For the Sonorous is a new “literary journal dedicated to empowering and publishing women and non-binary people of color.” They publish three online issues of poetry, prose, and art each year. Additionally, they are supporting women and non-binary poets and writers by providing detailed feedback from their editors on all submissions.
Their inaugural issue is available to read online and “explores the blurry transition from girlhood to womanhood.” You can subscribe to their newsletter here or follow them on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
I wondered how and why this lit mag came to be, so I asked For the Sonorous founder and Editor-in-Chief Masfi Khan a few questions to find out. See my interview with Khan and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about For the Sonorous.
KHAN: For the Sonorous is a literary journal dedicated to publishing and empowering women of color and non-binary people of color. We aim to publish issues of prose, poetry, and art three times a year, and we provide detailed feedback to all submissions. We want to foster a supportive community for marginalized groups of writers. To fulfill our mission, we are holding the 2017 Sonorous Summer Writing Workshop, an online mentorship program for women of color and non-binary people of color in grades 6-12.
HOPKINSON: How/why was For the Sonorous originally started?
KHAN: I noticed that marginalized groups are largely underrepresented in literature and that their work needs to receive more recognition in order to display the diversity of voices and experiences rooted in all of us. I felt that there should be a platform that specifically showcased the powerful work of women and non-binary people of color since the intersection of racism and misogyny can make them hide facets of themselves. By collaborating with other artists and writers, I founded For the Sonorous last year. We intend for this journal to be a place for women and non-binary people of color to reclaim their narratives and amplify their voices.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
KHAN: We want work that is original, refreshing, and daring. We want language that expands the horizon, voices that continue speaking even after the piece is read. We want work that contributors create with intimacy, that follow the rhythm of their heartbeats. We want work that needs to be heard. Please keep in mind that we do not accept work that is hateful towards others.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
KHAN: Some of my favorite literary magazines include The Adroit Journal, Winter Tangerine Review, Hermeneutic Chaos, and wildness.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
KHAN: Submitters can send their work to firstname.lastname@example.org and review our submission guidelines at http://forthesonorous.wixsite.com/forthesonorous/submissions.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
KHAN: We can be contacted at email@example.com with inquiries or using the form found on the Contact page of our website.
DEADLINE: July 31, 2017
NOTES: Previously published is okay. For this issue, all contributors will be women/non-binary people of color.
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry, prose, and art