WILDNESS is an online literary journal that seeks to promote contemporary fiction, poetry and non-fiction that evokes the unknown. Founded in 2015, each thoughtfully compiled issue strives to unearth the works of both established and up-and-coming writers and artists.
I have to say, I’ve always been intrigued and enjoyed the amazing photography they use on their site and the interactions I’ve had with their editor have been professional and kind. This is an up and coming lit mag to key an eye on!
I wondered how and why this journal came to be, so I asked WILDNESS editor Michelle Tudor a few questions to find out. See my interview with Tudor and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about WILDNESS.
TUDOR: We’re a fairly new (we will turn 2 in December) online literary journal that publishes poetry, fiction and nonfiction pieces.
Recently, Poets & Writers gave us a very nice write up describing WILDNESS as a journal that “features formally inventive work by both established and emerging writers that embraces the mysteries of the self and the outside world.”
HOPKINSON: How/why was WILDNESS originally started?
TUDOR: We started out only planning to publish books through our indie press, Platypus Press. It was only after a few months of doing that that we decided we’d really enjoy the day-to-day creation of a journal. We toyed with the idea of launching a print version at first, but realised (a) the costs were prohibitive for us (we’re based in the UK and the majority of our readership is not) and (b) we liked the immediacy of it being freely available. Simply, we wanted to create an environment that was open to anyone who wanted to be a part of it.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
TUDOR: We think our tastes are fairly broad when it comes to the work we accept. As I said in my first editor’s note: “But in this understanding, there is uncertainty, because there is no way to explain what any of us truly want. Only we know what it is that makes us ache, and what we want to include as part of this thing—this collection we’re curating. So when people ask for a theme, or wonder why they’ve been rejected, it’s not necessarily the work, it’s that we know what we want but we can’t explain it, so we can’t ask you for it. All we ask is that you read what we publish and keep on sending in your work. Sometimes it won’t be accepted, sometimes it will be similar to twenty other pieces we’ve published and it still won’t be accepted (humans are like that) but that shouldn’t deter you.”
And, as we always say to potential submitters, read the journal and get a feel for the kind of work you think would fit.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
TUDOR: Birdfeast, The Offing, Tinderbox, Winter Tangerine and Muzzle are some of our current favourites.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
TUDOR: Send submissions (as a PDF attachment) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, please remember to take a look at our submission guidelines: readwildness.com/submit
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
TUDOR: Any queries can be sent to email@example.com
DEADLINE: Rolling basis (all submitted work will simply be considered for the next open issue)
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry and prose