Thimble is an online literary magazine, featuring art, poetry, and short prose. They publish issues quarterly. “At Thimble Literary Magazine, we believe armor can be found in the oddest of places: whether that’s facing a hard truth head-on or reframing it so you can better understand it. We believe the stories we tell ourselves to be the most powerful protection for our edges.” You can read all their past issues to see the type of work they like to publish on their web site.
I was curious how and why this art and literary magazine began, so I asked Editor-in-Chief Nadia Wolnisty a few questions to find out. See my interview with Wolnisty and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Thimble.
WOLNISTY: Thimble is a quarterly online journal with a print feel. It is for poetry, visual art, short stories, and short creative non-fiction. We use a thimble as an image of how art operates in the world. Art might seem insignificant compared to basic needs, but it will help us where we are most vulnerable.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Thimble originally started?
WOLNISTY: Phil Cerroni, my friend from college, contacted me after reading my chapbook and asked if I wanted to start a literary journal. Honestly, I don’t have grand aspirations, just wanted to put together something nice. There aren’t enough nice places in publishing or on the internet.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
WOLNISTY: Plenty of poets read poetry. And that’s great; I am one. But I would also like to appeal to someone who is less inclined towards poetry or is less high-brow. I want people to know it’s going to be okay, or, at least, the darkness won’t swallow them whole. For when people need to hear “I can’t go on. I’ll go on.”
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
WOLNISTY: Our general theme is about making small shelters out of the stories we tell ourselves. As for style, I am not looking for art that is needlessly complex or pretentious. Doodles and weird pop culture poems are great. This is not to say that the work should be dumbed down and devoid of metaphors or difficulty. I want art like beef jerky. Beef jerky is hardly a snobby food. You can get it at any gas station. But you do have to chew.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
WOLNISTY: More 3D visual art. (Obviously, we would be using photos of that art.) I want your baskets made from human hair. I want mobiles made of fishbones and tin foil. I want a sculptures made out of dried apricots, cabbage, and mud. I want your nice purple clay pot.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
WOLNISTY: I like Spry, Apogee, Philosophical Idiot, For Christmas, my fiance got my a subscription to National Geographic and I realized then that this was the person I would marry.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
WOLNISTY: On the website or firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE: December 31, 2020
SUBMISSION FEE: None
SUBMISSION METHOD: Email
FORMS: poetry, short stories, essays, art