Editor’s Desk – Week of January 16, 2015

Dear Intrepid Readers,

So we’re halfway through the month—how are those resolutions coming along?


Maybe just *some* of the things.
Maybe just *some* of the things.

We’ve been busy on our end, too—we’ve got a lot on our plate in 2015! We’re in the last stages of finalizing our line-up for the Bulfinch’s Mythology issue & the accompanying Alphanumeric online features. If you’ve been waiting to hear from us, hang in there! In started reading for the next two issues, The King in Yellow and 1001 Arabian Nights. We’ve already received some dynamite work, and we’re excited to see what comes in as the reading period progresses. This is one of the reasons we picked these themes: the broad diversity of the style and the many different threads writers could pick up on and continue the narratives in their own unique ways.

The King in Yellow is considered to be one of the flagship works of cosmic horror, the collection of short stories that laid the groundwork for much of H.P. Lovecraft’s body of work. We hope that writers of cosmic horror, or writers whose work orbits on the dark side of the moon, will find a mine of inspiration in these stories and dig deep into their imaginations for the issue.

Here at Zoetic Press, we love folk tales, fairy tales & fables—just take a look at our first issue, A Grimm Collection of Modern Fairy Tales, or our upcoming issue, Bulfinch’s Mythology: The Age of Fable and you’ll see that we truly believe our motto: “Humans are hardwired to tell stories.” We chose the theme of 1001 Arabian Nights because inclusivity is important to us. We wanted to make sure that we weren’t perpetuating the idea that the only stories worth hearing come from the Western World. And yes, we *do* know that some of the more well-known of these tales, specifically “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves”, “Aladdin’s Wonderful Lamp,” and “The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor,” were not included in the original Arabic texts of 1001 Arabian Nights. Though these stories were later added to the collection by Antoine Galland and other European translators, these stories were almost certainly genuine Middle Eastern folk tales. Like Dortchen Wild, who is believed to be the true “author” of many of the Grimm’s fairy tales, the point of these stories is that before there was any one true “author,” these stories were handed down orally. So feel free when you sit down to write to explore whatever threads of The Nights strikes your fancy—we’re more flexible with this theme, due to the many authors who have already contributed to the primary source text.

Have you read some great books, and want the world of readers to know about them? Zoetic Press is looking to publish reviews—though this is the only category for which we do not pay authors, we definitely work hard to promote authors through our social media networks. Our book reviews are published online, and we’re eager to hear about what you’ve been reading. Send us a book review today!

With the new year comes new changes—two of our associate editors have “leveled up” academically and are leaving our team to dedicate their attentions fully to their scholastic pursuits. We wish them well in all their endeavors! That means that we’re actively looking for new associate editors. The position is on a volunteer basis & requires a time commitment of no more than 4 hours weekly. We are looking for associate editors with a background in the arts, who can give articulate feedback on fiction, poetry & visual art. The duties for this position are light, and include reading and voting on submissions and basic copy editing duties. To join our team and gain experience working for a publisher on the cutting edge of technology, send a cover letter and resume to: alliebatts@narrativetechnologies.com

Finally, we want to close out this week’s Letter From the Editor with a spotlight on one of our favorite contributors, Nathan Tompkins. Nathan is a fixture in the Seattle poetry scene, so if you’re in the Pacific Northwest, check and see if he’ll be reading anywhere. Nathan recently read at Ghost Town Poetry’s Open Mic night, and one of the pieces he selected that night was his piece from NonBinary Review’s issue #3: L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Here’s video of Nathan reading his poem, “The Tin Man,” along with two others—congrats, Nathan, on all your recent readings!

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Don't forget to get out of the house this week, lest you start to sparkle.
Don’t forget to get out of the house this week, lest you start to sparkle.

Until next week—

Allie Marini Batts, Managing Editor
NonBinary Review & Zoetic Press