Into the Void is an all-inclusive lit mag based in Dublin, Ireland and is “a nonprofit print and digital literary magazine dedicated to providing a platform for fantastic fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual art from all over the world.” They are committed to giving writers and artists of all experience levels an opportunity. The issues come in print or digital format, are affordably priced, and have gorgeous cover art. They open for submissions on October 25 and the deadline is December 25, 2016.
They are currently also running a poetry contest judged by Heath Brougher of Five 2 One Magazine. The contest has a reasonable entry fee of $3/poem and cash prizes of €150, €50, and €25 + publication. The deadline for the contest is November 30, 2016. Winners will be announced by December 21, 2016. (Gotta love a fast contest!)
I wondered how and why this lit mag came to be, so I asked Into the Void editor Philip Elliot a few questions to find out. See my interview with Elliot and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Into the Void.
ELLIOT: Into the Void is a nonprofit print and digital literary magazine based in Dublin, Ireland dedicated to providing a platform for fantastic fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual art from all over the world. We accept work of all styles and strive to publish that which we feel is honest, heartfelt, and screaming to be seen. We adore beautiful and unique styles of writing but clarity is a must. We are committed to giving writers and artists of all experience levels an opportunity–it’s all about the work.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Into the Void originally started?
ELLIOT: I was travelling around Australia solo doing a lot of soul-searching when I made the decision to throw myself into this writing business headfirst and not come up for air until I had the base of a career built. I committed to pursuing my dream of a writing career and writing a novel and then, almost immediately, a literary magazine seemed like the perfect next step to take. I could read great writing every day and learn all the while; what’s not to like? On a deeper level, Into the Void was started because I know how much amazing writing and art exists in the world yet unseen, and, because art of all forms is my absolute favourite thing about this thing we call life, the ability to gather it together and put it on paper to get back out into the world framed inside and under the banner of a magazine is one of the most fulfilling thing I have ever or will ever do and continue to do. I also love the idea of building a community of writers and artists. I remember everyone who gets published in Into the Void, and a lot who don’t, and I like following their careers and seeing what they achieve. It’s so fun when I’m reading a lit mag and I come across a name I recognise. I’m like, ‘Oh, I know her! I read the story she submitted to Into the Void!’ That happens more often than you might think. Finally, I know what it’s like when one starts writing and yearns to receive that first acceptance letter but looks out at the sea of lit mags and feels overwhelmed, and Into the Void is very much a place for writers and artists of all levels. Experience is not necessary, only Passion, Truth, and a Voice of your own.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
ELLIOT: Work that screams off the page, that grabs my head and drags me into the paragraph. Words that sway and dance, sentences that crouch and leap. Paintings that breathe, photographs that speak. Characters that aren’t characters at all but living people that threaten to ignore the writer and turn their heads and talk to me. Conflicts that hurt, dialogue that bristles with tension, funny misunderstandings, cathartic realisations. Settings that have a smell, food that has a taste, objects that I can feel in my hands, colours that light up my brain. Poems that kick me in the chest, short stories that slap me in the face, nonfiction that points at something and shouts, ‘Look at this!’ Most of all, work that means something to you.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
ELLIOT: There’s so many and it grows every day so I’ll limit this to seven (in no particular order) just because of how weird it is to limit anything to seven.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
ELLIOT: Our Submittable, which you can find here along with our guidelines.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
DEADLINE: December 25, 2016
SUBMISSION FEE: None
PAYMENT: None – “We are unable to pay writers in cash at the present time because running a literary magazine is immensely difficult financially (help us out–buy an issue!), however, every contributor accepted for publication will receive a copy of the magazine in both print and digital. Contributors will also have the opportunity to be featured as part of our ‘Interviews with Our Contributors’ section. We are extremely loyal to our contributors and love building supportive relationships with them in their careers. We nominate our best contributors for The Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.”
FORMS: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, visual art