Buddy is a new zine that publishes poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction about mental health (MH).
“MH encompasses so many issues. We’re looking for all styles of writing from all types of people, about all topics. Be adventurous, be brave, be imaginative, be experimental, be simple if you want to be simple. When in doubt…submit!”
You can read more about their mission and goals on their About page here.
I wondered how and why this zine came to be, so I asked Founding/Chief Editor David Welper a few questions to find out. See my interview with Welper and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Buddy originally started?
WELPER: I wanted to blend my two passions, mental health and creative writing. To my knowledge there wasn’t a zine that targets this population and these issues, yet writers (and other creative artists) are the ones who should be speaking up about it. My goal is to make mental health a more comfortable topic to talk about and to make people aware that those with mental health issues have many abilities.
I started Buddy by getting in touch with writers in the Bay Area and elsewhere in the US to see who would be interested in helping. We’re a very new zine so we’re working on building a social media literary audience. We’ll be reaching out to mental health facilities, organizations and professionals in attempt to get the word out directly to psychiatric patients.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
WELPER: Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction that addresses in some way a mental health issue. This is such a wide spectrum of topics so we’re hoping to get some really adventurous writing about anything that affects us emotionally, perceptually, cognitively and/or behaviorally. Submissions could/should experiment with forms and structures that portray a sense of psychiatric concern. Even a piece about the brain itself would be great! We’re looking forward to seeing work from experienced & educated writers as well as (and especially) from those who may not consider themselves writers or have a mental health issue but have something to say (perhaps a lady who’s a businesswoman dealing with a family member with bipolar). We’re also welcoming to the idea of handwritten submissions from acutely ill patients.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
WELPER: Fence is one of my earliest favorites (back before the online zine came about). Recently I have enjoyed 14 Hills, Great Weather for Media, Lunch Ticket. So many great zines out there!
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
WELPER: www.BuddyLitZine.com will take you to our Submittable page.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
DEADLINE: Always open
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction
Categories: Call for Submissions