Sin Fronteras Journal “is a non‑profit literary arts organization in Las Cruces, NM, devoted to encouraging a community of established and emerging writers, developing audiences for these writers, and giving voice to those whose voices may not be heard.” They are currently open for fiction, poetry, nonfiction, aesthetic reviews, as well as short plays.
I was fortunate enough to meet managing editor Ellen Young at AWP in March and wanted to know more about what this organization is up to, so I interviewed her to find out. See my interview with Young and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Sin Fronteras originally started?
YOUNG: Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders Journal was started in 1996 as a place where local poets who couldn’t get into the University’s journal could be published. The coming issue will be our 25th annual issue. It has expanded its reach gradually, and there have been many changes in leadership. Since we started an online presence a few years ago, we have contributors from across North America and even beyond.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
YOUNG: We want our journal to reach people like us – poets who believe in a community of poetry and want to be exposed to a wide range of styles—and non-poet readers who appreciate good language.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
YOUNG: We are primarily, but not exclusively, a poetry journal. We are particularly interested in poems that touch on border issues—we are located inside the southern border with Mexico—but other borders interest us as well, borders between people, the border of life and death; we want a mix of topics, not all serious, and a mix of formal and free verse work.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
YOUNG: We’d like to see a bit more formal poetry and also more high-quality prose. The last issue had only one fiction piece because the submissions were limited. We’d prefer to have two or three, But the majority of the work is poetry, around 40 contributors in each issue.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
YOUNG: The answer to this question would differ depending on which of the poetry editors you ask. Some of my personal favorites are Slant, Common Ground, the Kerf, Red Coyote.
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with Sin Fronteras?
YOUNG: Our staff is all volunteer and we are in it for the love of literature. It’s very collegial. I get status as “managing editor” because I handle the website and download the emails. What we select is always by agreement among the editors.
HOPKINSON: Where can we send submissions?
YOUNG: To submit, begin by reading the instructions at www.sinfronterasjournal.com. We prefer email submissions, but still accept snail mail at the address of our fiduciary umbrella organization.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
If your questions aren’t answered on the website, query at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEADLINE: June 30, 2020
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, aesthetic reviews, short plays
SUBMISSION METHOD: Email