Vox Viola Literary Magazine is a new lit mag “created to empower and inspire women through the written word and visual arts.” They feature poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual arts.
I was curious how and why this art and literary magazine began, so I asked Founder and Editor Rachael Lin Wheeler a few questions to find out. See my interview with Wheeler and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Vox Viola.
WHEELER: Vox Viola Literary Magazine is an online journal created to amplify the rich and diverse experiences of women. We publish poetry, prose, and visual art, and our first issue launched in November 2019.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Vox Viola originally started?
WHEELER: Vox Viola grew out of the belief that, in the face of patriarchy, sharing and taking in the complexities of perspectives among women is a beautiful and meaningful form of resistance. The publication is also built on the belief that extending one’s attention toward others and their stories brings the world closer together, and art and language are such lovely vessels for doing just that.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
WHEELER: We welcome anyone who is open and eager to absorb these women’s voices and the stories they tell.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
WHEELER: Vox Viola seeks out raw, lyrically inventive, and passionate work— any piece that holds resonance and truth. Needless to say, we do not accept any work based in hate or any of the “-isms.”
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
WHEELER: We would love to see more pieces specifically created in collaboration (although all art is, to varying extents, collaborative).
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
WHEELER: Oh, there are so many! To name a few, I am a huge fan of The Adroit Journal, THRUSH, The Offing, The Shallow Ends, and Winter Tangerine. Sixth Finch, Lantern Review, DIALOGIST, and Foundry are also wonderful.
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with Vox Viola?
WHEELER: I am constantly learning about others’ experiences through their work, which is always such an honor. The strength, wit, and compassion across the women-identifying community never ceases to inspire me. I have also been grateful for how full of kindness and support the literary magazine world is.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
WHEELER: You can find out how to submit to Vox Viola here: https://voxviola.com/submit/.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
DEADLINE: Always Open
THEME: Demographic limited to people who identify as women
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual arts
SUBMISSION METHOD: Online website form
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Twitter Profile URL: https://twitter.com/VoxViola
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