K’in Literary Journal is a new online literary journal founded currently reading for their fourth issue due out in November. Their third issue is now available. The format is easy to read and sectioned into poetry, fiction, nonfiction, featured author, and young writers (ages 12-17). Per their Editor-at-Large Mary Carroll-Hackett, they are looking for “Experimental, traditional, playful, prayerful, celebratory, challenging: human—try us. Show us a new way to tell one of the millions of stories under that glorious sun.”
I wondered how and why this literary journal came to be, so I asked Carroll-Hackett a few questions to find out. See my interview and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about K’in.
CARROLL-HACKETT: K’in is an online publication, housed currently at Longwood University, with the goal of making a place for a wide range of voices and diverse experiences, particularly making space for marginalized and underrepresented voices and writers. We publish twice a year, on May 1 and November 1.
The name K’in comes from the ancient Mayan Long Count Calendar system, with the word k’in corresponding to one day. It is the smallest unit of Maya time to be counted, and it usually appears as the last glyph in a long count date. A common translation of the word means “one passage under the sun,” and it is this translation that appealed to us, as editors, as readers, and as writers ourselves, the recognition of how, all over the planet, the stories, the poetry, the moment-to-moment memoirs, of what it means to be human are being written every day.
HOPKINSON: How/why was K’in originally started?
CARROLL-HACKETT: I’ve worked on multiple journals, dating back to my time as a grad student. I foundedThe Dos Passos Review, in conjunction with the Creative Writing program at Longwood, and edited it for ten years. I also founded Heartwood Literary Magazine,in support of the wonderful low-residency MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan College. But over all of those years, I dreamt of a different journal, one in line with how I personally see the world, a publication that celebrates diversity and the extraordinary beauty in the range of who we are as a species. One of my undergrad degrees is in cultural anthropology, so I am an avid student still of cross-cultural understanding and empathy. K’in is that dream journal finally becoming a reality.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
CARROLL-HACKETT: We want work that’s crafted well, obviously, but we’re also interested in work that takes risks, in form, and definitely in content, work that is willing to be emotionally vulnerable, open, seen. I have what I call the drive-home-factor. When I’m driving home, days after reading a submission, and an image, or a line, or a voice, comes back to me, in those quiet moments, then you know there’s something deeper, something more real, in that writing. We want to be haunted, want the work to follow us well after the read.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
CARROLL-HACKETT: Those I always look forward to reading include A Gathering of the Tribes, Room, Superstition Review, Crab Orchard, and Cultural Weekly. I love what Alexis Rhone Fancher is doing there with poetry. Newer pubs 🙂 I also really like MockingHeart Review.
HOPKINSON: Where can poets/writers send submissions?
CARROLL-HACKETT: Please see our submission guidelines. We read on a rolling basis, all year long, and accepting only through Submittable.
CARROLL-HACKETT: Email me or any of the editorial staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE: Open year-round
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, featured author, and young writers (ages 12-17)