Rough Cut Press is an new online literary journal (with plans to soon release print issues) publishing visual art and short prose and poetry of 650 words or less.
I wanted to know more about what they are up to, so I asked them a few questions to find out. See my interview with Editor-in-Chief Amanda Lezra as well as a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Rough Cut Press.
LEZRA: Rough Cut Press is a digital (and soon-to-be-print!) journal that releases a monthly dose of visual art, poetry, and nonfiction. We are specifically interested in publishing emerging and established voices from within the international LGBTQIA community. We just launched an initiative called artists TALK, in which we interview influential activists about their work and their process.
HOPKINSON: Why was Rough Cut Press originally started?
LEZRA: Our initial idea was simple: to build a (free) platform for a multiplicity of voices to converge, and to compensate all contributing artists from day one. Separately, we were interested in the politics of curation: who gets published with whom, why, and what these choices ultimately say. We edit each issue with this in mind.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
LEZRA: Our readers seek emotional impact. What we publish tends to resonate with those who are interested in exploring power, play, systematic inequality, sex, sexuality, gender, phobias, activism, and something like magic (or mysticism).
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
LEZRA: Personal, political, precise, raw, lyrical, critical, and experimental; the stuff only you can write.
HOPKINSON: Where can we send submissions?
LEZRA: We do not charge a submission fee or a subscription fee, and we compensate each published artist. Written submissions are limited to 650 words. We read year-round. You can submit here.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Year round
FORMAT: Online (print in the future)
SUBMISSION FEE: None
SUBMISSION METHOD: Web site form
PAYMENT: $25.00 as compensation per published written piece
FORMS: visual art, prose and poetry less than 650 words