Cordella is a beautifully designed quarterly online magazine with a broad-themed focus for each issue. They publish the work of cis women, trans women, and nonbinary artists, writers, and creatives and are currently open for submissions of poetry, short fiction, essays, memoir and other creative non-fiction, as well as visual art.
I wondered how and why this lit mag came to be, so I asked Creative Director Cate Clother and she kindly replied. See my interview with Clother and submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Cordella.
CLOTHER: Cordella seeks to record and share the creative voices of women from all walks of life, exploring the ways that our spirit and sense of self is engaged with our physical place and daily experiences. We honor the diversity of women’s spirituality, and recognize that the edification of a woman’s spiritual life brings healing to our earth, to our families and communities, and to ourselves. Our purpose is to encourage women to know themselves more deeply, to value the stories they have to tell, and to connect with a sense of feminine wisdom and community that has nourished women throughout history.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Cordella originally started?
CLOTHER: Cordella was founded after I became a mother of a daughter, and realized how uncomfortable I was as a woman in the world. As a mother of three children under five, I had little to no time to sit down and read an entire book, and began to look for online and print magazines which could help me in my quest to discover what kind of woman I wanted to be. At the same time two of my good friends gave birth to daughters, and we talked about what it would look like to start up a magazine that would provide a forum for conversation around this deeper sense of feminine identity. We began with publishing a chapbook of poetry and illustrations in 2014, Premonition, moving from there into producing a quarterly online magazine.
Cordella Magazine was named after my grandmother, Bobbie Cordella Fletcher. Cordella means "heart." Our featured artists, writers and musicians go into this deeper heart space, unearthing feminine intuition, creativity, wisdom and history. As editors, we are endeavoring to listen, to read, and to share work with an open heart.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
CLOTHER: We accept work by cis women, trans women, and nonbinary artists, writers and creatives. We are particularly interested in work that relates to a sense of spiritual life, ecology, and community, but we welcome submissions of all kinds that reflect women’s unique stories. We accept poetry, short fiction, essays, memoir and other creative non-fiction, as well as visual art. We also invite proposals for interviews and featured musicians.
Along with our quarterly magazine issues, we are looking for submissions of writing, music, and visual art for our new blog space on a continual basis. Each issue of Cordella has a broad theme. We encourage submissions that relate to the theme on some level, but this is not a requirement for publication. Visit cordella.org/submissions for more information on themes, deadlines and submission requirements.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite journals?
CLOTHER: There are so many! I wish I could spend the rest of my days curled up in a comfy chair surrounded by piles of gorgeous lit mags. My favorites are as beautiful to look at/hold in your hands as they are to read, and tend to cover unusual topics: Cabinet, Zoetrope: All Story, The Sun, Ladybeard, The White Review, OOMK, Guts, & The Paris Review. A few of my favorite online-only lit mags/projects are McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Country Queers, Lumen & Rookie Mag.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
CLOTHER: We'll be joining Submittable soon! For now, please submit your work to email@example.com. Our poetry editor, Madeleine Barnes, and essay editor, Sarah R. Squire, are eager to read your work!
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
CLOTHER: Feel free to contact me directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You're also welcome to send us a message through our website, cordella.org/contact, or send us a direct message via Facebook (@Cordella Magazine) or Instagram (@cordellamag).
DEADLINE: October 16, 2017
THEME: Make Known
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry, short fiction, essays, memoir and other creative non-fiction, and visual art