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Mon Jan 28, 2013, 4:11 AM


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George Bernard Shaw once said: "If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange those ideas, then each of us will have two ideas." 
Asymptote Journal embodies this sentiment, battling bravely against the two tyrannies of distance and every beautiful and irritatingly different language on this planet to bring you the best literature in the world. They've just celebrated their second anniversary with events in Barcelona, Beijing, Berlin, Chicago, Islamabad, New York, Singapore, and Taipei--and, seeing as how deviantART is practically a separate country in its own right, I thought I'd bring the party here too.

So why have I come out of the woodwork like a bookworm that lost its way to spout at you, spit and glittering eyes, about this great magazine? Well, you may not know that one of the past heroes of the dA literature community, lovetodeviate, is poetry editor at Asymptote. That fact recently led me, like a lamb to a tea party completely sans slaughter, to inquire about getting involved myself, with the happy outcome that I am now interning for the journal myself. And I'm excited. I really am. And I want to share that excitement with you.

But personal factors aside, this is also an extremely valuable submission opportunity for those of you who work in more than one language; Asymptote is always looking for fiction, poetry, drama, and literary nonfiction which has been translated from another language into English, as well as criticism and interviews either translated into or written in English. They're also always on the lookout for visual artists for their covers. And to be published in Asymptote is to be published in incredibly good company; in the past two years they've seen contributions from such greats as Haruki Murakami, Etgar Keret, Howard Goldblatt and three separate Nobel Prize winners. That's one hell of a dinner party. 

On that note: Asymptote's submission guidelines can be found here. Please follow them carefully, or it'll be on my head. Note the current call for fiction from Africa!

But what if your tongue only swings one way? The good news is, it doesn't matter if you're monolingual or a disgusting polyglot like tiganusi; if you love literature and want to help us bring you more amazing work from around the globe, you can. As you might have ascertained from the swish video up above, Asymptote is currently running an Indiegogo campaign, and we really need your help. Perks include postcards, posters, literary care packages and an exclusive series of totes I personally spent a very harrowing two weeks arranging, so I can guarantee they're good. I'm so serious about this that anyone who puts their money where their mouth is will get a free poem from me. To put in their mouth. Or something.

Or everything. Because this is serious. And right now, if the curious monogreen of our little community is the Garden of Eden, then I'm the snake wisping down a tree with an apple. That apple is Asymptote. And if you bite into it, you'll be just like Eve. You'll discover an entire world.


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cybergranny Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I'll have money I'll donate for sure.
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Writer
:thumbsup:
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013   Writer
Sweet gig! I think I've heard it mentioned before, but I didn't know what it was all about. Thanks for informing us!
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Writer
It's one of those names that drifts around, I think. Glad you like it!
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julietcaesar Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Contributed $50 and shared on Facebook! I'm looking forward to my Asymptote bag in the mail. :giggle: In all seriousness though, this is awesome. Thank you for bringing it to my attention!
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Writer
Hey sweetheart, did you see this? [link]
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Writer
You are a freaking champion!

And I wasn't kidding about that poem, either. I'm notoriously bad at following through on these, but note me a basic idea of what you want and I will do my level best to get it to you. Oh, and the AsympTotes are lovely--I've got one hanging on the absurdly large Chinese vase next to me right now!

:heart: :heart: :heart:
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
That's good shit.
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Writer
No you.
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TuesdayNightCompany Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
I'm rather interested in this. I'll take a good look at the website.
Congrats on your internship! I admire your dedication.
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Writer
Do! Honestly, the quality of literature featured there is just ridiculous.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was kind of turned on by that last bit :eyes:
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Writer
You're kind of turned on by anything.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS IS BESIDES THE POINT.
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Writer
Please let Aditi know that I say hi; I've been wondering how she's doing as of late.

And thank you for the link. It's a shame that I didn't know about this earlier; attending the New York celebration would've been interesting.
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Writer
I haven't actually got to talk to Aditi yet; I was helping with the Beijing event and since then I've mostly just been getting my instructions from the editor-in-chief. But when I speak to her, I will!

Ah, what a shame. Never mind, though--I'm sure there's more events in the pipeline!
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Wordeea Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
that is fantastic. thank you for sharing, i will most definitely look more into it and congratulations on the internship ! that is fabulous
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional
Damn right I'm a disgusting polyglot. :grin:
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Writer
A big filthy one.
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AzizrianDaoXrak Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ooooh thank you for this. *hurries off to their website*
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013   Writer
I've been following Asymptote since its inception, and I too am jealous you get to intern for them! :giggle:
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Writer
I don't know if it's a case of 'get to'. All I did was email and ask if I could!
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013   Writer
Still, it's very cool. And even more awesome that you had the initiative to ask. :D
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Writer
And now I'm asking again, because I have no shame. Have you had a gander at this yet? [link]
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013   Writer
Oooh I had not. Just entered, because what the hell. Laugh at will. :lol:
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional Writer
Haha, but that's awesome!
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013   Writer
I figured it was the deadline already so I made something up on the fly before class. :lol:
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Vigilo Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student Writer
Holy cow, you're interning for Asymptote? Jealousy flags. Jealousy flags everywhere. They're really great (I follow their Tumblr blog). This is really awesome. Brilliant article. :clap: :heart:
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Writer
Ooh, a fellow fan! Have you ever considered submitting to them?
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Vigilo Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student Writer
Definitely a fan! :eager: I've considered it but haven't dared yet. My poetry's hardly - I mean, they're frankly terrifying in terms of quality and ... the entire dinner party thing. :XD: But I'm doing my extended essay for the IB on translations of Sappho (:la:) or something like that, and it'll be a 4k long essay, so - I might submit that, after it's done, maybe.

ALSO CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN ON THE INTERNING. :heart:
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Writer
Hey. This is a bit of a shameless plug, but did you see this? [link] Free stuff to be won for writing for Asymptote, yo!
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Vigilo Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student Writer
Actually, got no time, I've to run off now, so I'm going to go ahead and post the silly, and then disappear. :giggle: :heart:
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Vigilo Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student Writer
That sounds awesome, but - does the deadline end at the end of 21st Feb, or when 21st Feb begins? If it's the first, awesome, more time, but if it's the latter, I'll post a terrible pun at the cost of my own dignity because free stuff. :lol:
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Writer
Ack, sorry! I wasn't checking this page. At the end of the 21st, although I'm arguing for an extension as well. Nevertheless, that pun was hilarious, and I'm sure nobody would mind if you entered twice!
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Vigilo Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Writer
No worries! Looking back on my entry, I think it's fine as it is. I don't have the necessary spare brain-power this week to make a better one anyway. :lol: I'm looking forward to seeing the other entries! :eager:
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Writer
Well, obviously they only take poetry written in languages other than English. But the essay sounds interesting!

Haha, thank you! I'm only doing a few hours a week for them right now--have to squeeze it in between all the times when my body is hating on me. But it's good fun so far!
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