Kith Review is an exciting new project: a new literary magazine in the making from Down Deep Books, in collaboration with Jan’s writing site — Kith: for a different story. The imprint exists to help writers develop more humane rhythms and to make space for experiences of kairos (moments of truth, epiphany and connection).
Our values are
- Radical generosity
- Deep attention
- Transformative creativity
We’d love you to help us launch this new venture into the world. You can find out about sponsorring the magazine, becoming a founder subscriber or taking out a pre-order subscription here
Every pre-order or pledge will make a big difference and each pledge comes with one or more thank you rewards.
Kith Review aims to be a thoughtful space for nurturing connection.
Kith Review will feature:
- stories, poetry, art and essays that change the stories we live by — contemplative, radical, nurturing and challenging.
- writing that is imaginative, inventive and questioning.
- writers who are exploring what it means to live in this moment, always asking: ‘Does it enhance connection?’
Kith will welcome submissions to our themed online issues (Spring and Autumn) from poets, story-writers, essayists, ecologists, slow food advocates, environmental activists, herbalists, utopian thinkers, musicians, trail walkers, artists, artisan makers and writers across a multitude of disciplines contributing new stories of people, communities, non-human relationships and the planet.
The magazine will be open for submissions from March 7 and you can find out everything about submitting below. The theme of the first issue is abundance.
Please read the submissions guidelines carefully and we look forward to reading your work.
Kith is an explorative space for those who believe that each of us and the world can become a different story, committed to nurturing connections to our art and in our lives, a space where we can slow down and listen, trusting that this is enough.
Kith Review welcomes submissions to our themed online issues (Spring and Autumn) from poets, story-writers, essayists, ecologists, slow food advocates, environmental activists, herbalists, utopian thinkers, musicians, trail walkers, artists, artisan makers and writers across a multitude of disciplines contributing stories of connection to people, communities, animals, plants, trees and the planet.
Kith Review publishes stories, poetry, reflections and essays that change the stories we live by — contemplative, radical, nurturing and challenging.
You can submit up to 3 poems in one round or up to 50 lines each or one longer poem (up to 150 lines). We are also happy to receive prose poetry and concrete poetry.
Reflective pieces, essays and stories can be from microfiction tiny lengths to 3,000 words.
We are also open to photo essays, individual photos and illustrations in both black and white and colour.
Please see indvidual requirements below.
We recognise that layout is as important as the words used.
Please use a simple font and set the work against the margin (no tabs or counted spaces). unless you have any indented lines in which case please use tabs (not counted spaces). If you have any unusual layout it’s also worth sending us a PDF as well as a text document (.doc or .docx)
You can sumbit one story, essay or reflective piece in each round.
Please use an easy to read 12 point font, double spaced.
Please don’t indent paragraphs, simply leave an extra line space between paragraphs.
Please send artwork as high resolution jpegs, at least 300 dpi.
For files over 5mb please use a file transfer service like WeTransfer or Mailbigfile.
For any accompanying notes with art work or for art work that accompanies a story, poem or reflection please also see the poetry and/or prose guidelines.
For the Autumn issue the submission window is March 7 - April 22.
For the Spring issue the submission window is October 31 to December 1.
Please email poetry and prose work to jan using the subject line 'Kith Review Submission'.
For artwork please use a file transfer service to jan's email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include your name and postal address in the email.
Please include a short biography up to 60 words that includes something about the land you live on and your creative practice. We can include a website or blog link but we don't include social media links.
We only accept submissions that are previously unpublished including in online publications.
We do accept simultaneous submissions, however, please notify us promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere as once the designer has set the magazine we may not be able to remove your piece.
We do not accept any postal submissions.
Copyright remains with the author.
Work will not be returned, so please keep a copy.
The editors reserve the right to make small changes to spelling and grammar.
For the Autumn issue we will contact successful submissions by the end of July.
For the Spring issue we will contact successful submissions by the end of January.
Due to the large volume of submissions we are not able to contact those who have sent unsuccessful submissions or to offer feedback.
We are currently gathering our first subscriptions. There is also the opportunity to become a sponsor to help ensure the magazine takes off or to become a founder. You can find all the options here