Gold Dust magazine is a biannual magazine of short stories, poetry, and writing advice. Issues can be read online or ordered in print. They graciously extended their current submission call for the next issue to September 30 just for my readers! Another unique thing about this magazine is that they offer feedback on every submission.
I wondered how and why this lit mag came to be, so I asked their staff and they kindly replied. See my interview with Founder/Editor in Chief Omma Velada and their Poetry and Prose Editors along with a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Gold Dust magazine.
VELADA: Gold Dust magazine was founded in 2004, so has been in continuous print for 13 years – a long time for a not-for-profit lit mag – and is around 50 pages long, publishing all kinds of creative writing, from the usual poetry & short stories to flash fiction, play scripts and novel extracts. We also publish features about writing, as well as writer interviews, which have included Janis Ian, China Mieville and Kevin Brownlow.
HOPKINSON: What gave you the idea to start an online lit mag?
VELADA: I founded Gold Dust because I wanted to create something fresh and new by publishing off-beat, original pieces from all genres in one place, giving both new and established writers an opportunity to see their work in print.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
VELADA: We are looking for quality & interesting writing in any genre. Precise submission guidelines, which differ across genres, are on our website.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite journals?
VELADA: My favourite lit mags/journals are Sabat magazine, a journal for ‘witches’ that has the most amazing design, Flow magazine, which has a lovely fresh feel and the sadly defunct Fuselit, which had great creative ideas (and whose Editor used to work on Gold Dust magazine).
HOPKINSON: Gold Dust doesn’t accept simultaneous submissions, can you explain why that’s important for your publishing model?
VELADA: We do not accept simultaneous submissions for the simple reason that, if we did, we risk readers purchasing our magazine only to find they have already read the stories elsewhere. It preserves the originality of our lit mag. Further, we put a lot of time & effort into selecting what will go into the magazine and always give feedback on submissions whether accepted or not, so it is frustrating if, after we have put all of this work in, the author then tells us that it has been published elsewhere and withdraws it.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but never comes in?
VELADA: I would love to see more satirical writing, which we only get very occasionally, and short film scripts. We would also love to receive original artwork or photography.
HOPKINSON: Where can poets/writers send submissions?
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
VELADA: We can be contacted via the same website. http://www.golddustmagazine.co.uk/ContactUs.htm
SPECIAL EXTENDED DEADLINE: September 30, 2017
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry, prose, book reviews, short film scripts, artwork, and photography