Winter Tangerine is a literary and arts magazine in print and online. They “aim to disrupt the status quo. To amplify the unheard. To account for the unaccounted. To publish the unconventional, confront the uncomfortable, marvel in the mundane.” They’re also currently accepting submissions for their Lineage of Mirrors series, seeking to profile poets of color and their influences.
I was blown away by the quality of the artwork on their site and on the volume covers. This is really beautiful stuff. The submission guidelines are clear and descriptive. I’ll definitely be submitting to Winter Tangerine in the future. I also really enjoyed this poem in Volume I by Rebecca Kerr: “A Gift From El Niño.”
To learn more about Winter Tangerine and the type of work they publish, you can read samples of each volume on their site, order separate volumes for $10 – $15, or subscribe to a whole year for only $30 (best value).
I wondered how and why this journal came to be, so I asked them a few questions to find out. See my interview with Winter Tangerine staff and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Winter Tangerine originally started?
WT: Winter Tangerine was founded by Yasmin Belkhyr in March of 2013. In her words: “I wanted to create space for what I wasn’t seeing in the literary world — at the time, that meant space for myself and people like me, brown queer high school kids who loved poetry and didn’t identify with or even understand most of the work published in traditional magazines. We wanted to publish vibrant, electric work, and that was our main criteria — we don’t care where you come from, we don’t care how old you are, if you’ve got a piece that resonates with us, we’ll publish it. As my identity politic developed, I realized WT needed to do more than push for good work — all magazines want good work. We needed to prioritize those on the margins, and create opportunities for creation and growth that pushes against the framework of white supremacy.”
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
WT: Winter Tangerine is looking for work that sparks and challenges the status quo. Work that is moving in startling ways, and resonates with us.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
WT: The Offing, Apogee, Transition Magazine, The Shade Journal
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
WT: We accept submissions through submittable here: http://www.wintertangerine.com/submit/
WT: We can be contacted through the website: http://www.wintertangerine.com/contact/
DEADLINE: November 1, 2017 (tip jar submissions are open year-round)
SUBMISSION FEE: None
PAYMENT: Contributors to all WT issues, regardless of genre, are compensated with $20.
FORMS: Prose, visual art, poetry
If you subscribe to Duotrope, you can read their interview with the editors here.