In the first Lit Mag Spotlight of 2012, we would like to introduce Forge, a magazine that is writer-tested, writer-approved! Forge is a free, writer-friendly, online literary magazine that knows where it’s going and wants to bring you along for the ride. So buckle your seat belts, and (dare we say it?) forge ahead with Forge (@ForgeJournal)!
CONTEST! Leave a comment by January 26th to enter to win a copy of Forge’s Summer 2011 issue AND a free coffee mug, or tea mug, or even hot chocolate mug! (Please note that Forge will not judge you if you just use the mug as a pencil holder.) This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Harris, our winner. Thank you to all who participated!
1. Give us the lowdown on your journal’s mission.
We think of each issue of Forge as a journey, and we want the contents to draw the reader along with us to wherever the road may go.
2. Describe your ideal submission in 15 words or less.
Something that makes you suddenly realize that you’ve lost track of time completely.
3. 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? Can readers find it online?
Our three submissions for the Million Writers award this year stick out to me: “The Minds of Boys” by Luke B. Goebel, “The Kindness of Strangers” by Tad Crawford, and “Not Even Jail” by Sean Jackson.
“The Minds of Boys” had this Lord of the Flies meets Peter Pan vibe, with really strong imagery and a fairy-tale sensibility that made it stand out to me as one of the best submissions from last year.
“The Kindness of Strangers” had this beautiful, dreamlike quality to it and a quiet sense of movement and discovery that was very well done.
“Not Even Jail” comes out swinging with a strong right hook of an opening paragraph: “I’m not what anyone would call a nice person. More of what folks deem a misfit, a loser, a numb nuts. Convict. When I was a boy I had three dogs. One died under a car, one ran off and never was seen again, and we drowned the third.” That gives you such a good sense of the character of the narrator right from the start.
4. What’s the most common oversight (in terms of submission guidelines)?
Pasting submissions into the body of an email. This makes a lot more work for us. This method is only preferable when submitting a Word or rich text document cannot work.
5. Why is your journal awesome?
For starters, we work hard to include awesome cover art and illuminated letters for our issues. After five years and counting of publishing, we still look forward to the new worlds that will be discovered in each installment. We consistently crack the outer shell of awesomeness to get at the gooey center. It’s messy, but delicious.
6. Where can readers find your submission guidelines?
Our website has our submission guidelines.
7. What do you want future readers/contributors to know about Forge?
Our original vision of Forge was that it would be a journal open to considering any kind of writing, any genre or format of artistic expression. We wanted something that would be at once familiar and strange, comforting and challenging. Polished and brash. I feel like we’ve mostly succeeded in that goal. There are times when it feels like having such a vague modus operandi perhaps makes us less appealing. The ability to define ourselves as only science fiction, or literary fiction, or poetry would be an easier road, since you can focus on one aspect and really say “this is us.” But in the end, we have grown fond of the messy sort of landscape where a religious homily on loneliness can rub shoulders with a mad-cap story about vampiric cows. That’s who we are.
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