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Washington, DC

The Intentional is a print literary and culture magazine that supports emerging writers and prizes approachability.

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Manifesto: The Intentional

The Intentional is a print literary and culture magazine that supports emerging writers and prizes approachability.

The Intentional is a print literary and culture magazine that supports emerging writers and prizes approachability.

 

 

OUR HISTORY

It’s easy to feel as though the literary world is not for you. We did. It is by and large a socially, financially, and academically elite industry; flipping through literary magazines can often feel like an excruciating reminder of everything you don’t know. We wanted to create our own space, where quality literature could be more approachable for all kinds of people. So with very little experience and even less money, we set out to prove that we were capable of building something unique, creative, and substantial. We are the scrappy upstart, and we’re pretty proud of that.

We don’t believe you need an MFA to make art, and we definitely don’t think you should need an MFA to appreciate it. We are champions of the weekend poet, the freelance photographer, the waitress-cum-journalist, the side hustlers, the part-time painters, and the DJ/designer/yoga teachers. The people who may work the nine-to-five, but who nevertheless refuse to be defined by it. Our magazine is dedicated to them. It is also dedicated to the accountants and the bus drivers and the scientists who have no real stake in all this, but are nonetheless curious to read short fiction and hear local music and look at art.

We are intrigued by young people who are searching for their place in the world, and we seek primarily to showcase and celebrate these new voices. When we say that we "support emerging writers," what we mean is that we only work with writers who have not yet published a novel, memoir, collection of essays, or collection of short stories. And we don’t want to publish all the same folks for whom everyone else has a hard-on this week, either; we publish a lot of stuff from the slush pile. We publish work that explores subject matter such as identity, purpose, social justice, and alternatives to the status quo. We figure if there’s something for everyone in each issue, then we’re doing our job right.

The magazine concept was born in Washington, DC in 2012 and the first issue was released in 2013. The website and events developed as a result of the enthusiasm for the magazine, and they supplement our work by contributing to our mission to make literature accessible and support emerging writers.

WHY PRINT?

"I don't think New York publishing has changed much. When he was running Vintage, Marty Asher used to muse about how funny it was that the same people who went around declaring the death of the printed-and-bound word, the people who wanted to get creative or get famous in another realmwhat's the first thing they want once they succeed in said realm? To write a book… E-readers and tumblrs and Twitter and apps don't fundamentally alter the DNA of a culture like ours. They really don't. They are big deals. But they are earthquakes, not the earth.”

- Sloane Crosley

 

We love Internet writing as much as anyone else, but we believe that print media remains vital to the tradition and craft of good writing. The Internet has a way of coercing writers into producing shorter, more sensational or precious, and less thoughtfully edited work, and we believe in the value of preserving print media as a way to prevent literature from being entirely subsumed by this cultural shift.

In addition, we consider the production of magazines to be an art form in and of itself, requiring thoughtful curation and illustration, and we are dedicated to championing the survival of our art.

Literary magazines provide readers the time and the space to really connect with a writer’s work, and we believe the work of our emerging writers deserves to be experienced in this way. Admit it, there’s nothing like combing through a full-color magazine on a beach under the summer sun, or while curled up with a cup of tea in your favorite rainy day chair.

Long. Live. Print.

 

The Intentional is a 501(c)3 public charity. Every dollar we make from any product we sell or any event we put on goes toward the magazine and the writers themselves; our staff is unpaid at this time.

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