Reservoir is a new semi-annual, online literary journal. They publish poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and art. New issues are released in the summer and in the winter.
I wondered how and why this press came to be, so I asked editors Caitlin Neely, Cady Vishniac, Minda Honey, and Kenzie Allen a few questions to find out. See the interview and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Reservoir.
Reservoir is an online magazine that’s published twice a year in the winter and summer. We take poetry, fiction, CNF, and art. We love reading your submissions, especially from emerging/unknown writers, and we love promoting the writers we’ve published.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Reservoir originally started?
Reservoir was started in the summer of 2015. In undergrad, I was the editor for my college’s literary magazine, and I’d been missing that kind of community/work. I asked a few of my favorite people/writers if they were interested in joining. I’m so happy/lucky Minda, Kenzie, and Cady said yes.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
Well, first, please read the submission guidelines before submitting. All of our editors have given detailed responses. You can find a few more answers below.
Poetry,Caitlin Neely: I’m looking for writers who love language. If you aren’t obsessed with the words you’re putting down on the page, it’s probably not gonna happen for me. I want poems with innovate imagery and figurative language. If your simile(s) force me to examine the world in a different way, that’s great. I like political poetry, I like place poetry, I like love poems, I like poems that aren’t afraid. I’m down for narrative, lyric, experimental, whatever.
Fiction, Cady Vishniac: Let’s be totally honest: I’m most drawn to the formal elements that typify contemporary literary fiction, not core genre writing or lyric/experimental work. That said, I’m a lot less traditional when it comes to content, and I want to mention this specifically because I think some people confuse content and formal elements, ending up in this place where writing about the fantastic or the political has convinced them they’re “too experimental” for publication. These people are wrong, at least when it comes to Reservoir. I want your radical politics–especially when it comes to gender identity and feminism–and your SF elements, so long as they are described with fresh language and avoid genre tropes. Let’s say you use the voice, plotting, and language of contemporary literary fiction, but your subject matter is anarchist unicorn robots who protect BLM protestors from police retaliation. This is perfect and would bring me joy.
Non-fiction, Minda Honey: Looking for pieces about the moment after the fall out. Real shit.
Art, Kenzie Allen: I’m really open when it comes to medium and ideas (from illustration to sculpture to digital and new mediums to photography to… ?!?… I’m excited even to see what comes next)–so I think I just look for strong execution and development. That’s one reason I like to read (and sometimes present) artist statements alongside the work — to appreciate and connect to how much thought and which ancestries of ideas went into a project or an approach. I do like to see high quality files as far as documentation of projects or pieces, and I like to see multiple valences of design elements being touched upon, and I like to imagine how it connects to our human story. Mostly, I look to be surprised, delighted, enchanted, challenged, moved. Every packet or submission sent starts a conversation, and so I’ll be here at the coffee shop waiting, excited to hear about and see what you’re working on.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
Poetry, Neely: Memorious, Sixth Finch, Quarterly West, and Poetry Magazine
Fiction, Vishniac: The Offing, Granta, and Zoetrope
Non-fiction, Honey: Catapult, The Offing, Longreads, and The Rumpus
Art, Allen: Berlin ArtParasites and Hi-Fructose
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
Submission info/contact info is located on our guidelines page.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
They can message us on Facebook or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE: May 15, 2017
FORMS: poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and art
Categories: Call for Submissions