EX/POST Magazine is a new literary magazine up to some excellent projects! According to their About page, it’s “out of the after” and “it’s a clipped form of ex post facto, itself a bastardized version of the Latin for ‘after the fact.’ Here at EX/POST, though, we aren’t interested in reactive action so much as perceptive thought—we want art, poetry, fiction, essays on the craft, one-act plays, and more.” They also run a special project entitled Dear Loneliness. You can read more about that ongoing call to compile the world’s longest letter to loneliness and making an art exhibit out of it. You can read my interview specific to that project here.
As always, I needed to know more, so I asked Editor-in-Chief Sarah Lao some question to find out. See my interview with Lao and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about EX/POST Magazine.
LAO: EX/POST is an independent literary and arts journal. We seek to spotlight both the best art and writing the Internet can find and serve as a refuge for underrepresented voices, topics, and genres. We want both great art and reflections on such; we want to publish work at the forefront of today’s trends, but we also want to break down the meaning of those trends to make the cutting edge of “high theory” accessible to all.
HOPKINSON: How/why was the EX/POST Magazine originally started?
LAO: We started EX/POST this past summer with the goal of creating a magazine that broke down some of those boundaries in the publishing world that make no sense but are retained through mostly tradition. We make clear that even pieces outside our normal genre types are welcome, and from our issue to year-round blog, our staff makes an effort to engage with as many readers as possible in the form of taking on book reviews, incorporating reader pitches, and more.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
LAO: Hopefully, as broad as we can make it. We’d like to keep the work we publish diverse and eclectic, so everyone has something to enjoy. We also have a particular fondness for young writers as teenagers ourselves for the most part, and to that end, we feature both a youth spotlight every issue and a running resources column on our blog.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
LAO: So far our issues have been unthemed (though I can’t promise there’s nothing we’re planning), so we’re quite open to all kinds of work, but more than anything, we want to be a home for timely, experimental, and daring writing.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
LAO: We’ve been fortunate to receive quite a bit of poetry and prose, but we’d love to see more collaborative work, visual poetry, comics, and anything that subverts form. We’re keen on receiving more spoken word and short films, and additionally, we’d love to see more pitches to our blog, which is open year-round to reviews, interviews, essays, and more.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
LAO: Middleground Magazine, SPAM Zine, Split Lip Magazine, the Adroit Journal, Half Mystic, (mac)ro (mic), Prolit Magazine, diode journal, Guernica, Dialogist, Hobart, Winter Tangerine, SIne Theta Magazine, and so many more!
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with the EX/POST?
LAO: My favorite part would have to be the absolutely brilliant writers I have the privilege of interacting with—both my fellow staff members at EX/POST and all the writers who choose to share their work with us. In my mind, there’s a subtle but clear difference between the passion project of a lit mag and more soulless corporate endeavors, and it brings me all the joy in the world to see our community members repost something of ours, pass on an interesting article, or otherwise engage in an organic manner with our content. From impromptu staff portfolio review sessions to shoutouts for our supporters’ awards, we’re so lucky to be part of a new but vibrant literary community.
HOPKINSON: Where can we send submissions?
LAO: We’re currently accepting submissions through Duosuma, but if you have any issues submitting there, let us know, and you can submit straight to our email email@example.com.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
LAO: You can send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: October 15, 2020
SUBMISSION FEE: None
PAYMENT: Modest Honorarium
FORMS: poetry, prose, drama, art, essays, interviews, reviews, blogs, etc.
SUBMISSION METHOD: Duosoma/email
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