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I wondered how and why this journal came to be, so I asked Foundry founder and editor Elizabeth Onusko a few questions to find out. See my interview with Onusko and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Foundry.
ONUSKO: Foundry is an online poetry journal that publishes issues quarterly.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Foundry originally started?
ONUSKO: I have worked in various capacities for other journals (Guernica and inter|rupture), which I have really enjoyed. What compelled me to launch Foundry, though, were my own experiences as a poet who submits work. My goal was to create the type of journal I would love to be published in, one that genuinely supports its authors throughout their careers and presents their poems with care. We pay for poems, we nominate poems for prizes, and we promote our writers on social media.
We are always looking for ways to expand our efforts. Starting with our second issue, we have a new feature called “Book Shelf”–a running list of books, chapbooks, anthologies, and broadsides that Foundry contributors have published. The list will include links to where these publications can be purchased. Sometimes I read a poem in a journal and immediately want to read more by that author. We are trying to make it easier for readers to find the work.
We opened for submissions in June 2016 and published our first issue in September.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
ONUSKO: We are not looking for a particular aesthetic; rather, we are interested in poems that are their own ecosystems. That are simultaneously vulnerable and confident. That feel like they could have only been written by that poet.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
ONUSKO: Guernica and inter|rupture, certainly. I also love DIAGRAM, Conduit, Sixth Finch, Colorado Review, Indiana Review, TYPO, The Offing, Waxwing, Kenyon Review, Pinwheel, and Forklift, Ohio, among many others.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
ONUSKO: Send a submission via Submittable. Our guidelines can be found here: http://www.foundryjournal.com/submit.html.
ONUSKO: Via our website: http://www.foundryjournal.com/contact.html.
SUBMISSION FEE: None / $5 for expedited
PAYMENT: $10 per poem