Screen Door Review is a new quarterly literary magazine that publishes poetry, short stories, flash fiction, and comics authored by individuals belonging to the southern queer (lgbtq) community of the United States. They are open year round for submissions, but will finish reading for their first issue coming out in March around January 15, 2018.
I wondered how and why this lit mag came to be, so I asked editor Alesha Dawson and she kindly replied. See my interview with Dawson and submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Screen Door Review.
DAWSON: Screen Door Review is an online quarterly literary magazine that exists in order to help represent southern LGBTQ queer voices. We are brand new and only started accepting submissions on October 1st of this year.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Screen Door Review originally started?
DAWSON: Well, I used to be a part-time English professor at a couple different universities, however the job didn’t really pay the bills. So, I got a 9-5, but wanted to be able to keep the writing and the literature in my life as much as possible. I was a poetry editor for an independent literary journal once before, so I started looking around for other magazines that I could get involved with. I also happen to be a lesbian living in the South and thought I might find some sort of southern queer publication to apply to. Long story short, I didn’t find one and decided to start my own. After thinking about it for maybe a day or two, the vision for the magazine became very clear to me. We need a magazine like this, especially now. As a country, we need queer southern voices published in order to more clearly represent the literary face of the South. As southern queer individuals, we need our voices published because we deserve a home that respects our stories and celebrates our identities, instead of one that hides them in the closet. That’s what Screen Door is going to try to do.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
DAWSON: We are looking to publish within four categories at the moment: Poetry, Short Stories, Comics/Graphic Narratives, and Flash Fiction. The work itself does not need to be southern or queer in theme, however we do ask that the contributors themselves identify as both southern and queer.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite journals?
DAWSON: One of my absolute favorite literary magazines is the trans-Atlantic Dark Horse. They are published out of Baltimore and Edinburgh. I did my grad studies in Edinburgh and have a great respect for Scottish writing. I especially love the way this magazine connects and celebrates the international community of poets.
I am also currently guest editing an issue for cahoodaloodaling and have nothing but good things to say about them and their publications. Lovely magazine.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
DAWSON: We have a Submittable page up and running now that anyone can access through our website: screendoorreview.com. Our specific guidelines are listed on the site, as well. We are a quarterly magazine with rolling submissions, so no need to worry about a deadline. Once we reach capacity for one issue, we will start reading for the next.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
DEADLINE: Always open (To be in the first issue, submit before January 15, 2018)
NOTES: contributors themselves identify as both southern and queer
FORMAT: digitally online
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry, short stories, flash fiction, and comics