The Shine Journal publishes fiction and non-fiction to 2,000 words, poetry and art/photography with a focus on grief and loss. Read the complete guidelines here.
SQF: Why did you start this magazine?
Pamela Tyree Griffin: I stopped the original journal because I was not fulfilled by it any longer-something was missing. Around that time I also experienced several challenges, losses if you will. From those experiences and the people I met throughout that period, it became clear that I was not alone—that there was a universality of experience. I emerged from that with the strong sense that there was a creative side to it, I desired to give people an outlet to express their grief. From all of that Shine was reborn. The light left behind stands for our memories, our thoughts, our feelings that remain after the loss.
SQF: For those familiar with the original Shine (if I remember correctly, you stopped publishing for a while), how is this version different?
PTG: This version is dedicated to the grief /loss experience exclusively. I don't discriminate! Loss can be due to someone's death, memory loss, loss of a job, etc. Grief and loss are universal and comes in many forms.
SQF: What are the top three things you look for in a submission and why?
PTG: I really don't have three—just one: Authenticity. This is about a shared experience so the work needs to show that—even in fiction.
SQF: What most often turns you off to a submission?
PTG: People who don't bother reading the guidelines make me tired.
SQF: Do you provide comments when you reject a submission?
PTG: I didn't used to, but I am starting to give some feedback.
SQF: What one question on this topic do you wish I'd asked that I didn't? And how would you answer it?
PTG: You hit it out of the park my friend.
Thank you, Pamela. We all appreciate you taking time from your busy schedule to participate in this project.
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