Asymptote :: NewPages Guide to Literary Magazines
About Asymptote: "No other contemporary journal
reaches as far into the wealth of the world's literature, or as deeply into
the life of the word."
Editor: Lee Yew Leong
Genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, reviews
Simultaneous submissions: yes Email submissions: yes Online submissions: yes (see website) Reading period: year-round Response time: 3 months Payment: no Contests: no Founded: 2010 Issues per year: 4 Print issues: no
Publisher's description: Asymptote is an online journal that presents the best in contemporary literature from around the globe. We run the gamut of genres from poetry to fiction, nonfiction, drama, interviews, visual art, photography, audio, and criticism. Much of the work is in translation, although not exclusively so. For example, next to new translations of Haruki Murakami and José Saramago, we have published new writing by Mary Gaitskill and David Shields, as well as an interview with Yiyun Li.
Asymptote is put together by an international team spanning 3 continents, our wider net benefitting the magazine’s aim of a global reach. Since January 2011, we have showcased work from over 70 countries and from more than 50 languages (and yes, a search by language is possible). Where available, we set the original text and an MP3 recording next to the translation to let readers experience the look and sound of the original work. Our visual section features full-screen slideshows and videos.
Forrest Gander has called Asymptote "an almost unbelievably good international magazine” and Jane Hirshfield is “enormously grateful for the labor, intelligence, and passion that underlies (our) elegant and eloquent pages.”
New issues are released mid-January, April, July and October. Access is completely free.
Asymptote's 2013 Fall issue features an interview with Anne Carson and Robert Currie, new work by Péter Nádas, Yoko Tawada, Mircea Cărtărescu, and Uljana Wolf in translation, our annual English Poetry Feature (including Wanda Coleman, Idra Novey, and Danniel Schoonebeek), a review of Jonathan Franzen’s The Kraus Project, and our first work from the Zapotec and Serbian!
Asymptote’s 2013 summer issue features exclusive interviews with David Mitchell, Tan Twan Eng and Can Xue, a new László Krasznahorkai translation, an essay by Griffin Prize-Winner Fady Joudah, our first ever Drama Feature curated by Obie-winner Caridad Svich, poetry by Szilárd Borbély and Pierre Peuchmaurd, Asemic Writing, a survey of contemporary Israeli lit and our first work from Bengal, Panama and the Ukraine!
Our second anniversary issue (January 2013) includes an interview with Edmund White about all things French and friendship, an exclusive excerpt from the new novel-in-letters-to-an-American-soldier by Amélie Nothomb, a surreal and funny excerpt from the 2012 Akutagawa Prize-winning author Toh EnJoe (plus a brand new interview), and a defense of Mo Yan by Dylan Suher. Plus, the author of T.S. Spivet, Reif Larsen, interviews his Dutch translator.
last updated 10/21/2013