Duende is currently open through June for their themed Ritual Issue. “When the editors decided to read for an issue focused on Ritual, we could scarcely have imagined the extent to which the rituals of our lives would be disrupted, or rearranged, because of the Covid-19 outbreak. We are now dealing with more than a loss-state, a grief-state. We have been forced into a new way of being—and as writers and artists, we need to respond to and examine these shifting rituals.” They have a great submission guidelines page that describes what they are looking for, a quick reference list of “Thirteen Brass Tacks” to explain submission formatting and other details, as well as Genre Specifications for poetry, prose, translations, and visual art and collaborations. They are open to found poetry, erasures, etc. and are also interested in publishing work from writers and artists that are typically underrepresented. Read their About Us page for more info.
Duende posts their issues online, so you can read what types of work they are submitting. Spend some time reading past issues and submit your best work. For more info on submitting, read my Submission Tips here.
I wondered how and why this journal came to be, so I asked previous Duende poetry editor Anita Olivia Koester a few questions to find out. See my interview with Koester and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Duende.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Duende originally started?
KOESTER: Since its conception in April of 2013, Duende has been committed torepresenting the true beauty and diversity of the U.S. literary ecosystem. The majority of the work we publish is from writers and artists who are queer, of color, differently abled, immigrant, working class, youth, elder, and / or otherwise from communities underrepresented in U.S. literary magazines and journals. We also recently published a feature issue of incarcerated writers, and have one featuring writers and artists who have experienced displacement or diaspora coming out in the spring. Our mission is in keeping with Goddard College’s mission of helping individuals take imaginative and responsible action in the world.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
KOESTER: One of the things that sets Duende apart is that we actively seek hybrid work as well as collaborations, we want work that explores new forms at the edges of the literary universe. We also want poems that are like rough-cut diamonds, and fiction that will make us feel more human and less alone, as well as nonfiction that has heart and is engaging, challenging and honest. We also take elegant translations of literature from far corners of the globe. Our visual art submissions window is open year round, and we look for art that speaks to us, that is raw and earnest. Duende, at its core, is the expression of soul, inspiration, and passion through the arts. Send us work that gets our blood flowing and makes us feel. Of course, the best way to get to know our journal’s tastes is to read our previous issues!
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals
KOESTER: We appreciate journals that, like us, aspire to publish writers and artists that are underrepresented in U.S. literary magazines and journals as well as publish work that is provocative and challenging. We respect the mission statements of journals like The Offing, Muzzle Magazine, Vinyl, Bone Bouquet, and HEArt.
HOPKINSON: Where can we send submissions?
KOESTER: We are accepting submissions for our Ritual Issue through June, though please note, visual arts submissions are accepted year round. We accept submissions through Submittable only. The link can be found easily on our website, or here: www.duende.submittable.com/submit We look forward to reading your work!
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
DEADLINE: June 30, 2020
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry, prose, translations, and visual art and collaborations
SUBMISSION METHOD: Submittable