I really can’t say enough great things about the staff at Lunch Ticket. They are kind, responsive, and organized. I wanted to know a little bit more about what they have going on and they are up to a lot of amazing things! Check out the details below and my interview with lovely person and past Editor-in-Chief Arielle Silver. Make sure to check out the new masthead for this Summer/Fall 2017, including Editor-in-Chief Katelyn Keating.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Lunch Ticket.
SILVER: Lunch Ticket is the online literary and art journal published by the students of Antioch University Los Angeles’s low residency MFA program. We publish full issues twice yearly, along with weekly content in our Amuse-Bouche and Blog sections. Our Amuse-Bouche: Spotlight series features a single literary or visual artist every other week. For both the main issues and the Spotlight series, we publish new, emerging, and established writers and artists from around the world.
Additionally, we publish work by current Antioch MFA students in the Friday Blog, which features personal essays on the life and craft of writers, and in the Amuse-Bouche: Writers Read series, which features craft-based annotated book reviews.
Like our low-residency MFA program, the staff of Lunch Ticket is spread out all around the country and world. Just this morning, I’ve emailed with LTers in Florida, Oregon, the Philippines, Arizona, California, and France. Demographically, we’re all over the place, too, which makes for a wonderfully diverse editorial team. We’re unified by our excitement about being here together on Lunch Ticket, and, of course, our love of the literary and visual arts.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Lunch Ticket originally started?
SILVER: The story of how Lunch Ticket came to be makes me giggle, but I think it’s a you-had-to-be-there sort of thing. I wasn’t actually there, so maybe it’s more of a you-have-to-know-Steve Heller (our MFA Program Director) thing. In any case, the vision was to create an ambitious literary and art journal, with a special emphasis on community engagement and the pursuit of social justice. The first issue was published in 2012. I’ve been on the staff since the sixth issue. Our upcoming tenth issue, Winter/Spring 2017, will be my third as editor.
HOPKINSON: Where can writers send submissions?
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
SILVER: Lunch Ticket hosts #litdish, a weekly Twitter chat about different writing topics, during our submission period. I’m almost always on the chat, so it’s a great way for writers to ask me direct questions in micro-flash-style 140 characters or less. Our Twitter handle is @LunchTicket1.
DEADLINE: April 30, 2017
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, flash prose (any genre), young adult (13+), literary translation & multi-lingual texts, and visual art (painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, installation, performance, and video)
DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/13810 (includes interview with the editors).