Dear readers and friends of Sick Lit Magazine,
We are open to unsolicited submissions for a very short period of time; the cut-off for consideration will be December 31st, 2015.
I will stress that we are very unlike other magazines, literary journals, publications, etc, in that we view each new member of our team or contributor to the magazine as a collaborator with Sick Lit Magazine. We don’t set “margin specifications” or an exact “word count.” As both a journalist and a fiction writer myself, all of these arbitrary limitations only further inhibit a writer’s creativity; it doesn’t give them the freedom they need to truly shine.
Let’s say you send me a piece that I’m not particularly fond of; I’ll write you back and ask you for something else.
WE ARE YOUR ADVOCATES, YOUR PLATFORM AND YOUR PEERS HERE. In fact, if you still question the whole “margin specifications” submission guideline, I will implore you to read Lauren Dallas’s poem, Pullin’ me back. If that doesn’t convince you, then nothing will.
Each writer, artist, musician, poet, community activist and personal essay contributor has ALL received INTERNATIONAL attention. And as we are entering our second month, I feel that it’s time for us to start gearing up for and accepting submissions.
What are you looking for, though?
SLM: Something different. I know, it’s vague. It’s not specific. Write something that others are too scared to write about; don’t worry about offending anyone. Don’t censor yourself. Write from deep down inside yourself, where things are still unsettled, raw, or maybe even yearning for something. Write prose or poetry that makes a statement or figuratively kicks someone’s ass.
Why don’t you have a word count limit?
SLM: As long as it’s not as long as my first novel, which was 90,000 words, then I think we’re good.
You say you’re different. Everyone says that.
SLM: I keep in contact with my writers to let them know how well their work is being received. E.g., “Hey, Donald! You’ve gotten 300 reads today and 200 shares on Facebook! Amazing work!”
Listen: Write from your heart, from your gut; write even if it’s only cathartic, but send it in. Your work is more powerful than you realize. OH, and we nominate for the Pushcart Prize. Just thought I’d throw that in there.
-Kelly on behalf of SLM-
PS: E-MAIL all submissions to: Kelly.firstname.lastname@example.org