FIVE:2:ONE publishes quarterly print issues of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, art and interviews. They also publish an online daily journal #thesideshow, where they’d love to receive more submissions of visual, audio, and video poetry. They accept submissions year round.
I wondered how and why this lit mag came to be, so I asked Editor in Chief Nathan Alan Schwartz a few questions to find out. See my interview with Schwartz and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about FIVE:2:ONE.
SCHWARTZ: FIVE:2:ONE is a lit mag that lives beyond the literary norm. Basically, we are weird af. We are dedicated to giving a home to the voiceless and the marginalized. But, we are also a home for the mad scientists of the lit world that is to say we love experimentation and innovation in what we read. We are both online and in print issues. Our online journal #thesideshow is put out everyday, once a day. #thesideshow is primarily dedicated to flash fiction, micro poetry, nonfiction and art. We also have separate print issues that come out quarterly in February, May, August and November. We take submission year round for both.
HOPKINSON: How/why was FIVE:2:ONE originally started?
SCHWARTZ: Well, originally we started because I was working as a poetry editor for Sopphey Vance, the editor in chief of a magazine called ENHANCE. I loved doing that work so much that I wanted to start my own magazine. At that time I wasn’t a big fan of the gushy and romantic poetry that I was reading for Sopphey so, I wanted my magazine to be dedicated to a much different side of poetry. Coincidentally , I was obsessed with the strange and ethereal poetry of Jim Morrison. His stuff was dark, but it wasn’t Edgar Allan Poe dark, Jim’s poetry was stranger than Poe’s and it was dark in the way of soul searching; that’s what I wanted FIVE:2:ONE to be about, soul searching and exploring the dark sides of life. But, also we wanted to produce works that were outside of the literary norm and works that experimented with form and topic.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
SCHWARTZ: We are an eclectic bunch so we are open to almost anything and everything that anybody writes. However, we are mostly looking for the experimental, transgressive, progressive, surreal, bizarre and the downright weird. We want poems that talk about topics nobody writes about, we want poems that experiment with form and word play. We want fiction that breaks all the fiction rules, but still knows what they are. We want personal stories both strange and emotional for our essays. We want works that gives us feels and makes us want to throw things at the computer after reading it, or grab a bunch of tissues to wipe the boogies from our noses. We want to also laugh, so send us the funny ones too. We are also looking for art and comics that evoke these same things.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
SCHWARTZ: Some of my personal favorites are FLAPPERHOUSE, Reality Beach, Prelude, Flag+Void, Split Lip, McSweeny’s, deComp, Funhouse magazine, Lana Turner and Hobart. I am personally a lit mag nerd so I could list a bunch of them but those are the ones that I read often or that closely relate to F2O.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
SCHWARTZ: They can contact us for subs on our Submittable at https://five2onemagazine.submi ttable.com/submit. I am going to say this here! PLEASE PLEASE FOLLOW GUIDELINES CAREFULLY!
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
SCHWARTZ: If its a general question about submissions or about the mag in general we use: email@example.com. If it is about reviews/interviews we use firstname.lastname@example.org, and if its questions regarding stocking or anything like that then we use email@example.com.
DEADLINE: Year round
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, art and interviews
For #thesideshow: flash fiction, micropoetry, art and micrononfiction