We want to hear your voice!
K'in, an online literary magazine, is seeking and accepting submissions through Submittable, for our second issue.
Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction.
We're particularly interested in voices from marginalized and underrepresented communities.
We also are introducing our brand new Young Writers Section, for submissions from writers aged 12-17.
Experimental, traditional, playful, prayerful, celebratory, challenging: human—try us.
Show us a new way to tell one of the millions of stories under that glorious sun.
Now we're celebrating Young Writers too!
K'in is thrilled to announce the inclusion of our new Young Writers Section, specifically dedicated to publication of writers aged 12 to 17 years. Check out our Submit Page for specific guidelines for young writers! We're thrilled that this section will be edited by Courtney Rose and Kaitlyn Crow, both talented writers themselves who love, write, and read young adult and children's literature. Please share this exciting news with any young writers you know!
We can't wait to hear from you!
"As Gertrude gazed at Clay in his dress uniform on the dresser, grainy and dead, she thought of war. Vague armies clashed in her mind. She remembered a painting she’d seen once at the museum; Napoleon’s horse reared, his red cape flowing like blood as he cried the charge. Trumpets sounded from the far reaches of her dreams, and Jericho fell, somewhere far away. She didn’t look at the photograph often, though it was always there, beside the gold pocket watch hanging under a glass dome with a grooved wooden base. As soon as she’d opened her eyes some moments earlier, she’d known the date. It was June 1st, a Sunday, the same date and day of the week it had been sixty-seven years earlier when she married Clay Strickland, a year home from the war...."
C.M. Chapman has appeared in Cheat River Review, Limestone, Dark Mountain in the U.K., and the anthology, So It Goes: A Tribute to Kurt Vonnegut. He is the author of the chapbook, Music and Blood, from Latham House Press, and his novel-in-stories, Suicidal Gods, is tentatively scheduled for release by Unsolicited Press in October of 2019. He is a graduate of the low-residency MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor of English.
Congratulations to Erica Plouffe Lazure!
Two of Erica's flash stories made the long and short lists for the London Independent Story Prize!
Check out the winners of The London Independent Story Prize 2nd Q. and read their wonderful stories!
"She was waiting in the park for her robot to pick her up when the bombs went off. She was waiting in the park because it was embarrassing for a girl of her age to be picked up by a robot from school; such a thing was only necessary for small children, who needed chaperones to guard them against getting lost or kidnapped. But she, Grace, was no longer a child: she was tall and light-boned and beginning to develop breasts, and so it was embarrassing to have her robot pick her up, where all of her classmates could see...."
Our first issue of K'in is live!
Thanks and Love to all of the contributors who honored us with the privilege of sharing their beautiful work.
And endless gratitude to the staff, for their passion, commitment, and hard work!
Check it out HERE!
"Kurt Vonnegut created some of the most outrageously memorable novels of our time, such as Cat's Cradle, Breakfast Of Champions, and Slaughterhouse Five. His work is a mesh of contradictions: both science fiction and literary, dark and funny, classic and counter-culture, warm-blooded and very cool. And it's all completely unique.
With his customary wisdom and wit, Vonnegut put forth 8 basics of what he calls Creative Writing 101:...."
Read Vonnegut's Excellent Advice Here on Gotham Writers
From The Balance:
"...three editors and former editors, from HarperCollins, Random House, and St. Martin's Press, reflect on how those decisions get made, the state of the industry, and what they're are looking for. ..."
"Writing success boils down to hard work, imagination and passion—and then some more hard work. iUniverse Publishing fires up your creative spirit with 20 writing tips from 12 bestselling fiction authors.....
"Tip 1: "My first rule was given to me by TH White, author of The Sword in the Stone and other Arthurian fantasies and was: Read. Read everything you can lay hands on...."
Reading Now For Our Inaugural Issue!
Prose: 5000 words or less, open to content, form, structure.
Fiction: We welcome short stories of all shapes and sizes, from the mind-blowing traditional story to fiction that blurs the lines between forms, genre fiction, experimental fiction, etc. We also welcome flash and micro fiction.
Nonfiction: We’re looking for slow burns in a world of hot takes, questions asked instead of answers proved. We welcome a wide variety of nonfiction—traditional essay, narrative nonfiction, micro/flash memoir—and encourage experimentation, though not at the expense of factual truth. Too many true stories go untold, and we want to offer space to honor those voices.
Poetry: 3-5 poems, open to content, form, structure. Please don’t forget the power voice, sound, and time can have in poetry.
For all submissions, simultaneous submissions are permitted, but please let us know. To withdraw one part of a submission, please add a note in Green Submissions so that the information is instantly available to all editors. We will not process emailed withdrawal requests.
Experimental, traditional, playful, prayerful, celebratory, challenging: human—try us. Show us a new way to tell one of the millions of stories under that glorious sun.
Good morning from K'in! Good read on why story matters from Nathan Bransford....
"Telling stories isn’t what we do in our spare hours, something just to pass the time. Telling stories is what we do period. Stories are how we make sense of life.
Our entire worldview and memories are created out of our stories. Two people can witness the same event, process and interpret it completely differently and reach completely different conclusions about what just happened. And that’s before the fluid and corrosive effects of memory take hold. The reality of the actual event, even if it was recorded on film, blurs into the past. In its place: Stories, our way of interpreting what we have seen, which is all we have to make sense of what passes before our eyes...."