New Lake of the Woods literary magazine looking for submissions
Group seeks original works for new literary arts publication.
The arts community is about to get a boost with the piloting of a new magazine, Borders and Boundaries, which will feature the work of writers from Lake of the Woods and surrounding area within a 100 kilometre radius. The print publication, targeted for late 2018, will explore the concept of borders and boundaries from any angle the writer chooses to explore. Deadline for the inaugural issue is June 30, 2018. Complete submission guidelines are available on the Kenora Writer’s Group Facebook page at: https:// www.facebook.com/kenorawritersgroup/
Submissions in fiction, non-fiction, poetry as well as artwork are being accepted.
“The goal is to provide a platform for publication, and to motivate writers to create and get feedback on their best work,” said Elsie Neufeld a local writer and editor who is coordinating the project. Special consideration will be given to pieces relating to Lake of the Woods and its surrounding area. Work will be accepted on merit.
While there will be a vetting and editing process as part of the submissions review, Neufeld said it isn’t intended to be overwhelming.
“We really want to open this up to everyone without having people getting hamstrung by a bunch of scary literary expectations. The hope is that writers will benefit from the feedback they receive prior to publication.”
The submission guidelines on the Facebook page provide more details but Neufeld stressed that the hope is to publish as many different works as possible in the magazine, which she envisions being “simple and elegant.”
“If you’ve written a paragraph you really love, send it in,” said Neufeld. She added that they will also be looking for submissions from Lake of the Woods Arts Community (LOWAC) visual artists and photographers to feature in the magazine.
Plans are still evolving. The target for the first issue is to print 1,000 copies of a 36-page magazine that will be available on local newsstands. The project will rely on local donations and funding. A GoFundMe campaign is being considered. The hope is to provide the accepted writers and artists an honorarium, but that will depend on the success of fundraising efforts.
While the project is being driven through the Kenora Writers Group, Neufeld said it also fits with the LOWAC mandate to foster and promote the spirit of creativity in the City of Kenora and surrounding area of Lake of the Woods.
Writers looking for a way to share their work are also invited to join the Kenora Writers Group, which meets every third Tuesday of the month, 6:30 p.m., at the Kenora Public Library.
Additional information is available by contacting Elsie Neufeld at email@example.com.
Kenora Writers Group members (starting far left) Cecil Burns, Theresa Burns, Elsie Neufeld, Elizabeth Page and Tim Armstrong discuss their work at a monthly