Kahini Magazine is the literary monthly print magazine for Kahini members: submissions, however, are open to all and accepted year-round. Contributors receive a subscription to the magazine and $100 payment!
I wondered how and why this magazine came to be, so I asked Americas Director and Kahini Magazine Editor Jordan Hartt a few questions to find out. See my interview with Hartt and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Kahini Magazine.
HARTT: Kahini is a writing group that presents writing workshops in six different locations around the world, and Kahini magazine is our monthly literary magazine. We publish craft lectures, interviews, and a plethora of new artistic work. We pay $100 usd per acceptance, and although the magazine goes out only to members, submissions are open to all. Writers selected for publication also receive a free year’s subscription to the magazine.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Kahini originally started?
HARTT: We launched in May, 2018. The craft lectures and interviews are designed to deepen the craft of writers; the new artistic work that we publish is designed to present contemporary literature in a beautifully designed way, direct to our members. The reason behind the magazine was twofold: one, to keep our members constantly receiving new craft and inspiration; and two, because we believe that a writer’s work has monetary value. If it’s good, it deserves to be paid for. So far this year, with several months still to go, we’ve paid out $9,500 to writers, and hope to increase that in 2019.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
HARTT: It’s almost impossible to describe, but we’re looking for unforgettable work. Work that moves the reader. Our best advice for writers is in the words of Francis Ford Coppola ("You cannot make art without risk") and Ian McEwan: "Very few novels earn their length." Or this, from Annie Dillard: "One of the things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better. These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water." Really: we’re looking for your unique artistic voice, honed to absolutely its highest, deepest, most perfect pitch. But what that specifically looks like, I can’t say until I see it.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
HARTT: If I knew, I’d write it myself! The joy of opening a new submission is that you don’t know what you’re going to find.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
HARTT: The ones I subscribe to are the Seattle Review, Tin House, the Paris Review, the New Yorker, and Harpers. The ones I buy at newsstands are about a dozen each year, including the Bellingham Review, Fourteen Hills, the Florida Review, Water~Stone, and many others.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
HARTT: All submissions and queries should be sent to our general email address at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we know you, and have worked with you for awhile, you’ll receive a more direct email address and we’re usually in contact via phone, Skype, or WhatsApp, as well, depending on your global location. But our general email is monitored daily and is the best way to reach us for someone new to Kahini.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
HARTT: Until you’re one of our writers, email@example.com is the best way to contact us. We get back to you usually within twenty-four hours.
DEADLINE: Open year-round
SUBMISSION FEE: None
PAYMENT: $100 usd
FORMS: poetry, prose, cross-genre work, craft lectures, and interviews
NOTES: Does not send rejections, only acceptances. “Chosen work is responded to within ninety days of your submission. If you do not hear from us within ninety days, that particular work has not been selected.”