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Tiny Spoon is a new online and print literary magazine focused on experimental work publishing four times a year. They’re currently open for submissions of cross-genre writing–experimental poetry, prose, and art–for their sixth issue with the theme of Solitude. “While in the midst of self-isolation, it is easy to feel loneliness and melancholy without our usual social interactions. Perhaps we take for granted the precious passing moments we share with others. However, during this time, we are also drawn to consider, what does solitude truly mean? What does it mean to embody solitude? It is the opportunity to be with oneself without interruption, to allow your thoughts and ambitions to arise from within. Solitude holds such vast meaning and significance, can be held with joy or sorrow. We are fascinated by the open potential of this theme and its meaning for others.”

I was curious how and why this lit mag began, so I asked Founders and Co-Editor-in-Chiefs C.M. Chady and Stephanie Hempel a few questions to find out. See my interview and a link to submission guidelines below.

HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Tiny Spoon

TS: Tiny Spoon is a bite-size experimental literary magazine that embraces a variety of forms and representations that illuminate sui generis voices and experiences. We’re based in Boulder, CO, but accept work from all over the world. It was founded in January 2019 and we publish online and in print quad-annually. In each of the issues, we strive to foster a collective, inclusive voice by providing opportunities for community collaboration, such as online rengas, contests, collages, etc. We also have a reading alongside each issue release and plan to do a traveling series around Colorado to engage more people.

HOPKINSON: How/why was Tiny Spoon originally started?

TS: We’ve both been working with literary publications over the past few years and wanted to continue to engage with this community by creating our own new journal. During our time at The Jack Kerouac School, we’ve experienced the open graces of creative and critical mind warp that have transpired into shaping our literary voices and taste as editors. We felt there weren’t enough publications that advocated for experimental forms and subject matters, so Tiny Spoon‘s purpose became to fulfill that void.

HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience? 

TS: Tiny Spoon is meant for people who want a reading experience that disrupts the status quo and exposes them to new modes of writing and thought experiments, as well as, but not limited to, people who sell fruit, people in off-Broadway productions, people who have a pulse, people underwater, people who belong to a different universe, who have a third eye, who engage in divination, paleontologists, entomologists, and half-deities spinsters.

HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?

TS: We are open to all forms of writing and art, especially work that takes nonlinear risks with its subject matter and form to enlighten us to the rhiozomic relationships of the ecosystem of our collect subconscious. For our current submission call, we want work that reflects on our unique current world crisis, while also fostering a broader conversation and contemplation about what it means to be with oneself. We invite you to write into experiences and expressions of solitude for our sixth themed issue. How do you experience being with yourself? What is the quarantine and global pandemic experience like for you? What past situations have you been in where you felt truly present with yourself? How is this space difficult to hold or maintain or serene to find? Is it momentary or prolonged? What creative work comes out of solitude?

HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in? 

TS: We’d like to see more work that crosses genres, potentially non-fiction that encompasses a variety of tactics or other hybrid works that might incorporate various types of writing and/or image. We’d also like to get in more art, or art that is a part of or compliments text.

HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?

TS: Some that we particularly admire and regularly digest are Tin House, Black Warrior Review, River Styx, Zyzzava, Slab, Fairy Tale Review, Rattle, Crazy Horse, JuxtaProse, Denver Quarterly, and Coppernickel. 

HOPKINSON: Where can we send submissions? 

TS: Send submissions directly to our email at tinyspoonlitmag@gmail.com with the document titled as LastName_Title. We accept work on a rolling basis and our full submission guidelines can be found on our website tinyspoon.org.

HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?

TS: They can email us directly at tinyspoonlitmag@gmail.com or reach out to us on social media @tinyspoonlitmag.

Click here to read submission guidelines.

DEADLINE: June 30, 2020 

FORMAT: digitally online & print


PAYMENT: For our contributors in North America, we send a complimentary copy of the issue in which they appear.

If outside North America, due to budgeting costs and the fact they often get lost in the mail, instead of a physical copy, we provide a printable version of the magazine and instructions for assembly.

FORMS: any art or writing, cross-genre, up to 1,000 words per piece

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