This is a short rant from an editor of smaller journals, including Palabras [A Journal of Exchange].
The support is out there, if you can find it.
People flock to literary journals, hoping to get published, hoping to find a community, and hoping to hone their craft.
Literary journals are hard work, and they don’t come cheaply either. You’ll have to expend some blood and treasure on them, but they’re totally worth it in the end.
Small journals need support from everyone. It takes a village, folks, and sometimes the villagers are tired, but they’re still needed.
If you haven’t submitted to a small journal, consider doing so. They’re usually more responsive, and they usually care a bit more about their artists. These smaller journals know about all of the love and care that goes into one’s submission. They don’t reject submissions lightly.
If you find yourself thinking about starting a small journal, do your homework first. It’s uphill all ways in the snow.
Lastly, remember that journals are a product of love and are rarely successful when it comes to the dollars earned. Don’t be in it for the money, or you’ll end up broke and out of business far too soon. Do it for you. Do it for the community. Be the tired villager, who stays up into the wee hours of the night, searching for ways to expand the readership and attract artists to your publication.