Blanket Sea is an arts & literary magazine dedicated to showcasing the work of artists and writers living with chronic illness, mental illness, and disability. Their first poem went up today, so you can go check out what kind of work they are looking for.
I wondered how and why this magazine came to be, so I asked Editor-in-Chief Alana Saltz a few questions to find out. See my interview with Saltz and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Blanket Sea.
SALTZ: Blanket Sea is an arts & literary magazine dedicated to showcasing work by writers and artists living with chronic illness, mental illness, and disability. We accept poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, reviews, and visual art. We publish accepted work on our blog on a rolling basis. We’re always open to submissions and charge no fees.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Blanket Sea originally started?
SALTZ: As someone who has lived with chronic illness, mental illness, and disability for most of my life, I’ve found it challenging to find outlets for my work. There aren’t many dedicated spaces where writers and artists with disability can feel safe and welcome, especially in the literary and art worlds, so I wanted to create a space and community like that.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
SALTZ: I hope that anyone and everyone will read the work featured on Blanket Sea. Although the work is by people living with disability, I want the content to be experienced by anyone with an interest in writing, creativity, and the arts.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
SALTZ: We want work that is compelling and moving. Above all else, we’re looking for honesty, truth, and openness. While the work itself doesn’t need to directly address the experiences of those living with illness and disability, we encourage submissions along those lines, especially because those are the types of submissions that other magazines might reject because they have a quota for work about disability or don’t feel qualified to handle or publish it.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
SALTZ: We’d love more poetry and visual art.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
SALTZ: Deaf Poets Society, Tin House, Words Dance, Foundry, and Rogue Agent.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
SALTZ: Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEADLINE: Rolling, first issue deadline, Feb. 28, 2018
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, art
NOTES: Accepts reprints