Sonic Boom is a literary & arts journal seeking experimental poetry, Japenese short forms, a variety of prose forms, and visual art submissions tri-annually. The issues come in free downloadable PDFs with beautiful formatting and always gorgeous art.
It’s always amazing to have a found poem accepted for publication and Sonic Boom has kindly published two of mine. My poem “Just a pocket memory,” an erasure poem from Rob Carney’s "Just Once I'd Like to Sneak Up on the Wind" (Story Problems, Somondoco Press) is included in issue five, and my poem "Closure," a blank verse poem created from lines in the April 6, 2014 edition of The Salt Lake Tribune, is included in the 2014 anniversary issue.
I wondered how and why this lit mag came to be, so I asked Sonic Boom editor Shloka Shankar a few questions to find out. See my interview with Shankar and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Sonic Boom.
SHANKAR: Sonic Boom is a literary & arts journal that is published tri-annually. Our focus is on experimental poetry, Japanese short-forms of poetry, flash fiction/hybrid pieces, and visual art. We continually look for new and engaging work that explodes and packs a punch. And now we have a newly founded affiliated press Yavanika.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Sonic Boom originally started?
SHANKAR: Curating a literary journal was always on the cards for me, and I decided to dive headlong into it in November, 2014. I wanted a platform that showcased a variety of forms that could co-exist and form a part of a whole.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
SHANKAR: We love poetry and prose that is unpretentious, digs deep into the fibres of our being, leaves us a little out of breath, and writing and art that speaks for itself. We adore well-crafted pieces that are sparse, infused with emotion, and play with language in its myriad forms.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
SHANKAR: Bones, Failed Haiku, moongarlic E-zine, Under the Basho, Otata, Otoliths, Right Hand Pointing, The Wanderer, Infinity's Kitchen, After the Pause, NOON| Journal of the Short Poem
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
SHANKAR: We seek both solicited and unsolicited submissions, and we would love for you to email your explosive pieces of writing and art to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please review our submission guidelines here.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
DEADLINE: October 21, 2020
SUBMISSION FEE: None
NOTES: Prefers no simultaneous submissions, but responds within three weeks
FORMS: experimental poetry (25 lines or less); Japanese short-forms; prose (less than 500 words): flash fiction pieces, creative non-fiction, vignettes, short scenes, hybrid forms, haibun, and tanka prose; visual art