Explicit Literary Journal is a new online literary journal “dedicated to showcasing the visual art and writing of non speaking and semi speaking disabled writers and artists.”
I wanted to know more about this new journal, so I asked founder Jasper Rubin Hardin some questions to find out. See my interview with Hardin and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Explicit Literary Journal.
HARDIN: Explicit Literary Journal is by and for non speaking and semi speaking disabled writers and visual artists. The goal is to amplify the voices of a community that often go ignored.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Explicit Literary Journal originally started?
HARDIN: Explicit was started after I noticed that there was a gap in the platforms given to those of us in the literary community that do not communicate through speech. Or those of us that become nonverbal in loud environments such as poetry slams. I wanted to create a project and community that dismantled this issue as well as make a place for non speaking and semi speaking art to be shared without judgement and shame.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
HARDIN: Anyone who feels like they need to read this kind of work. Whether its people within the community who are looking for representation or non disabled people who want to support disabled artists.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
HARDIN: Raw, honest work. Work that tells stories that aren’t told other wise. Work that explores new universes. Work that the creator needed to put on the page.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
HARDIN: I’d love to see comic strips. As well as short fantasy stories and music reviews.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
HARDIN: I adore Fairy Tale Review, Half Mystic, Crab Fat, Barking Sycamores, Winter Tangerine, Deaf Poets Society, Voice Mail Poems and the archived journal Black Napkin Press.
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with Explicit Literary Journal?
HARDIN: Running my own journal has been such an illuminating experience. I’ve learned so much as both a leader and artist.
HOPKINSON: Where can we send submissions?
HARDIN: Submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
HARDIN: I can be contacted at email@example.com.
DEADLINE: February 7, 2020
NOTES: Limited demographic: contributors must be non speaking or semi speaking.
SUBMISSION FEE: None
PAYMENT: None “We are unable to offer payment for your submissions at this time. We also do not charge a submission fee. Because of this we are currently applying to grants, and are open to donations.”
FORMS: poetry, short fiction and nonfiction, visual art
SUBMISSION METHOD: Email