Riddled with Arrows is a fairly new online literary journal, publishing quarterly. They are “dedicated to writing about writing. We seek (short) metafiction and metapoems, and writing that celebrates the process and product of writing as art.” Their current submission call is themed: “Objects & Artifacts” and they are looking for “writing-related fiction and metafiction, ars poetica, essays, visual art and non-classifiable written objects that explore the physical manifestations of the written world: think books, paper, letters, writing implements, stone tablets, engraved jewelry, illuminated manuscripts, gravestone etchings, writing on skin, holy texts, ancient scrolls, etc. We are also interested in submissions that incorporate physical written objects (found poems, epistolary fiction, collage, paper art, etc.).”
I was curious how and why this literary journal began, so I asked Editor-in-Chief Shannon Connor Winward a few questions to find out. See my interview with Connor Winward and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Riddled with Arrows.
CW: Riddled with Arrows is an online literary journal dedicated to writing about writing: metafiction and metapoems (ars poetica), and writing that celebrates the process and product of writing as art. We are zealously writer-friendly: we offer a modest payment for contributors, a super-fast turnaround on fee-free submissions and—when possible and warranted—a personal note for rejected work.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Riddled with Arrows originally started?
CW: I created Riddled with Arrows to fill a niche. There are so many journals and lit mags that specifically discourage writing about writing in their guidelines—it’s as if there is a taboo in the literary community against literature exploring itself. I think that’s ridiculous and unnecessarily limiting, and in a way it devalues what poets and writers do. With Riddled with Arrows we want to create a safe haven for poetry about poetry and prose about prose.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
CW: We’re definitely a journal for writers and lovers of the written word. In addition to celebrating the creative process of writing itself, we publish love notes to our favorite authors; we publish work that comments on other poems, work that furthers the literary conversation. Our hope with every issue is that writers who read us will come away reminded of why they do what they do. We want writers to be inspired and empowered to keep writing.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
CW: Riddled with Arrows exclusively publishes (short) metafiction/poetry and writing about writing. We are gleefully open to all genres and styles, though work that skimps on the meta- or writing-related part will be rejected. We keep things fresh by publishing themed issues—we love seeing writers rise to the challenge of work that is not only about writing but also bridges some particular creative aesthetic. We also have a preference for seasonally-appropriate motifs, though that last is optional.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
CW: I would love to see more creative non-fiction that is about writing, but we do not want the kind of essay or article you could find in any generic writing magazine. We want unusual, meta-, exploratory & lyrical stuff. From our guidelines, “we are particularly interested in non-fiction that plays with writing as culture, writing as art, writing as an evolving and even sentient thing. We want semantics and lexicons and discourse, philology, graphology, slang, libraries, magical tomes, alphabets, idiolects and interviews–go wild”
We also desperately need more submissions of visual art.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
CW: I’m really more of an opportunistic and eclectic reader—a literary omnivore—but in no particular order I am rather fond of: Literary Mama, The Cicada’s Cry, Liminality, Devilfish Review, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Eternal Haunted Summer, Eye to the Telescope, Gingerbread House, NewMyths.com, Pedestal, Rogue Agent, Wild Musette, Glass: A Poetry Journal, River Styx, The Sun, Flash Fiction Online…
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
CW: Check out our guidelines for submission details—there are some important specifics there, and we get cranky when it’s clear a submitter hasn’t read them: http://www.riddledwitharrows.com/guidelines/
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
CW: I can be most easily reached via the submission email address (see our guidelines page) or through Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shannon.connorwinward
We also have a Riddled with Arrows Facebook group where we share updates, writing-related news and meta-quips. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1119988778058094/
DEADLINE: Oct. 18, 2018
SUBMISSION FEE: None
PAYMENT: We believe authors and artists should be paid for their work. We offer USD 3¢/word, minimum $5, maximum $25 for previously unpublished poetry or prose and a $5 flat payment for reprints. For original visual art, we offer a flat $10 payment.
All payments will be issued through Paypal upon publication.
FORMS: fiction/metafiction, poetry/metapoetry, non-fiction, all forms of written work, visual art