Dear Syntax & Salt readers and contributors,
Before I get into all the stuff coming in 2017, I want to thank everyone who has been a part of making our first year successful. We started this as a labor of love, knowing it would be a lot of work, because we set our sights high. I could not be more pleased with how Syntax & Salt has grown, or the beautiful work we were able to attract from new and established writers alike. Our authors, readers, and staff are all integral to our success, and to helping us find ways to grow further. Thank you all.
And now, I’ll get right into what’s coming in 2017:
First, we’ll move to specific, transparent reading periods, and we won’t close to submissions via Submittable. Our publication and reading schedule is as follows:
- January 21 – Issue 1:2017 (be sure to submit by 12/30!)
- March 20 – Staff Issue (more on this below)
- June 21 – Issue 2:2017 (reading until May 30)
- September 22 – Issue 3:2017 (reading until August 30)
- December 21 – Issue 4:2017 (reading until November 30)
Next, the staff issue mentioned above is an idea I’ve been considering since day one as I’m fortunate to work on Syntax & Salt with some of my favorite writers. One thing we decided early on is that allowing staff submissions for regular issues at this time felt a little weird given everyone’s level of involvement with the magazine. However, I like to find ways to break rules both literary and of my own creation, so I’ll be procuring stories from current and previous staff, and I cannot wait for that issue to go live.
We’ll also be moving towards providing more frequent content in the form of roundtable interviews and reviews, posts from the editor’s desk, and a couple of other areas that are being scoped out. Previous authors will be hearing from me over the coming weeks to see about participation interest.
Our final and biggest change: we’re expanding Syntax & Salt from a journal of magical realism to a magazine of speculative fiction. This means we will be accepting fantasy, science fiction, and everything in-between starting January 1. Guidelines will be updated soon to reflect what we’re looking for, and what we’d rather not read, but we are still decidedly focused on literary fiction within that scope, as opposed to styles traditional to the genre. (Spoilers, we’re not really into zombies, vampires, overly superior elves, or grumpy dwarves.)
That’s a lot to work towards, but I’m confident that these improvements will help us reach a wider audience and better support the authors we’re so fortunate to publish. Thanks again for being a part of our family, and keep your eyes peeled for more thoughts on the changes mentioned above!
Ani King, Editor in Chief