Interrobang Magazine is a web and print ‘zine for the arts, providing a formal venue for voices of all kinds, whether it be fiction, poetry, nonfiction, creative essays, fine art, or experimental music and video.
The magazine was first developed through members of an informal creative writers workshop work in Providence, RI. The idea of creating a zine was first discussed in 2007. Post undergrad, looking for something meaningful to do, the group's idea was to bring art to our city in a new way. Providence, a city rich in music, art, and theatre, could now showcase a new genre from an independent literary arts magazine - something new and different. The first project was a small success, Issue 1 in the Spring of 2009].
Moving on to the second Issue, the magazine doubled submissions by courting artists outside of Rhode Island. Already beginning to ingrain itself in Providence art culture, the magazine joined IndieArts, became involved in the local poetry slam scene, started attending zine swaps and literary magazine events. Issue 3 submissions went up 400%.
As the magazine continues to grow, the magazine now features work from around the country and beyond. Each issue features a writer and an artist, often including interviews with the artists showcased. Although there is no aesthetic bend to the magazine, no central theme or subject, Interrobang strives to publish cutting edge literary work and seeks out talented & unpublished writers. The underground nature of the magazine allows other more prominent journals and magazines to publish the work as if it was being published for the first time; Interrobang Magazine holds no copyright to the works presented, just permission to publish for one issue. Future and concurrent submission rights and all other rights are the sole property of the writer and/or artist.
Interrobang accepts submissions across creative disciplines. Fiction, Non-Fiction, Creative Essays, Poetry, Photography, Art, Music, and Film are all accepted. The magazine features photography and art in black and white in the magazine but the comprehensive website includes the full gamut of accepted entries. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis but does advertise a submission deadline for each issue.
For readers, the magazine is published professionally through Lulu Press but content for the current issue is always free on the Interrobang Magazine website. Starting Fall of 2010, readers can subscribe. Interrobang is a bi-anual publication with a Fall/Winter & a Spring/Summer issue.
Though not an established non-profit organization, Interrobang magazine survives by a break-even philosophy. It's editors are comprised of a volunteer staff. The magazine runs on sales of zines, merch, and by generous donations. In November 2010, the magazine will starts it's first Kickstarter campaign to raise money for opperating funds for 2011.
The editorial staff lives between Providence, RI and New Orleans, LA and often hosts events at local coffee shops, clubs, and bookstores.