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.