Sinking City is the graduate-run literary journal of the MFA program at the University of Miami and is published online twice a year.
I wondered how and why this literary journal came to be, so I asked Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Lane Sutton and she kindly replied. See my interview with Sutton and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Sinking City.
SUTTON: Sinking City is the online literary magazine of the University of Miami. “Sinking City” takes its name from the fact that South Florida is literally descending into the ocean. As far as university-affiliated lit mags go, we’re a pretty new journal, now under our second generation of editors. We’re proud to showcase voices from places under environmental threat.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Sinking City originally started?
SUTTON: Sinking City was founded in 2016 by a group of Creative Writing MFA students in response to our changing environment and the imminent disaster threatened by climate change. Now in our third year, our mission has expanded beyond environmental issues, but we continue to be graduate-run, and the work we publish is usually inspired by place and identity.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
SUTTON: We want Sinking City to be accessible for everyone — that’s a big reason why we’re an online journal, and why we don’t charge for subscriptions or submission fees. Over the years, we have published many strong, female voices, as well as Latinx writers; I hope readers who share those identities will find works that resonate with them.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
SUTTON: Our current call is the broadest and most inclusive it’s ever been. While we have always published poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction, our current editorial team highly interested in work that exists outside of genre boundaries, such as lyric essays, prose poetry, and flash fiction. We also publish visual art in all mediums (so far, we’ve published paintings, photography, and mixed-media art). We’ve also launched a Special Features section, which is intended to feature online content such as interviews, book reviews, and investigative writing — we are accepting both pitches and completed works for this section.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but never comes in?
SUTTON: We are highly interested in multi-lingual writing. Although not every editor is a polyglot, multi-lingualism is an integral part of our studies and our day-to-day lives as students at the University of Miami. We’d love to see writing in any genre that blends or explores the tension between two or more languages.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite journals?
SUTTON: Black Warrior Review and Passages North are two graduate-run literary journals that are deeply inspiring to me as an editor. We also are lucky to be one of many graduate-run literary journals based in Florida; we’re especially fond of Gulf Stream, Swamp Ape Review, and The Florida Review.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
SUTTON: Folks can read the guidelines & access our submissions manager at the following link: http://sinkingcitylitmag.com/submit/
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
SUTTON: Tweet us (@SinkingCity) or find us on Instagram (@SinkingCityReview). You can also shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEADLINE: November 28, 2018
FORMAT: digitally online
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry, fiction, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, lyric essays, prose poetry, and visual art