Abandon Journal


Type Of Organization
Online
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Abandon Journal exists to showcase writing and artwork that has been created with abandon. That term is free to be interpreted liberally, but ideally it is the kind of work that takes risks, created in a space wherein the artist doesn’t care what anyone else thinks or what everyone else is doing. We’re open to hybrid work, genre, visual art, and more. Each issue we showcase work that “abandons form,” (think hybrid or experimental work) and every other issue will be a variation on a theme of abandon. We are writers, too, and we are committed to paying our contributors–at least a modest honorarium, until we’re able to pay more–and never charging a fee for general submissions.

Social Media Platforms Used
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
no
Primary Editor/Contact Person
Phillip Scott Mandel
Contact Title
Founder, Managing Editor
Publishes
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, art, translation, audio, video, gr_novel
Submissions Policy
Fiction, poetry, CNF, flash, visual art. We want to showcase writing and artwork that has been created with abandon. That term is free to be interpreted liberally, but ideally it is the kind of work that takes risks, created in a space wherein the artist doesn’t care what anyone else thinks or what everyone else is doing. This means that we’re open to so-called “genre fiction,” from mystery to sci-fi to romance to fantasy to horror to whatever strikes your fancy. As long as the writing is powerful and abandons the preconceived notions of what is expected, we want to read it.
Payment: At the moment, we are paying authors a humble honorarium for their work ($15 per piece or series), and in the future we hope to provide more substantial compensation as our resources permit.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Yes
Submission Guidelines URL
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
yes
Reading Period
Varies
Reporting Time
6 - 8 weeks
Author Payments
cash
Number Of Unpaid Staff
7
Year Founded
2021
Number Of Issues Per Year
4
Ads?
yes
Average Page Views Per Month
6000
Average Unique Visitors Per Month
2000
Publish Print Anthology?
yes
Fiction
30
Nonfiction
20
Poetry
30
Art
20
Name
Phillip Scott Mandel
Title
Managing Editor
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
Along with a few terrfific writer friends, I created Abandon Journal during the pandemic lock down of 2021.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
We are all readers and editors.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Keep it short and sweet: tell us a bit about who you are, and how you found out about us, and anything we might need to know about your submission that isn't obvious. Do not give us a summary of your story or poem; let the work speak for itself.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
Through Submittable, with general guidelines here: www.abandonjournal.com/submissions
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
Anything funny goes straight to the top of the list. As does fearless, emotional impact, surprising, and experimentation. No hate speech.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Abandon preconceived notions of what you think people want to see, and abandon your fear. Just send it. But do these two things, first: 1) Edit it at least twice; and 2) Proofread your work before sending it.
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
We received poetry from a high school student in Philippines that was so outstanding--genuine, raw, honest, and moving--we've published her in both issues so far. A terrific find, we're lucky she found us.
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
Anybody.

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