Human/Kind Journal is a new quarterly online literary journal of “poetry, prose, art, and hybrids that examines and reflects on the human experience, social structures, injustices, culture, current events, and history. In a world fraught with division, we’ve created this space to focus on our commonalities as humans and embrace our differences as individuals.” They are currently open for submissions with the optional theme of “(be)longing, crystallization, grace, renewal, sublimation.” You can read more about what they are looking for on their Mission & History page.
I wanted to know more about how and why this literary journal began, so I asked Managing Editor Grix some questions to find out. See my interview and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Human/Kind Journal.
GRIX: Human/Kind Journal is a quarterly online publication dedicated to the honest examination of the human experience. We publish poetry, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, Japanese short-forms, art, photography, hybrids, and experimental works of a topical nature. We are an inclusive space, intent on lifting up underrepresented voices within a safe environment.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Human/Kind Journal originally started?
GRIX: Originally, Human/Kind only published Japanese short-forms and art; it was born of a need I recognized as there are few spaces that focus on important humancentric topics within those genres. When we launched, we had four editors; we recently added two more as we gear up for 2020 with the addition of general poetry, creative nonfiction, and flash fiction. After a year of only featuring Japanese short-forms, I felt these additional genres were needed to live up to Human/Kind’s goals of inclusivity and the promotion of underrepresented creators.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
GRIX: Anyone who enjoys well-crafted, painfully honest writing and art that push boundaries, expand the mind, and question the status quo.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
GRIX: We’re looking for work that has an element of the brilliantly unexpected, that is courageous in craft and concept, that keeps calling us back, that smacks us in the face with truth, that uses language and images in innovative ways, that focuses on something readers might not have otherwise considered.
HOPKINSON: What kind of submissions would you like to see more of?
GRIX: We don’t often get pieces that are quite as pointed as they could be when it comes to calling out social constructs and injustice. We love ample and appropriate use of space but sometimes certain topics call for being concise and direct. My hope is that the genres we’re adding for 2020 will allow for more of those types of submissions.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
GRIX: We have a very wide range as far as personal tastes, as seen in the other magazines we edit, but favorites that feature work that I’d love to publish are: Barren Magazine, Cotton Xenomorph, Foglifter, Glass Poetry, Hellebore, Homology Lit, Rogue Agent Journal, Shade Literary Arts . . . I could go on and on, there are so many fantastic journals right now.
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with Human/Kind Journal?
GRIX: My favorite part of Human/Kind is just having the honor to read the words and view the images that relay the emotions of their creators. Whether we accept something or pass on it, I always learn something about humanity from our submissions. It is very humbling.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
GRIX: We accept submissions via email. We urge potential submitters to please review our guidelines and submission windows at our Regular Submissions Page. Also, if they aren’t familiar with the type of work we’re interested in, check out our last full issue of 2019. We have been on hiatus and are excited about our relaunch on January first when we reopen for submissions.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
GRIX: People are welcome to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us through Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram (email tends to get the quickest response). If people are interested in keeping up with updates, they can sign up for our quarterly newsletter at the bottom of our home page.
DEADLINE: January 21, 2020
OPTIONAL THEME: (be)longing, crystallization, grace, renewal, sublimation
SUBMISSION FEE: None
PAYMENT: $3 – $10 “Contributors will be paid $5 for each poem, prose, art, video, experimental or hybrid piece and $3 for each micropoem. For each issue, two pieces will be selected to be highlighted by our Interview Editors. Those contributors who are interviewed will receive $10 for their contribution.
We believe the creative arts are important and creators should receive compensation. While we aren’t able to pay as much as we’d like, we hope our contributors will accept our token payment as a promise to continue to work towards doing more for them as we are able.”
- General Poetry
- Micropoetry (Haiku, Senryu, Tanka, Cherita, and informal forms six lines or less)
- Creative Non-fiction and Flash Fiction (under 1000 words)
- Haibun, Tanka Prose, other Haikai Hybrids
- Visual Art (art, collage/hybrids, haiga, shahai, and/or photos)
- Experimental Works
SUBMISSION METHOD: Email