our submission guidelines. We read anonymously, so if you put your name on your manuscript, that’s a problem. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know and contact us if your piece is accepted elsewhere. We do not accept reprints, which includes anything appearing on blogs or elsewhere on the internet, and we do check, so it’s a real time saver and mood enhancer when everyone is clear from the outset.
Our favorite writers include Lydia Davis, Margaret Atwood, Russell Banks, Tim O’Brien, Raymond Carver, Toni Morrison, Amy Hempel, Sophie Cabot Black, Robert Hass, Joy Harjo, Naomi Shihab Nye, Lidia Yuknavitch, David Sedaris, Sarah Vowell, and the list goes on and on. We really just want you to submit and let’s see if we can work together to make something incredible. If you become one of our writers, we’ll promote you and your work in every way we can.
HOPKINSON: Where can poets/writers send submissions?
WHITE: All written work must be submitted as a Word document (doc. or docx.) and e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. When submitting, please provide us with your name, title(s) of your work, and a brief bio including any publication history you might have in the body of your e-mail. Again, please do NOT include any identifying information on your uploaded document.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
DEADLINE: September 2, 2016 for the next issue
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: nonfiction, fiction, flash prose, poetry, drama, art, photography, translations