Storyscape is an online literary journal publishing stories, essays, poems, hybrids, visual art, and audio work. They also occasionally publish a print anthology and chapbooks. They have a unique approach to categorizing the work they publish, which you can read more about in the interview below. They are currently open for no fee submissions until November 1, 2018. Regular submissions are open year-round.
I wondered how and why this lit mag came to be, so I asked Editor in Chief Alyssa Songsiridej and she kindly replied. See my interview with Songsiridej and submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Storyscape.
SONGSIRIDEJ: Instead of Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry, Storyscape publishes pieces under Truth, Untruth, and We Don’t Know and They Won’t Tell Us. Authors decide which category they want their work to appear under. The goal isn’t to do away with categories entirely, but to be able to collect and give voice to a wider array of stories. We are 100% volunteer run and publish issues twice a year online, with print anthologies and chapbooks printed when we can.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Storyscape originally started?
SONGSIRIDEJ: Storyscape was started in 2008 by Anne Hays, a Sarah Lawrence graduate who wanted to see a place for stories that didn’t quite fit in either fiction or nonfiction. She came up with the journal’s categories as a way to fill that space and provide a platform for unusual work.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
SONGSIRIDEJ: Storyscape publishes stories, essays, poems, hybrids, visual art, and audio work. We have a soft spot for work that is formalistically experimental and daring—shorter prose pieces, nonlinear narratives, fragmentation, erasure poems, you name it. We’re also always looking for strong pieces from individuals that have not been given as much attention or publication in the past. And we’re still a sucker for a clean, well-crafted story.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
SONGSIRIDEJ: We always want more work that pushes the “We Don’t Know and They Won’t Tell Us” category in surprising ways. The section is left deliberately open-ended, giving the author more control. We also love the category because it keeps something for the author, a mystery that gives the work a different charge.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite journals?
SONGSIRIDEJ: A Public Space, One Story, The Believer, Granta, The Offing, Noon, Full Stop, No Tokens, and many, many more.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
SONGSIRIDEJ: We accept submissions through our Submittable page year-round, with free reading periods in the spring and fall. Our fall free submission period for this year closes on Nov 1st.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
SONGSIRIDEJ: The best way to reach us is at firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE: November 1, 2018 (no fee)
FORMAT: digitally online, occasional anthologies and chapbooks in print
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS:stories, essays, poems, hybrids, visual art, and audio work
DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/3215 with editor interview