Call for Submissions

NO FEE Submission call w/ musical prompt + editor interview – Golden Walkman Magazine, DEADLINE: August 31, 2017

This is a really cool prompt and submission opportunity from the folks at Golden Walkman Magazine for a project they are calling “Dialogue Submissions.” Every few months, they will publish a Dialogue Starter Issue with poetry and prose inspired by an original, contributor-provided piece of instrumental music. “Writers will have (1) month from the airdate to submit a brand new poem or story inspired by the music. The musical artist will choose his/her favorite(s) that we will publish in a future issue, thus furthering the dialogue.”

To listen to the music selection for August’s deadline click below:

Dialogue Starter – “Lela Renteka” by Bunyi Sembunyi

Golden Walkman Magazine “is a literary magazine in the form of a podcast aimed at giving the written word a voice. In that vein, all work accepted and published will be presented solely through that medium - which is audio. No printed words, online or otherwise (except the ones you're reading right now.)” To read more about GWM and what their looking for, continue reading my interview with their founder David Walker and editor Joey Gould below.

HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Golden Walkman Magazine.

WALKER: Golden Walkman Magazine is dedicated to the oral presentation of creative art. While some magazines have a podcast accompanying their written, hard copy issues, GWM is published solely as a podcast. This allows the authors to have much more control over the listeners’ experience of their work as it is in their voice, their intonation. It is our ultimate goal to bring the audience closer to the artist and, as a result, closer to the art.

HOPKINSON: How/why was Golden Walkman Magazine originally started?

WALKER: I am a rabid listener of podcasts, and I love the concept of literary magazines. This marriage seemed like a perfect fit, so I dove headfirst into learning how to produce both – GWM is the product of that process.

HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?

GOULD: What I’m looking for in submissions (beyond technical craft, proper spelling & avoidance of cliche or idiomatic phrasings) is a piece that has evocative imagery, foremost. I would rather see what a character sees than read what the character is feeling. Also, secondary characters in prose pieces should be real characters, rather than props for the main character’s ego.

HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?

GOULD: I’ve had a subscription to The Sun for many years, so many that’s my favorite litmag. I love magazines that mix media. The Sun publishes wonderful photos along with fiction, non-fiction, & poetry. There’s even a thematic “Readers Write” so that any reader can contribute to themes of each coming issue. I think Drunk Monkeys, which recently featured my work at, does a similarly excellent job with mixing media. I hope it doesn’t sound self-serving, but I was thrilled to see the (PERFECT) artwork they paired with my pieces. It meant more to me than it would have if my poems were alone on a blank page.

HOPKINSON: Congratulations! The folks over at Drunk Monkeys are great. They’ve published my work as well. Where can folks send submissions for publication in Golden Walkman?

WALKER: All info about submissions can be found at

HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?

WALKER: Contact us at

Click here to read submission guidelines.

DEADLINE: August 31, 2017

PROMPT: Dialogue Starter – “Lela Renteka” by Bunyi Sembunyi


FORMS:  poetry and prose

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