Online Literary Magazines Decoded – The Four Quarters Magazine
(This is the first of a series of posts planned, as the title suggests, to decode online literary magazines with an aim to provide this resource to writers who are keen to submit their work to them. Comments are invited to help make this series even more comprehensive).
I am mesmerized by the cover. The crimson discs with dark red clots, sandwiched between the brown insects (some with their insides squished out) and neat stacks of bronze coins, drag my willing eyes again and again to itself till I click on the link that went live at the stroke of midnight of the 17th instant. I swiftly scan the current offerings of The Four Quarters Magazine (TFQM) and am not disappointed. Eye and soul candy are rolled into one delectable treat, which is themed, “To Ugliness.”
TFQM is an online literary magazine which launched its first issue in December 2011 and from the very first day it seems to be competing with itself in providing a literary feast that never fails to impress and awe. It began with Poetry, Fiction and Memoirs in the first issue with translations and non-fiction prose added in the next. Artworks were introduced in the third issue followed by book reviews in the fourth. Clearly, TFQM seems to revel in pushing beyond its own borders.
Dedicated to the fostering of creative writing in English, TFQM is an elegant literary quarterly, jam-packed with well-known literary names as its peer reviewers, guest editors and contributors as well as interesting new voices, from all over the world.
It is, as it says “a labour of love – a love that dares speak its name, a love of literature and the written word, a passionate polyamory of sorts.”
The latest issue has been launched this time as independent html pages for better readability instead of the usual pdf pages. Embellished with intriguingly intricate art work by Arjun Choudhuri, who is also one of the editors ( Arjun Rajendran and Samyak Ghosh are the others, while well-known poet/writer, RK Biswas did the honours as the guest editor) this issue provides an intensely satisfying read to lovers of great literature.
If you are a writer:
- No fee is charged for submissions. The following are invited for publication: Poetry, Prose Fiction, Prose Non-Fiction, Experimental Writing. Artwork and Photography would be considered, too.
- Beginning from the previous issue, the submissions are required to fit a clearly explicated theme. “Writing Memory” was the previous theme while the current one is “To Ugliness”. Theme for the next issue is yet to be announced.
- The Submissions page provides clear information about the whats and hows of the submissions. For example, they clearly do not accept ‘saccharine’ romance. But hey, read the rest carefully.
- No deadline dates mentioned on the site but do request to join the TFQM group on Facebook where the information is disseminated at the relevant time. The issues come out in December, April and August. The theme is announced approximately two months before the issue publishing date with one month to submit. Keep an eye out for the exact dates.