Doubleback Review is a new online journal under Sundress Publications and Doubleback Books. They are specifically looking for work previously published in other journals that have since gone defunct. “Doubleback Review wants to hit the pause button on art that may slip from the public’s eye (and therefore lose its potential for connection). It wants to resurrect your retired darlings, your dead art, your beautiful zombies — pieces that, like rare and precious artifacts, are worth dusting off, airing out, and putting out on display.”
Their first issue will come out in October and they will publish two issues per year, in April and October.
I wondered how and why this journal came to be, so I asked Managing Editor Krista Cox and she kindly replied. See my interview with Cox and submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Doubleback Review. How/why was Drunk Monkeys originally started?
COX: DBR is the newly-birthed child of Sundress Publications, and affectionate sibling of Doubleback Books. We’re an online journal that publishes pieces of any genre that were previously published at journals that, sadly, are now defunct. In other words, we give dead work new life—like zombies. Our editorial staff is comprised of some of the most focused, thoughtful, and over-achieving groups of people I’ve had the pleasure to work with. They believe as deeply in our mission as I do, and they’re great writers, to boot! I’m really excited about this project. You can expect our first issue in October!
HOPKINSON: How/why was Doubleback Review originally started?
COX: We believe connection and empathy are vital to repairing the wounds of our world, and that their most powerful generator is art. When a journal folds, its work is often lost to the world—and, since it’s terribly rare for journals to accept reprints, that can mean it’s gone forever. Doubleback Review was started to hit the pause button on art that may slip from the public’s eye, and therefore lose its potential for connection, and to give writers a chance to revive their lost work.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
COX: Our pieces are essentially “double-vetted” (first by the original publication, second by our editors), so we expect to put out a journal that’s twice as good as any other. I mean, beans are good, but refried beans? Even better. So we’re targeting people who like the best things, and/or refried beans.
More seriously, we hope we’ll attract readers who share our interest in keeping literature alive and kicking, and supporting writers who were left in the lurch by a journal’s unfortunate passing. Our readership gets the unique pleasure of helping to resurrect dead art!
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
COX: We only accept pieces that were previously published in a journal that went defunct and which is not archived online. Because we’re such a niche market, we don’t have many limitations as to genre, form, or aesthetic.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
COX: Our editorial staff is committed to lifting the voices of traditionally marginalized groups, so we’d specifically love to receive more work from people of color, the LGBTQI+ community, people with disabilities, immigrants, and other people who face prejudice and discrimination because of their identity.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite journals?
COX: I love Moonchild Magazine, Cotton Xenomorph, Occulum, Five 2 One, Rabid Oak, Connotation Press. One publication I think people should be reading and paying attention to is Lammergeier. It’s new but it is really solid and I would love to see it succeed.
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with Drunk Monkeys?
COX: As a poet myself, I expect my list will skew toward poetry. I adore the journals under the Sundress umbrella like Rogue Agent and Pretty Owl Poetry. I think Waxwing publishes more pieces that take my breath away than any other. I try and try to get work accepted at Adroit. And I think Glass Poetry Press is doing great work and is one of the most supportive, community-minded presses out there.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
COX: We accept submission through our submission manager at http://doublebackreview.com/submit/. We accept submissions on a rolling basis.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
DEADLINES: Always open (rolling)
“We will respond to submissions on or before the first of the month prior to the release of the next issue (i.e., September 1 or March 1).”
FORMAT: digitally online
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry, flash fiction, short prose