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:
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.
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.
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.
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 Drunkmonkeys.us, 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.
WALKER: All info about submissions can be found at www.goldwalkmag.com/submit
WALKER: Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE: August 31, 2017
FORMS: poetry and prose
Categories: Call for Submissions