The whorticulturalist is a new feminist online magazine “concerned with sex, love, power, money, and desire, this is a publication curated by women, and written mainly by women.”
Of course, I needed to know more about how this magazine was created and what they’re looking for in submissions, so I asked Editor-in-Chief Pattie Bee a few questions to find out. See my interview with Bee and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about the whorticulturalist.
BEE: The whorticulturalist is a feminist magazine that seeks to understand the power dynamics at hand when we think about sex, culture, intimacy, and the erotic. It acknowledges that female sexuality is often a form of unpaid labour, and we seek the explore the creative ways that women are rebalancing the scale.
HOPKINSON: How/why was the whorticulturalist originally started?
BEE: I grew up in a very conservative Christian household with a very toxic abstinence-only based sex education. It led to a lot of trauma in my life, including sexual violence, but more than that, a deep misunderstanding that sex could be enjoyable, and didn’t need to be shameful. I have since been very interested in exploring this topic in a more thoughtful and critical manner, hence this magazine.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
BEE: Anyone is welcome to read our magazine, but we consider ourselves a home to women of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, colors, and sexual identities who are seeking to expand their understandings of sex, sexuality, and feminine power.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
BEE: We look for think-pieces, critiques of modern culture, erotica, memoirs, personal essays, current culture reviews (film, books, podcasts etc), poetry, and art.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
BEE: I’d love to see more work from sex workers. As a former sex worker myself, I understand that our voices are often marginalized, however, our perspective on the value systems of sex work and power in modern society is unique and also extremely impactful.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
BEE: We love Killer and a Sweet Thing, Nylon, The Cut, and Bitch.
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with the whorticulturalist?
BEE: I’ve run a literary magazine before (Bitterzoet) and really loved it. I love creating a platform that people want to read and interact with, but this time around, I’m excited to enact radical change with the work we produce, and create a community that actively supports one another.
HOPKINSON: Where can we send submissions?
BEE: You can submit all pitches or work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
BEE: Email us anytime at email@example.com, we will get back to you within a day!
DEADLINE: Year round
NOTES: mainly a publication for women by women
FORMAT: digitally online
SUBMISSION FEE: None for regular submissions
FORMS: thought-pieces on modern culture, feminist reviews of books/tv shows/movies, memoir, erotica, creative nonfiction, poetry, art, photography, and essays
SUBMISSION METHOD: Email