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Our first Lit Mag Spotlight of 2014 is shining on The Adirondack Review. Read on to see why proofreading really (really) matters, and what TAR has in store for 2014. They’ve got a lot to say and an offer you can’t refuse. Enjoy!
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Give us the lowdown on your journal’s mission.
We want to provide our readers with art and writing that accomplishes a bunch of things all at once: ideas and narratives that make us see ourselves in new ways, that ask questions that can border on the alarming, that give people something to sink their teeth into while they’re spending hours in front of a computer at work or while they’re decompressing at home with tea. From photography to translation to poetry to reviews, we want to remind readers that there is so much remarkable art at our fingertips—and also that independent creative communities are thriving despite the great transition taking place in publishing.
Describe your ideal submission in 15 words or less.
I love submissions that make the strange beautiful, that challenge the banal and unearth something unexpected.
Tell us about a piece you recently published that got the staff really excited. Why did you love it? Why did it strike a chord?
The fall 2013 cover artist, Richard Mosse, captured a series of photographs in the Democratic Republic of Congo using 16mm infrared film, and the results are mesmerizing. The landscape appears as a hypersaturated fuchsia, and Mosse’s compositions layer concepts of war and media and art in really provocative ways. It’s also an example of one of our favorite aesthetic tools, which is color; here, Mosse subverts the viewer’s expectation of what eastern DRC looks like, creating a new conceptual space in which to present his critical commentary. We were blown away by his work and thrilled to share it with our readers. View Richard Mosse’s work.
Regarding submissions: What’s the most common turnoff that you encounter?
We get angsty when we see easily avoidable spelling and grammar mistakes or cover letters addressed to another magazine. When multiple errors come through that could have been caught even by a cursory proofread, it evokes sloppiness and makes us wonder how seriously the writer takes his or her work—which then makes us wonder how seriously we should take it.
What’s the most common oversight (in terms of submission guidelines)?
A couple of years ago we shifted our submissions manager to Submittable, and yet we still receive submissions via email, sometimes to my personal account. Check the submissions guidelines online before you submit!
Why is your journal awesome?
We love so many things about the world around us, from the small coincidences to the large paradigms, and channel this enthusiasm through the work we publish. Whether it’s a previously unpublished writer or an artist showing at major galleries, we look for content that is evocative of the cultural, social, and political entanglements that inform our interactions with each other and with the world as art itself—a positive feedback loop that we’re happy to coast.
Where can readers find your submission guidelines?
Our submission guidelines are online.
What does TAR have planned for 2014?
We have two literary contests—one for poetry, one for fiction, both with a $400 prize—as well as the next phase of A Color Project, an evolving public photography collection that celebrates hue. We kicked things off last year with our Tumblr, and in 2014 we’re going to apply this concept to a site-specific project in NYC: a recreated subway map. Follow us on Facebook for more details. We can’t wait to launch!
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