NonBinary Review is the literary journal of Zoetic Press. They publish four themed issues every year. From their About page: “We take existing works of fiction in the public domain, and invite authors to re-invent those works. From Grimm’s fairy tales to Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, we look for authors to fill in some backstory, apply the plot to new situations, or take the characters in new directions.”
You can see the first seven issues of NonBinary Review online for free. For issue 8 and beyond, you can purchase full issues from the Zoetic Press website (where they’re available in pdf, epub, and Kindle versions) or on Amazon. Each week, we also bring you our online feature Alphanumeric, which presents a new story that fits into their current issue. My poem “Strange Verses” was featured on Alphanumeric last year.
I wondered how and why this lit mag came to be, so I asked guest Managing Editor Kolleen Carney Hoepfner a few questions to find out. See my interview with Carney and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about For the Sonorous.
CARNEY HOEPFNER: NonBinary Review is a quarterly literary journal; we use an already-existing piece of literature (The Little Prince for the last issue, A Wrinkle in Time for this current issue) as a springboard for new writing. Our submissions are inspired by the source material, and it’s always a rich blend of new takes and thoughtful analyses.
HOPKINSON: How/why was NonBinary Review originally started?
CARNEY HOEPFNER: Originally, we were looking for a way to showcase our new e-reader, and existing classics seemed like the best way. But we eventually moved away from the software and it was obvious that the model of NBR was something people found engaging and interesting, so we kept it going.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
CARNEY HOEPFNER: Honestly, I feel like that it is sort of a fluid audience… we have contributors from all ages and backgrounds. Since the themes change, the audience tends to change, too, and I like to think we have an issue for everyone. Don’t like fairy tales, but love YA sci fi? We have something for you. Can’t stand fantasy but love urban legends? We have something for you. It’s always changing, and I like that.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
CARNEY HOEPFNER: We are looking for work that comes from a place of genuine love and appreciation for the source material. You can always tell when someone is sort of just throwing stuff at a general idea of an issue without really having read the actual book or whatever. We don’t want a rehash or retelling, either. We want characters that have been made your own, or plot points that weren’t on the original page–anything that breathes new life into these well-known and sometimes tired works.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
CARNEY HOEPFNER: Personally, I love a good personal essay. I tend to write a lot of things about why a book (or movie or band or whatever) means something to me, or how it affected me at a certain moment in my life. I feel like we don’t get those as often, and I really love them.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
CARNEY HOEPFNER: I’m biased because I’m the EIC, but Drunk Monkeys is great! Lately I am into Glass, Occulum, Moonchild Magazine, Cotton Xenomorph, Memoir Mixtapes, Blue Fifth Review…I feel like I am often too busy to spend as much time as I would like reading, so I have been making it a priority lately to really focus on that.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
CARNEY HOEPFNER: Our submittable portal is here: https://nonbinaryreview.submittable.com
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
DEADLINE: April 23, 2018
SUBMISSION FEE: None
PAYMENT: “NonBinary Review asks for first worldwide electronic rights, and pays 1 cent per word for fiction and nonfiction, $10 flat rate for poetry, and $25 flat rate for art.”
FORMS: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, visual art