Typehouse Literary Magazine is a print and PDF publication, founded in 2013 that publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and artwork, as well as hybrid works. They are currently open for their 20th issue, with a specific section dedicated to Black writers and artists.
Editor-in-Chief Val Gryphin filled us in on what their looking for, including the details on the special section mentioned above for issue 20. See my interview with Gryphin and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Typehouse Literary Magazine.
GRYPHIN: We are a print and PDF magazine that comes out in January, May, and September of each year, although this year the May and September issues are being combined to create a huge 20th issue. Our driving focus is to be a market that prints and boosts marginalized voices of all kinds, while paying our contributors as well. Right now it is more of a token payment, but we hope to in the future to be able to pay more. Regular submissions are free, and we are committed to keeping that, but we do offer a feedback submission option where the submitter received feedback on the piece they submitted from one of the editors, and the funds go towards publishing cost and paying the authors. We publish all genres, with a love towards a spec fiction slant, and we print fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and artwork, as well as pieces that are a mix of formats. We also have editors, readers, and submitors from all over the globe.
HOPKINSON: Can you tell me more about the special section in issue 20 specifically for Black writers and artists?
GRYPHIN: We invite Black authors to send us work of any kind, and we will have a section in issue 20 dedicated to amplifying your voices. And, the pieces don't have to be about current events, or politics (although they can be if that is what you want). Just be a Black author or artist, creating what you love.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Typehouse Literary Magazine originally created?
GRYPHIN: Typehouse Literary Magazine was created as a collaboration between me (Val) and Kai, as an offshoot of a local writer's organization, The People's Ink. We started as a .PDF, on kind of a wing and a prayer as we figured out what we were doing. Our first issue came out in January of 2014, I took over design with issue 2 and became the solo EIC a year later. While we always wanted to have a rich literary body, it took some time to be able to figure how to actually do that.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
GRYPHIN: Everyone! Ok, well while we really do love all our readers, we also want to reach the people who are members of the communities that we seek to print the voices of. It's hard in this digital era to grow a larger readership with so many other wonderful magazines, but we are trying. We also love it when people tell us they heard about us from their friend, their teacher, or their writer's group.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
GRYPHIN: Honest voices. We have a large staff of editors, so for almost every piece we accept several of us have read it and wanted to see it in print. We actively seek out marginalized voices - in the works themselves, but also just from authors and artists who are members of those communities. It is also an ongoing effort, as it is very easy to pay lip service to being an inclusive market, but to be effective requires ongoing work.
We don't take many current event pieces as with time between acceptance and publication they are often outdated or no longer relevant–please note, this is not applicable to the issue 20 special section for Black authors and artists.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
GRYPHIN: Really, I love what we get. If I had to pick something it would be to see more pieces that incorporate both artwork/photography and the written word–everything from essays to fiction to poetry, We don't get a lot of those, but we have gotten a few we loved.
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with Typehouse Literary Magazine?
GRYPHIN: Mine? I love our readers, I love our work, but I also love all of the editors that I work with. Everyone you see on our masthead does an amazing job, as well as editors I have had in the past that moved on to other projects. I definitely couldn't run the magazine without them.
HOPKINSON: Where can we send submissions?
GRYPHIN: We use Submittable, and you can find our guidelines and the link at http://typehousemagazine.com/submissions/. Don't forget, if you want feedback or to support us, use the feedback option!
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
GRYPHIN: They can reach us through our contact form. http://typehousemagazine.com/contact-us/. (That's the only way we don't get completely overrun with spam.)
- Regular submissions: July 11, 2020
- Submissions from Black creatives: July 25, 2020
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMAT: print and electronic PDF
PAYMENT: We are slowly working our way up to paying professional rates, with contributors paid $10 for issue 15, and $15 for Issues 16-19. For Issue 20 we will be paying $18 a submitter.
FORMS: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, artwork, hybrids
SUBMISSION METHOD: Submittable
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook, Twitter