Writers Resist is a feminist literary collective born of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, publishing poetry, fiction, narrative nonfiction, essays and images online bi-weekly and bi-annually in a print anthology. I’m honored to have my poem “I Do Not Wait” published in their current October 2020 Issue.
You can subscribe for free to receive updates and inspiration via email. They are open for submissions year-round and are a pleasure to work with and very supportive of their contributors. See my interview with their editors K-B Gressitt, Debbie Hall, Sara Marchant, and Ying Wu and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Writers Resist.
EDITORS: Writers Resist is an intersectional feminist literary journal, born of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. We publish creative expressions of resistance by diverse writers and artists from around the globe, and we’re dedicated to challenging all things that diminish our quest for equality, freedom, justice and a healthy planet for all—while having a bit of fun.
As an intersectional feminist journal, our editors are intentionally diverse, including Asian, Jewish, LGBTQ, Mexican, and white representation. And, we seek to expand that—the more diversity the merrier.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Writers Resist originally started?
EDITORS: This is our origin story:
It began November 9, 2016, in a message, simple yet with an undercurrent of utter dismay: “What the fuck do we do now?” Sara asked, her grief and rage overcoming her manners.
“Why are you asking me? I hardly know you.” K-B wasn’t ready for correspondence, having spent the previous day working a polling place giddy with Trump supporters.
“I know from our MFA program that you’re an activist,” Sara said. “I’m not, but we have to do something. What do we do?”
“Well, we’re writers. …” K-B concluded.
So was born Writers Resist. The online literary journal published its first issue at WritersResist.com on December 1, 2016.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
EDITORS: Our audience is political progressives and social-justice activists—those who oppose the Trump presidency and policies—and writerly folks.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
EDITORS: We are eager to see writings and images that can reasonably be described as expressions of political resistance, whether poetry, fiction, narrative nonfiction, essay or image, and that reflect our quest for equality, freedom, justice and a healthy planet for all.
HOPKINSON: Is Writers Resist a paying market?
EDITORS: We give contributors an honorarium of $10, although we wish it could be more, but we are funded solely by donations.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
EDITORS: Our submissions are predominantly poetry, so we crave more prose.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
EDITORS: Some of our favorite literary publications are: San Diego Poetry Annual, Border Voices, Vox Populi, The Sun, Brevity, Kelp Journal, Bellevue Literary Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Rattle, Terrain.org, Orion, CrazyHorse, The Coachella Review, Please See Me, and Zyzzyva.
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with Writers Resist?
K-B Gressitt, she, her: The messages we receive from folks who submit are often as powerful and moving as their creative writing and art. For many, Writers Resist has provided a virtual community, a safe space for articulating our rage and fear and hope—and our shared vision for recovery from the Trump administration. Although it takes courage to give birth to art, the arts are some of the most potent tools for dismantling oppressive systems. We hear from folks who’ve overcome being silenced and have found camaraderie within Writers Resist. That is precious. So, too, are the editors who donate their time, hearts, and souls—thanks, you all!
Debbie Hall, she, her: It’s an honor to be a poetry editor with Writer’s Resist. I love reading the work coming in from all over the world, hearts and minds poured onto the page, the hope implied in such creative acts of resistance.
Sara Marchant, she, her: It’s a privilege to read the writing sent to us, whether we publish it or not, filled with people’s fears, frustrations and righteous anger. The trust that submitters give us is something we never take lightly.
Ying Wu, she, her: I love reading the poems submitted to Writers Resist. Many of them, I read multiple times. I enjoy the process of becoming entrained by a poem’s unique rhythm. Some poems that we have published will probably continue to influence me for the rest of my life.
HOPKINSON: Where can we send submissions?
EDITORS: This is the link to our submission guidelines: http://www.writersresist.com/submission-guide/
This is the link to our submission system: https://www.writersresist.com/submissions/
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
EDITORS: Folks can email us at email@example.com.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Open Year-round
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry, fiction, narrative nonfiction, essay or image
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