When we founded Essays & Fictions in 2007, we believed it was essential that the work we publish be made available for free online. We also thought it important that the publication not include advertisements, which we felt would compromise our intended visual aesthetic, which we wanted to remain as spare and as removed from the material concerns of consumerist reality as possible.
Aside from the free online edition, Essays & Fictions publishes a small print edition of each volume, which we consider more akin to an art object than to a periodical designed for mass distribution. We have never made a profit from the journal. Until this point, our publication has been personally financed. Unfortunately, this model is no longer sustainable.
Most print literary magazines range from 10 to almost 20 dollars an issue. Regardless of the value of the work a literary magazine publishes, it will only be read by a small, privileged portion of the reading population. We believe in elitism in literature, inasmuch as we believe that the goal of any literary artist should be to create work that is close to perfection, but we are adamant that this must be elitism with access. As the American poet, Liam Rector once stated: "Elitism without access is snobbery." In order to continue to publish high quality literary work that can be viewed for free online, we require funding.
Essays & Fictions is worth financing. We publish authors from all over the United States and the world. Our interest is in liminal or breach work that straddles the lines of fiction and nonfiction in provocative, unexpected, and uncanny ways. We are also interested in essays and works of fiction that explore deep psychological and transcendental states. The magazine is one of the few American journals to regularly publish long form works of imaginative literature.
Among our authors, you will find established literary practitioners, writers whose work has been translated into English for the first time, and emerging voices whose work challenges formal conventions while remaining dedicated to classic notions of craft. Our readers and writers have found us because we have filled a lack in today's literary marketplace. That John Edwards' breach work "Revolutionary Wrath" from Volume VII was listed in the 2011 edition of Best American Essays tells us that our audience is continually expanding.
Should you decide to pledge, your donations will cover the costs of production, design, printing, publicity, website maintenance, and advertising costs for Volume XI. This funding will allow us to reach an even greater audience. Please watch the short eight-minute video above to learn a little more about the history of our magazine and to listen to some brief readings of work we have published.
We encourage you to read current and past issues of Essays & Fictions at EssaysandFictions.com.
"Essays & Fictions is the work of cutting edge vitality. 'No corpses' indeed, as their editors announce in the journal’s bio, and no lags, worn phrases, or tired ideas here either. In this post-modern moment of convergences – literary and cultural hyper-realities and meta-texts, E&F expresses the boundaries, collapsed and reinvented, of the hybrid mind. The clashes and celebrations, the inclusions and connections of its essays and fictions make for radical takes on the uncategorized." – Adrianne Kalfopoulou
"The very title, Essays & Fictions, indicates the originality of this review. Some of the most essential prose written today, worldwide, lies "between the genres": prose which belongs sensu stricto neither to the novel, nor to the short story, nor to the prose poem, nor to the essay, nor to the memoir, yet which partakes of some or all of these in form and contents. There is also a nuance to be defined between what is commonly called the 'personal essay' and what Essays & Fictions is seeking and has published. That nuance is Literature with a capital "L." As a critic specialized in European writing, I have long reviewed such prose. As a translator of Greek and French literature, I have sometimes attempted to render it in English. My versions of unclassifiable prose texts by two important European poets, Veroniki Dalakoura and Philippe Jaccottet, found a home in Essays & Fictions. For this I am grateful as well as for the discoveries that the review enables me to make. Kudos to the editors for their openness and perspicacity!" -– John Taylor
(Adrianne Kalfopoulou has published two poetry collections from Red Hen Press. Her essays and poems have appeared in online and print journals including Hotel Amerika, World Literature Today, Web Del Sol, and Fogged Clarity. She is on the faculty of Hellenic American University, and teaches in the creative writing program at New York University.
John Taylor is the author of the three-volume Paths to Contemporary French Literature and Into the Heart of European Poetry—all four books published by Transaction. He has also written six books of stories, short prose, and poetry, the latest of which are The Apocalypse Tapestries (Xenos Books) and If Night is Falling (Bitter Oleander Press). Taylor has recently translated books by Philippe Jaccottet, Pierre-Albert Jourdan and Jacques Dupin. He lives in France.)
Risks and challenges
The challenges we face in this project are the costs of production and publicity. Finding ways to reach out to new readers and to build on a dedicated following is a challenge any literary magazine will face after an initial period of growth. A potential risk is becoming settled or even stale, appealing only to the same readers, year in and year out. We are responding to this challenge with creative fundraising ideas to allow for the publicity effort necessary to add to our base of dedicated readers, and we will have to keep finding new ways to reach more readers. Another challenge is maintaining high production value on a low budget. We have done this by working with dedicated professionals who are willing to work with us on issues of cost, but as technology advances and costs rise, we will have to find ways to keep up with increased costs and new demands. We are dedicated to making literary excellence accessible to anyone, and we are driven to achieve this goal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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