Friday, March 20, 2020

Six Questions for Tess and e.kirshe, Editors, The Furious Gazelle

The Furious Gazelle publishes fiction and creative non-fiction to 7,000 words, flash fiction, poetry, and plays. Read the complete guidelines here.

SQF: Why did you start this magazine?

The Furious Gazelle: We wanted to create a place for pieces that are unusual or unique and might have trouble finding a home in traditional literary magazines, such as cross-genre pieces and odd humor. We’re also not afraid to publish long-form writing (even if some people are afraid to read it).

SQF: What are the top three things you look for in a submission and why?

TFG: It can depend on what category you’re submitting to- for general submissions we accept any piece that we think is well written, but we especially love works that pack a sharp punch, grab our attention, and use strong emotion. For Things That Make Us Furious we love something with a sharp wit that makes us laugh, but we’ll also accept a well-written serious rant.

SQF: What most often turns you off to a submission?

TFG: Anything that expresses intolerance such as sexism, racism, and homophobia. We don’t want your weird propoganda— off the top of my head— Christian Jesus aliens who save you and are drawn badly in your children’s books. Also if your female POV character starts thinking about her breasts we are going to stop reading immediately.

SQF: What do you look for in the opening paragraphs/stanzas of a submission?

TFG: That’s subjective, it’s really anything that grabs us personally that will make us want to keep reading. We won’t stop reading unless one of the things in the previous question has happened. We’ll usually keep going so we definitely allow for a slow build.

Also, if you didn’t take time to read it over we won’t either. Incorrectly formatted plays, or copious typos will usually make us stop reading quickly. Also, if your piece doesn’t conform to our submission guidelines, such as wrong word count, we will reject your piece unread. Our submission guidelines can be found at

SQF: If The Furious Gazelle had a theme song, what would it be and why?

TFG: John Cage’s silent piano piece “4’33’’, because we want you to sit in silence for exactly four minutes and 33 seconds and read our site.

SQF: What one question on this topic do you wish I'd asked that I didn't? And how would you answer it?

TFG: What else do we accept?

WELL, we accept book review requests both for reviews you have written and books you would like reviewed. Please put book review in your e-mail’s subject line. We consider new or upcoming books, as well as books that have been published any time in the last five years that haven’t received significant press.

We also have a news section- so if you would like us to cover your book-related events, or want to set up an interview, let us know. We’re always looking for help and new writers so if you’re interested in writing news, reviews or interviews for us, get in touch!

Thank you, Tess and e.kirshe. We all appreciate your taking time from your busy schedule to participate in this project.

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