Word Doodles is a new online literary magazine founded by Pat Berryhill publishing poetry, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction. They are currently reading for their first issue, coming out later this summer. They are open to text, sound files, and video recordings for publication on their site.
Of course, I needed to know more about how this magazine was created and what they’re looking for in submissions, so I asked lead editor and publisher Pat Berryhill a few questions to find out. See my interview with Berryhill and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about the Word Doodles.
BERRYHILL: I had a literary magazine when I first graduated college and had to let it go due to health reasons. I still have chronic illness, but I am in a better place mentally now. I chose to begin a new venture that wasn't focused on health and disability for that reason.
I will also publish experimental writing that entertains new forms through the incorporation of visuals, whether that be a video that accompanies the work, photography, art, and concrete imagery with words. I envision work inspired by the likes of Mark Z. Danielewski.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
BERRYHILL: Of course, I hope to reach a wide range of people within the writing community and literati, but I also hope to reach people who are unaccustomed with lit mags. I want to incorporate art, photography, and video. So, I hope to reach people in those communities and their followers.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
BERRYHILL: Anything that places the reader within the written work engaging one or all of the five senses as opposed to work that is more abstract and cerebral in nature.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
BERRYHILL: Video interpretations incorporating the work. I am excited to see how people will interpret this and have purposely left it as a somewhat vague description in the submissions to promote creativity.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
BERRYHILL: If I had to pick a favorite, it would be MacroMic. It is published by a friend of mine, but that's not why it's my favorite. I enjoy the rich diversity of the authors and the variances in the writing styles. I also tend to cleave to the lesser known journals that lie on the fringes of the community. This is where I am more likely to submit my own work, so that's what I gravitate towards. The BeZine is another one I particularly like and have been fortunate enough to be published in.
Out of the "big dogs", I enjoy Poetry magazine, Creative Non-Fiction Magazine and The Three Penny Review.
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with the Word Doodles?
BERRYHILL: Reading the submissions as they come in, without a doubt, and putting together the magazine itself. I am using WordPress and continue to expand my knowledge of how the platform works.
HOPKINSON: Where can we send submissions?
BERRYHILL: Submissions can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I have a Submissions page posted on the site that states the few guidelines I require.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
BERRYHILL: Anyone can reach out to me via the email above or through Facebook messenger. I don't check Twitter or Instagram as frequently, but I can be messaged there as well.
DEADLINE: June 30, 2020
FORMAT: digitally online
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction
SUBMISSION METHOD: Email
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram