Ink&Nebula is a new poetry journal “for established voices (Ink) and holding particular space for emerging ones (Nebula).” They accept submissions from both published (Ink submission) and previously unpublished poets (Nebula submission). By previously unpublished they mean “poets who do not have work that has been published by someone else – publishing on your own personal blogs or social media pages and other forms of self-publishing is ok.”
I wondered how and why this poetry journal came to be, so I asked Founder and Editor-in-Chief Fayce Hammond and they kindly replied. See my interview with Hammond and submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Ink&Nebula.
HAMMOND: Ink&Nebula is a poetry journal that is grounded in community and storytelling: we seek to publish poems from diverse voices, particularly aiming to pull together both established and emerging voices. We have two main sections: Ink, our general poetry section, and Nebula, our section for previously unpublished poets. We also offer an online introduction to writing poetry course geared toward folks who want to write poetry but think they can't.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Ink&Nebula originally started?
HAMMOND: In the conception of Ink&Nebula, I drew heavily from my Chickasaw heritage. I believe strongly in the power of storytelling as community, as a mode of resilience and survival, as a site of learning and healing, and as a way to build spaces and worlds for us to grow into. A huge part of this conception of storytelling community is the necessary space for youth and new voices. I'm so invested in young poets: the community and art form as a whole cannot survive if there aren't places for writers to grow and succeed and challenge themselves AND others! That's why it's so important for me that Ink&Nebula is intentional about making space where a mix of established and emerging voices can be in community together. I'm very lucky to have my friend, Ethan Rivera, on board who feels very similarly to me about storytelling and community building. This project is one that can only coalesce through multiple voices working together, on all fronts.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
HAMMOND: We're looking for work with strong narrative threads that take risks in both content and form. We're looking for work that builds worlds on its own and in conversation with other voices. We want work that speaks out and together. I personally love work that tackles nuance and complication and leaves me with more questions than answers but also leaves room for hope.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
HAMMOND: I would love to see more work that troubles narrative and poetry form and offers up something new and different. I also really love poetry that reaches toward community and kinship. I would especially love to see poems that do both of these things.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite journals?
HAMMOND: I love Dirty Paws Poetry Review, another small online press that publishes lovely and dynamic poems. Each new issue of BOAAT Press floors me. I've also been really enjoying reading The Mantle Poetry, which is run by a Columbus, Ohio poet and started up last year - I like seeing local work grow.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
HAMMOND: We take submissions through Green Submissions submissions manager. Folks should just let us know whether they're submitting to Ink or Nebula. There's more information available at inkandnebula.com/submissions.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
DEADLINE: August 1, 2019
FORMAT: digitally online
SUBMISSION FEE: None