We just opened our issue 15 submissions call. As usual we will be accepting work for five weeks, so you have until September 20th. But this call is a little different—we are asking everyone who sends in work for consideration to also show us that they have bought a literary magazine recently.
If you are currently thinking something along the lines of ‘what the hell?’, then the following Q&A is for you! And if you have other questions or comments do please drop us a line or use the comments section below.
What the hell?
A couple of great literary magazines recently announced their closure. The Alarmist and PANK couldn’t be more different, but with the news of their closing, we realised how easy it is for even our favourites to disappear if we forget to support them. As the Alarmist’s editors said in their wonderfully honest final editorial, the vast majority of independent magazines are staffed by volunteers, and many of them operate at a loss. And that’s how it’s always been: literary magazines come and literary magazines go.
Structo is no different: the magazine just about breaks even, and none of us are paid for our work.
Of course, we don’t do it for the money, we do it because we love the writing we publish, and enjoy the process of creating magazines. But—and here’s where our plan comes in—if you send writing to literary magazines, we reckon you should support the ones you enjoy; that way they are more likely to be around the next time you want to send them work.
You’re saying I should buy these magazines even though I almost certainly won’t get paid for the work of mine they publish?
You should if you like those magazines. If their publishers don’t pay you, they should be working extra hard to get your work seen by a wide audience. We certainly are.
What if I can’t afford, or don’t have access to, any literary magazines?
This is important, as some literary magazines are expensive. On the other hand, others are an absolute bargain! One of our recent favourites is Belville Park Pages, which costs £3 including postage from Paris. You can also buy a large proportion of magazines digitally, from anywhere in the world. This is often a cheaper option.
Do I have to buy Structo?
No. The point of this isn’t to raise funds for us. It could be anything from The Paris Review to Popshot to a literary ‘zine made by a local school kid. As long as you paid for it, it counts.
That said, if you want recommendations, keep an eye on the blog over the next few days for a post about some of our favourite magazines.
So this is basically a submission fee?
In a way, but one distributed throughout the entire literary magazine community.
What exactly do you want me to do?
We want you to take a photo of the current issue of any literary magazine you own and upload it with your submission. This can be anything from a simple photo of the cover, to a selfie with the issue, to photo of your cat and/or other cute animal sitting on a pile of subscriptions. You get bonus points for the last one.
If you’re reading digitally, you can send in a screenshot or photo of that issue’s contents page.
How do I send in my photos?
There’s a place to upload the images on the submissions form, a link to which you can find on our submissions page.
Update as of 18/08:
Does the magazine have to be in English?
No, any language is great.
What about a magazine I support via Patreon or a similar system?
This totally counts. We’re looking into the best way to handle this without you having to disclose any personal information.
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Vaguely literary things we’ve been enjoying
“I usually love the translation issues of Poetry magazine, but the March 2012 issue really knocked my socks off. It has some great versions of Gottfried Benn translated by Michael Hofman, an excellent feature on Marina Tsvetaeva, and Geofrrey Brock’s ‘Alteration Finds,’ an experimental translation of three authors writing in three languages. That latter is a strong contender for my favorite poem. I read and reread the issue like a favorite book and can’t recommend it enough. You can buy back copies and the content is free online.” — Matthew
“One of the few literary podcasts I regularly listen to, Far Off Places features readings of quality short stories and poetry alongside news from the Edinburgh-based literary magazine of the same name. It never outstays its welcome.” — Euan
“London Fields by Martin Amis is essentially a murder mystery in reverse. Hilarious in a way only Amis can be.” — Keir
>> Check out the VLTWBE archive here.