Coffee & Oranges (formerly Kahini Magazine) is the literary monthly print magazine for Kahini members: submissions, however, are open to all and accepted year-round. Contributors receive a subscription to the magazine and $5,000 payment! (No, that is not a misprint and it is very real. A generous donor has made this possible, read below.) Subscriptions run as low as $1.75 with an excellent value for a lifetime subscription for only $17.50! In the case of this lit mag, I definitely recommend at least ordering one copy to see what type of work they are printing.
When I heard from Coffee & Oranges editor Jordan Hartt about the new name for the magazine and the new incredible payment being offered, I first made sure it wasn’t a typo and second, congratulated him on such amazing monetary support! See my interview with Hartt and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Coffee & Oranges originally started?
HARTT: My lifework has been to provide opportunities for artists and writers, through the values of providing the highest levels of writing craft, community, and the lifelong inspiration of the writing life. Coffee & Oranges has been publishing since 2018, originally as Kahini Magazine. We changed it to Coffee & Oranges both to honor our home in Po‘ipū, Kaua‘i; and to reflect the importance of specific, sensory detail in the creative arts.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
HARTT: Our subscribers are those passionate about the highest levels of artistic expression and philanthropy. Subscriptions generally fund the Literature Africa Foundation in Kenya, but right now new subscriptions are going to food banks in the Seattle area, which has been hard-hit by the COVID-19 virus.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
HARTT: We accept works of art of 325 words or fewer, in any genre. We used to pay $100 per acceptance; thanks to a massive gift to the organization, now pay $5,000 for each accepted piece. A great work of art will last a long, long time, which means that amount is not enough. We hope to raise it by 2021. Artists deserve to be compensated for their work when that work of art arrives at the condition of literature. In 2018-2019, Kahini paid $24,800 to writers, and we’re on track this year to double that.
Please note: although 325 is the maximum limit for word count, a piece does not need to reach that word count to find publication with us. In our January, 2020 edition, we published a story that reached seven words and nine syllables, total, and there was much editorial discussion about whether or not it could have been six words and seven syllables.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
HARTT: As editor, I value work that thrives through an alchemy derived from sensory detail, setting, character, point of view, plot, structure, pacing, voice, style, tone, title, authorial identity, and theme–and which transcends its own craft elements to arrive at the condition of art. We actually get a lot of really high-quality submissions, and unfortunately are unable to showcase as much great work as comes in. I’m on the constant search for the truly sublime: the work that resonates for a long, long time. The magazine’s current acceptance rate is 0.07%.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
HARTT: I subscribe to about a dozen, but read about forty each quarter. Some current faves: the Alaska Quarterly Review, Two Hawks Quarterly, and Granta.
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with Coffee & Oranges?
HARTT: When you find that work you always knew you were looking for, but didn’t know how to articulate.
HOPKINSON: Where can we send submissions?
HARTT: Please send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with a .pdf or .doc attachment (or other kind of attachment; if we can’t open it, we’ll let you know) of your work. In the “Subject” line, please simply write, “Submission.” In the email itself, please include a short bio/cover letter. Coffee & Oranges is a genreless magazine: we don’t look at work through the lenses of any specific genre.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?