Don’t be fooled by the title of this post… my writing hasn’t been featured in a literary magazine (yet). But I am in the process of finding presses and magazines to submit “It Started With the Magnifying Glass” to! Fingers crossed.
For my World of Publishing class, we recently had to draft our own Literary Magazine Manifesto, and I’ve decided to call my magazine, if y’all haven’t already guessed it: Meliorism Literary Magazine. Following is my manifesto:
A 4-Point and Then Some Manifesto for Meliorism Literary Magazine
[A Declaration-in-Progress by Alyssa Vigorito]
Meliorism Literary Magazine is a biannual publication which publishes, polishes, and showcases work of the highest literary caliber in digital form. This is a creative platform in which we wish to augment the power of storytelling, more so stories that challenge and provoke readers, as well as experiment and push literary boundaries into unexplored artistic forms. Meliorism Literary Magazine proudly publishes works of fiction alongside all kinds of artwork that can be translated into print. We accept work year-round. Someone’s popularity doesn’t influence our opinion on their craft. Prose we receive will be published if the writer is clever, silver-tongued, and writes self-consciously.
Meliorism is defined as the belief that the world can be made better by human effort. Though there will never be a moment in which something tragic isn’t happening in the world, we can all seek refuge in the idea that if we find common ground with one another, then we can propose solutions to an array of issues. Creativity is a common thread in bringing people together, and combined with proposed and infinite purposes of literature—to unsettle, to evoke empathy, to inform, and to entertain—we can take creative ideas and shape them into something unanticipated, poignant, and worthwhile, in the same manner we do written work.
- We favor work that connects individuals with universal truths and ideas in a society
One of the purposes of literature aforesaid deals with informing individuals. In order to make the world a better place, prose pieces should reclaim history and its themes in such a way they’re artistically amplified. Find inspiration in George Orwell’s 1984 or Kathryn Stockett’s The Help.
- We encourage writers to foster fertility of the imagination
Ideas should not be recycled unless the end result will prove to be innovative and original. Delve into the deepest part of your mind and don’t return without shedding light on alternative ways of thinking at the intersections of audacious, lively, and experimental. Take a risk and develop characters classified only as ‘refreshingly odd,’ explore topics normally hidden away under lock and key, hold onto the rabbit hole with three fingers—pinky up.
- We embolden writers to write the story they want to read
Toni Morrison said, “if there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” We believe everyone has the potential to craft the story they’d naturally like to read, but in a manner that it’s appealing to the general public. Even if you’re not an expert in the topic you’re writing about, research is a smiled-upon skill, as is reading widely until the topic becomes second nature.
- We’ll read and come to welcome work that doesn’t always fit with our personal aesthetics
After all, one man’s trash is another man’s comfort blanket.
While we promote personal human growth, Meliorism Literary Magazine has zero affection for:
- Religious hatred: Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia
- Racial hatred: Racism,
- Gender hatred: Anti-LGBTQ Movements, homophobia
- “Humor” that degrades human beings
- Members of the Westboro Baptist Church, Neo-Nazi’s, and anyone who promotes and spews hate speech
We will not associate with writers and fictional pieces that advertise any of the above.