Friday Feature: Interview with Minola Review

Each week, the editors of Jenny Magazine sit down with either fellow literary magazine editors or past Jenny contributors for short interviews. This week’s interview is with Robin Richardson, editor of Minola Review.

What style of work do you prefer, if any?

We exclusively accept work from women, femme-identifying, and non-binary writers. We seek strong writing by otherwise marginalized writers, writing that tackles difficult issues with both eloquence, and guts. If you are writing from a desire for truth rather than from a place of ego, Minola Review may be the ideal home for your work.

What other literary magazines do you admire?

Public Pool, No Tokens, Cosmonauts Avenue, Room Magazine, Luna Luna Magazine, and CAROUSEL — a hybrid art and lit mag in which a supplement from Minola Review will be appearing in Spring 2017.

What can a writer do to increase chances of being accepted?

Follow the submission guidelines closely. Please do not follow up asking about the status of your submission. I respond to each and every one within the allotted three month time frame we specify on the submission page. Send strong, thoughtful work in its final draft, and please read the journal!

What do you feel makes your journal distinctive?

There are many feminist journals out there, and many offer high quality writing. Minola Review has a very specific editorial vision, which results in heavy-hitting, topical, and engagement works. We also release monthly, bite-sized issues of six pieces, making it easy to go through an issue in its entirety. The site is simple, slick, and visually clean. Everything we do in in service of the relationship between the reader and our writers.

What types of submissions are on your wish list?

Poetry and fiction. Occasionally we accept a piece of non-fiction.

What made you want to be an editor?

I felt a need in the literary landscape, a safe and strong space for women in which we could share our stories with a feeling of support. It seemed the natural next step to create that space. It’s an absolute gift to be able to read and publish so many great pieces of writing.

What kind of things do you write?

I’ve published a few collections of poetry, and have a memoir currently out on submission in North America. Next up will be a novel. Also write the odd essay or piece of criticism.

Where did you get the name of your magazine?

Katherine Minola of Taming of the Shrew.

What inspired your aesthetic?

A desire for beauty and simplicity, a journal that appeals to the eye as much as to the literary sensibility, and that is not bogged down by bells and whistles.

What do you hope to accomplish with your magazine?

To dismantle patriarchy.

Are you a past Jenny contributor or an editor at a literary magazine and interested in an interview? Send us an email.

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