the winnow magazine is a new online literary magazine, published twice a year and currently accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and artwork. They also provide a prompt including 18 words to use for inspiration based on the theme “word pool” for their forthcoming Winter 2020 issue.
I wanted to know more about this magazine, so I asked Editor-in-Chief & Founder Rachael Crosbie some questions to find out. See my interview with Crosbie with her responses and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: How/why was the winnow originally started?
CROSBIE: I founded the winnow magazine partially as a new outlet/publication. I was the executive editor of my undergraduate’s literary magazine and grew increasingly frustrated by its limitations. It was a great lit mag, but I wanted to be able to review a wider scope of submissions. So, I rang up a few writer acquaintances and friends, and together we mapped out a lit mag concept we all wanted. As a whole, we strive to be a platform of voices rooted in inclusivity and togetherness.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
CROSBIE: Our target reader audience is someone who understands the basics of writing and the desire to break the rules of writing. They are constantly pushing themselves to read, especially works from perspectives different from their own. They are grounded but able to dream.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
CROSBIE: We look for poetry, prose, and artwork that follows the chosen theme for the current submission period. For instance, we are looking for pieces inspired by a word pool we put together. Besides that technicality, we look for work that comes from somewhere unexpected, wanting, and unheard.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
CROSBIE: We hardly receive art submissions. We luck out with the art submissions we do receive, but we’re always happy to see more. Also, we’d like to see more pieces by BIPOC writers and artists. We understand that our mostly white masthead can unintentionally come across as “yet another lit mag looking to only uplift other white voices.” It’s not true. We’re looking to publish the best work we receive, but we strive to give marginalized voices a platform above all.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
CROSBIE: Pussy Magic, perhappened, blood orange lit, trampset, Ayaskala Literary Magazine, omelette mag, The Adroit Journal, Marías at Sampaguitas Literary Magazine, Non.Plus Lit, ang(st) zine, and The Believer Magazine are some of my current favorites.
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with the winnow?
CROSBIE: Our entire staff is so respectful and supportive of one another. Patience is of our highest virtue. Besides staff repertoire, I love that working on the winnow magazine gives me the opportunity to review modest yet strong creative works. The best part about working on a literary magazine is the ability to serve and build up creatives.
HOPKINSON: Where can we send submissions?
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
DEADLINE: August 15, 2020
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and artwork
SUBMISSION METHOD: Email
SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter