Homology Lit is a new Pacific Northwest-based quarterly online literary magazine for people of color, queer folks, and people with disabilities, founded by Savannah Slone in July 2018. They are currently open for submissions of visual art, poetry, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction for their first issue coming out in January 2019.
I wondered how and why this literary magazine came to be, so I asked founder and Editor-in-Chief Savannah Slone and she kindly replied. See my interview with Slone and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Homology Lit.
SLONE: Homology Lit is an online literary magazine for people of color, queer folks, and people with disabilities. We have an editorial staff of roughly twenty folks of diverse backgrounds, in terms of ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, publication histories, and geographic location. Homology Lit launched this past July and we are currently reading for our first issue, which is set to release on January 1st, 2019.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Homology Lit originally started?
SLONE: I started Homology Lit because I wanted a magazine that was specifically and exclusively for typically underrepresented voices. I was having trouble finding a space to insert myself into, so I decided to launch my own. I’m a big believer in creating your own community if you’re not finding one that works for you. That’s what we’re doing here. We work very closely, as a team, and plan to create a family of sorts between ourselves and our contributors, vowing to continue supporting them far beyond their publication with us.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
SLONE: I most expect fellow marginalized folks to read Homology Lit and am motivated by the idea of others feeling less alone as a result of diverse representation being present. However, I would love for anyone and everyone to read our quarterly issues and hold space for the gorgeous, underrepresented voices who have stories to share.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
SLONE: Homology Lit is looking for visual art, poetry, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction. We are also open to hybrid and experimental work. The reading period for Issue One closes on October 31st.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but never comes in?
SLONE: We are seeing tons of incredible, moving work. At this point, I’m being blown away by a plethora of submissions in each genre that pleasantly surprise me–that stick with me. To better answer this question, though, we would like to receive more visual art submissions than we currently do.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite journals?
SLONE: To name a few: Nepantla, Raspa Magazine, Francis House, Half Mystic Press, The Brown Orient, Lambda Literary, Crab Fat Magazine, TRACK//FOUR, Dirty Paws Poetry, Yes Poetry, Anomaly, rose quartz journal, Muzzle Magazine, Winter Tangerine, The Offing, Waxwing Journal, and Apogee.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
SLONE: For those interested in submitting to Homology Lit, we ask that they first review our submission guidelines (www.homologylit.com/submit) and then send their work our way at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
SLONE: If anyone has questions about Homology Lit, they are more than welcome to reach out at email@example.com.
DEADLINE: October 31, 2018
Reading periods for upcoming issues:
- Issue 2 reading period: Jan 8-Feb 28
- Issue 3 reading period: April 8-June 30
- Issue 4 reading period: Aug 8-Sept 31
- Issue 5 reading period: October 8-November 30
FORMAT: digitally online
NOTES: submissions open to people of color, queer folks, and people with disabilities
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: visual art, poetry, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction