On Loan From the Cosmos is a new “literary magazine celebrating the radical self-acceptance of everything that comprises who we are in our entirety” publishing art, writing, and interviews. Their mission is to “showcase our strength, capabilities and beauty in spite of, alongside, or because of our physical and mental disabilities, illnesses, conditions--everything that makes us, us!” They are accepting previously published work until May 1, 2020. They are always open for new work and it will be published on a rolling basis.
I am excited to be included in this project! You can read founder and editor Courtney Cook’s interview with me, just published this week, along with the wonderful illustrations she creates of each interviewee. (The one she did of me is on the left).
I was intrigued by this unique approach and was pleased to interview Cook in return. See my interview and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: How/why was On Loan From the Cosmos. originally started?
COOK: On Loan began as a body-positive oriented illustration project focused on women and non-binary individuals. I (Courtney Cook) interviewed individuals active in the self-acceptance/body-positive space, created an accompanying illustration of them, and posted these features to our (at-the-time) blog, and Instagram. However, I soon felt that only sharing interviews by women and non-binary folks wasn't large enough to encapsulate what I was trying to accomplish. Thus, On Loan expanded into a literary magazine devoted to serving all identities that features poetry, nonfiction, art, and comics, alongside the interviews we started out with.
I believe it's important to note that I recently received the education that though my mission and ideals are aligned with the body-positive movement, as a thin, cis, relatively able-bodied white woman, the movement is not mine to co-opt or be part of. After learning this, On Loan shifted our language from 'body-positive' to 'radical self-acceptance', adapted our mission statement, and rewrote the questions we ask in our interviews.
I appreciate receiving this education greatly, and apologize for taking up space in a movement that was not created for, and isn't for, me or individuals like me. I am learning everyday and am always striving to be better and less harmful in my actions, words, and thoughts.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
COOK: On Loan's target audience is anyone seeking to engage with quality writing and art that focuses, in some vague way, on self-acceptance. We aim to be as inclusive as possible and welcome anyone to contribute to our magazine as well as read it!
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
COOK: On Loan most appreciates work that's surprising in nature and doesn't speak about self-acceptance directly. We love subtly and the unexpected! We encourage those interested in submitting to check out the work we've already featured to get a feel for our voice.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
COOK: Comics! We adore comics and would love to see more submissions of them.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
COOK: Personally, I love The Rumpus, Hobart Pulp, Wax Nine, Joyland, Electric Literature, Pank, Catapult, Luna Luna…
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with On Loan From the Cosmos?
COOK: Well, I'm currently the founder and sole volunteer running On Loan, but I love seeing my vision for this magazine come to life, and getting to share good news with those who I choose to publish. I also love illustrating those who are interviewed!
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
COOK: Please send your submissions to email@example.com! Include a single document containing your submission, a 3rd person bio, why you think your work is a fit for our magazine, and your social handles!
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Year-round (previously published work until May 1)
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: essays, comics, art, poetry, request to be interviewed