Another amazing submission opportunity from the folks at Golden Walkman Magazine for a project they are calling “Tapes from the Outside.” Twice a month on the 15th and the 20th they will publish current event writing, either prose or poetry–including an optional audio file.
For more current event lit mags, check out my recent post: 22 lit mags/journals to send your current event poems.
Golden Walkman Magazine “is a literary magazine in the form of a podcast aimed at giving the written word a voice. In that vein, all work accepted and published will be presented solely through that medium – which is audio. No printed words, online or otherwise (except the ones you’re reading right now.)” To read more about GWM and what their looking for, continue reading my interview with their founder David Walker below.
HOPKINSON: How/why was this Tapes from the Outside originally started?
WALKER: The world has been a bit much over the past few years. Whether we’re talking about environmental super-storms, political absurdity, or yet another mass shooting; I feel like we’re constantly redefining tragedy. Specifically, I was reeling from the Las Vegas shooting when I felt like we were missing an opportunity to add our voice to the amazing outlets already urging for work that had more immediacy. We have unique positioning that allows us to actually give poets an audio voice, which is another reason for us to join the conversation. Our podcast format also lends itself to a more frequent release schedule, so everything really fit too perfectly to ignore.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
WALKER: Aside from work that is in response to recent events, we’re looking for submissions that attempt to slice through the overwhelming bleakness that seems to be constantly hovering. We’re not excluding realistically negative takes on the dark circumstances we find ourselves in, but more than anything, we want these submissions to be part of the healing process. And we also want submissions that are celebrations of historic milestones. There’s so much good in humanity that we don’t want people to lose sight of.
HOPKINSON: What are you hoping will be submitted?
WALKER: Writing that has a clear and urgent voice, that we can’t ignore because it won’t let us, that will sing when read aloud. We want work that plays with sound but doesn’t let it cheapen the writing to bad karaoke. We also want work that whispers because it really needs us to listen.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
WALKER: To stay on brand, I’ll mention a couple of journals that ask specifically for submissions in response to current events. Poets Reading the News is a really cool mag that pairs high-quality photos with the work they publish and Rise Up Review’s use of Facebook to disseminate their mission of resistance is always an inspiring surprise on my timeline scroll.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
WALKER: firstname.lastname@example.org – after reading the guidelines, of course.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
WALKER: Same email as above but also by messaging our Facebook page (https://facebook.com/goldwalkmag/)
DEADLINE: 10th/15th monthly
FORMS: poetry and prose