I wondered how and why this journal came to be, so I asked immix editor Sam Williams a few questions to find out. See my interview with Williams and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about immix.
WILLIAMS: immix is an online journal designed for those authors who love social justice, equality, fairness, whatever you want to call it. Though that doesn’t mean your submission has to be overtly social justice themed.
It’s a place where people can come and discuss heavy issues in the social justice world (topics ranging from racism and sexism, to global climate change, to finding yourself in a country where you’re the immigrant). I want to get people’s experiences out there. I want to get the voice the oppressed out there. I’m a white cis heterosexual Christian man. I’ve had a lot handed to me–I’ve had to work hard, obviously–but I haven’t had to experience the troubles of not being hired because I’m black, or not being listened to because I’m a woman, or not being allowed to board a plane because I’m Muslim. I’ve never been barred from a bathroom because I was born the sex I don’t identify with. I can’t imagine facing those challenges, and I feel responsible–as a member of the privileged club–to help uplift those who do face blatant racism, sexism, homophobia, and other challenges.
HOPKINSON: What gave you the idea to start an online lit mag?
WILLIAMS: Back in October of 2015, I was lying in bed, unable to fall asleep because I couldn’t imagine how Donald Trump had gotten so far in the presidential race. That got me thinking about everything he seemed to stand for (racism, misogyny, disability-prejudice; the list goes on). I started thinking about how I wasn’t really doing anything. I pray (or meditate, whatever label you want to call it) every morning, not just for myself but for my family, my community, my country, the world… but this didn’t feel like enough action for me. I like to be in the thick of things if I can, but I’m about as far away from being able to physically stop many businesses from tearing apart our planet, or halting racist government action. I do best on a person to person basis, but I wanted to do more.
I’m getting my MFA from Antioch University of LA, an MFA program dedicated to authors interested in social justice. While in the program I’ve come to know many writers, and a lot are just as passionate about social justice as I am, but without a platform. We’re all trying to submit essays, fiction, poetry to whatever journal might take them. But there are a lot of pieces of merit, that don’t fit here, or don’t fit there. I decided that I could potentially create my own journal–give a platform to writers I know and trust, interview some people I know who are passionate about social justice, and offer yet another journal for people to submit to. There are a lot of online journals out there, yet never enough to publish all the great content.
The short: Anything and everything. You’ve created something? Send it to us. We’ll take a good long look at it.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
WILLIAMS: I read the New Yorker religiously. I love reading and am on staff at Lunch Ticket (lunchticket.org) which is sort of a sister journal (a more refined older sister). The Atlantic Review and The New England Review are also great. And there’s my undergrad’s online journal The Mistake House (http://mistakehouse.org/), they’re a young journal too, looking for work to send in. Oh! And Asimov’s Science Fiction I’ve read and liked as well.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
WILLIAMS: Before you submit check out our submission guidelines! I cannot express how important that is for any online journal. They can be found at http://www.theimmix.com/submission-guidelines/ and then send your work to email@example.com
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
WILLIAMS: If anyone has a question for me they can contact immix’s email, firstname.lastname@example.org, and that will get to me, since I think I’m the only one who checks it.
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: Social Justice Essays and Stories (including Poetry, CNF, Fiction and Translation), Political Cartoons