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Issue Two Submissions Update

Issue 1 of Feminine Inquiry has been out for some time now and we’ve all been thinking towards the future. We had a blast producing Issue 1, and even more fun hosting our launch party and listening to our fabulous contributors read their pieces, but the most fun part of any literary journal is, of course, getting submissions. There’s something thrilling about culling through a pile of phenomenal writers, oohing and awing over their masterful words, salivating over their sentences (okay not everyone does this), and clapping for joy when we find something we really like.

With that in mind, we’re pleased to announce that we’re about to open submissions again for Feminine Inquiry‘s Second Issue! But wait, there’s more! While we’re still going to be accepting any works of prose, poetry, and art by anyone, anywhere, we’re mixing things up a bit this issue as well. First and foremost, the details: submissions will open up on June 24th and run till August 31st. We intend on publishing Issue 2 in mid October, so we need ample time to plan and prep. As I mentioned above, we accept all works of prose, poetry, and art, by anyone, anywhere, regardless of how they personally identify. For more information on what we’re looking for, hop over to our submission page. 

Now for the new and exciting information:

We’re pleased to announce that Issue 2 will include Feminine Inquiry’s first ever Fiction Contest! We’re looking for Short stories and works of fiction that are exciting, refreshing, well thought out, and just overall great reads. The winner of our 2015 Fall Prize for Fiction will receive a check for $100, publication in Issue 2, a free digital copy of the journal, as well as copious amounts of praise by our fans, followers, and staff members! The contest will also include two runner-ups, who will each receive publication in the journal and a free digital copy of the journal. The contest is free and open to the public, for more rules and judging guidelines, please read below and check out our contest page.

So with all that said, fire up your computers, dust off your short stories, and send us the best you got! We’ll be waiting for it!

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An Apology and Some Clarifications: an Open Letter from the Staff

Feminine Inquiry Team

Hey all,

Feminine Inquiry’s first issue came out and, of course, all of on the team have been working hard and sort of frantically jumping from point A to point B. A lot has been going on in our respective lives, some of us have been trying to find new jobs, others of us were finalizing our graduation plans, so needless to say there’s been a lot of outside stressors coming into the journal.

Unfortunately, in all of that chaos a couple of mistakes were made and a couple of things got left out that we all felt horrible about and wanted to rectify as soon as possible. First and foremost, an art submission by Gina Astuto was left out due to a miscommunication between our editors and the contributor. We all loved Astuto’s piece and were enthusiastic about publishing it, but due to this miscommunication we didn’t receive the proper files in time. We feel like it’s important to address this with our audience as we created this journal to celebrate you and showcase the phenomenal talent that all of you have to offer. It’s disappointing to us that this mistake was made, but we’re guaranteeing that this type of mistake won’t happen again and we’re working hard to rectify the present situation with the artist in question.

Another important omission actually comes from our staff page, or rather, our lack thereof within the journal’s first issue. A miscommunication internally between the main editors resulted in a main staff page being left out which featured all of our founding members. Frankly, there is no excuse for this. Our blog editors and writers have been instrumental in creating Feminine Inquiry, and, speaking as the managing editor for our blog content, have all gone above and beyond their call of duty. I’d like to take this small space here to recognize all of our past, and current blog team members: Lauren Ferguson, Frances Molina, Sarah Neal, Annyston Pennington Abby Hilling, Kelsey Williams, Mandy Romenesko, Jennifer Garcia, and Andrea Martinez. Without them I, and the rest of the Feminine Inquiry team, would have been completely lost and helpless, and in such, they deserve appropriate recognition for being the talented and dedicated writers they have been. As the journal moves forward we intend on having a more permanent staff page, which lists any core staff member as either a present member or a founding member. They will remain, for as long as Feminine Inquiry is active, as founding members of the team—an honor they’ve all have more than earned.

As we move forward we ask that you all continue to grow with us. We’re committed to providing a journal that is not just a safe space for artists and writers, but which provides a safe and communal atmosphere for anyone involved. We’re sure to mess up a bit as we attempt to do this, but we ask that you stick with us, and we hope that you’ll sincerely accept our apology for these unfortunate events.

Sincerely

The Feminine Inquiry Team

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Feminine Inquiry’s Inaugural Issue is Here

Feminine Inquiry Issue Team

It’s Here! After months of hard work, Feminine Inquiry Issue 1 is finally available for your viewing pleasure. This moment means a lot to all of us here at Feminine Inquiry. When we started this back in late July, we were a bunch of wide-eyed optimists with honestly little clue of what we were doing. But we had a vision: we wanted to create a literary magazine which represented female artists, empowered people to start dialogues on feminism, prodded people to question notions of gender, society, sexuality, politics, and most of all, was an enjoyable read for all.

I’d like to think we’ve done that here. Feminine Inquiry Issue 1 is not a web-based thing. It’s available online as a digital journal for $3.00, as well as a print-on-demand option available for $10.00 over here. All your purchases help us to further Feminine Inquiry and keep it operational. We’ve loved every minute of this and all of us have high hopes to continue this on, learning as we go, growing as we go. It means a lot to us that you all are stilling following us around, and we couldn’t be more proud of what we’re offering you now.

Coming up, there’s going to be a site re-design, some new content pushed out to the blog, and, a special exclusive online journal titled “Beyond the Spine” which includes some extra goodies from Feminine Inquiry’s first issue.

Stick around, and thanks for standing by us.

The Feminine Inquiry Team

Interviews

Conversations: An Interview With Artist Shelby Criswell

By Amaya Alejandra

For part three of our “Conversations” series, Amaya Alejandra interviews artist Shelby Criswell, whose various works are featured within Feminine Inquiry’s first issue.

Shelby Criswell is a genderqueer activist from San Antonio, currently attending Santa Fe University of Art and Design for a Bachelors in Studio Art. While their focus is in illustration and sculpture within their program, Shelby also runs an online daily comic dealing with gender and identity. Below, Feminine Inquiry explores Criswell’s views on gender pronouns, influences, and the art of immediacy.

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