Paper Dragon is the new online literary magazine for Drexel University and is currently open for their first themed issue coming out this fall. The theme is Recovery and Resilience. They are accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and art until September 1, 2020. See my interview with editor William Vargo and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: How/why was the Paper Dragon originally started?
VARGO: We created Paper Dragon to serve as a platform for discourse for communities that have historically been underrepresented in literature. Our long term goals include developing relationships with organizations and communities to amplify their voices. Groups include the incarcerated population, people involved in the opioid epidemic, and neurodiverse individuals. Right now, we are pursuing connections that our staff already has, for example, someone who runs a poetry workshop at a correctional facility. However, we are interested in all unique voices and want to hear your story!
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
VARGO: Our publication is aimed at the adult, literary audience. We are also hoping to cultivate audiences within the specific communities we work with.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
VARGO: We are looking for poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and art. Our theme for volume 1, which will be published this fall, is R&R (Resilience & Recovery).
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
VARGO: Personally, I love to be surprised--not by twists, but by juxtaposition. I like to see things from a unique perspective. Tell me a story about an urban equestrian or an eighty-year-old who hangs out at the skate park. What do these unlikely pairings tells us about the human condition?
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with the Paper Dragon?
VARGO: I've been amazed at the unique and diverse work that has already been submitted. As a writer, I know how nerve-wracking it is to submit your work for review, and I want to thank everyone who's let us into their creative world. I wish we could publish everything! The most difficult part will be curating our content.
HOPKINSON: Where can we send submissions?
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
DEADLINE: September 1, 2020
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and art
SUBMISSION METHOD: email
SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter