Into the Void “is an award-winning print and online literary magazine and small press publisher dedicated to providing a platform for world-class fiction, flash, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art from people of all kinds all over the world, as well as literature, music and film reviews, interviews, and news and articles on all things arts and culture.” They are committed to giving writers and artists of all experience levels an opportunity. Print and digital issues are published quarterly, are affordably priced, and have gorgeous cover art. They are currently open for submissions and the next deadline is March 7, 2019.
Important note from their site: “Until we reach our Submittable-allotted monthly free submissions limit, there is no fee to submit but free submissions fill up extremely quickly. Thereafter you may submit via the Tip Jar but free submissions will resume on March 1st. Tip Jar submissions are a vital source of the income that allows us to run day-to-day, and are hugely appreciated.”
I wondered how and why this literary magazine came to be, so I asked Editor-in-Chief Philip Elliott and he kindly replied. See my interview with Elliott and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Into the Void.
ELLIOTT: Into the Void is a print and online literary magazine and small press publisher dedicated to providing a platform for excellent fiction, flash, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art from people of all kinds all over the world. We read submissions blind to further our mission of fairness and equality, and we pay our writers and intend on increasing how much we can pay over time.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
ELLIOTT: Everybody and anybody who has some kind of appreciation for literature and art, and even those who may not yet realize they do. One thing we hope to achieve at Into the Void is giving fresh energy to the world of literature, and introduce it to people, particularly younger people, who may feel excluded from that world due to their perception of it being traditional or elitist. Into the Void is kind of an outsider of the literary world in some respects, and so we’d love if people who feel somewhat excluded from or outside of that world could find a sense of welcome and belonging in Into the Void.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
ELLIOTT: Your best work. Work that means something to you. Work that is passionate and sincere and, often, simple. Anything goes, but keep it genuine.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but never comes in?
ELLIOTT: As fiction editor, I’d love to see more fun, simple stories told through mostly through action and dialogue rather than exposition and literary wanderings (Show vs Tell, basically). Show me some characters, throw them into a situation, and let’s watch them flail about trying to get out of it, with snappy, fun dialogue thrown in. Also humor! So many stories are super dark, which is cool, but humor in fiction is seriously underrated and such a joy to read when it works.
Poetry-wise, some poems we receive try to be many things at once, expressing multiple ideas and lacking focus. It would be nice to see more poems that narrow the focus and don’t try to be more complex than they need to be, which applies to structure as well.
Also, don’t be afraid to be weird!
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite journals?
ELLIOTT: Always an awful thing to have to choose just a few! I’ll pick some I have read or interacted with in some form recently. These litmags are excellent so I recommend everyone checking them out:
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
ELLIOTT: You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEADLINE: March 7, 2019
FORMAT: Digitally and print issues available
SUBMISSION FEE: None, until monthly free allotment is reached
Until we reach our Submittable-allotted monthly free submissions limit, there is no fee to submit but free submissions fill up extremely quickly. Thereafter you may submit via the Tip Jar but free submissions will resume on March 1st. Tip Jar submissions are a vital source of the income that allows us to run day-to-day, and are hugely appreciated.
PAYMENT: $5/page via PayPal only
FORMS: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, visual art