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Oblong Magazine Interview

Posted on 12 March 2008. © Copyright 2004-2018 WriteWords
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WriteWords talks to Henry Carroll, co-editor of Oblong Magazine

Tell us something about your background.

OBLONG is a strikingly individual quarterly print based arts magazine launching this August. The magazine combines intellectual ideas and articles with an anarchic wit and a strong appreciation for the absurd. While rooted in the visual arts, OBLONG traverses the boundaries of science, politics, history and nature. It’s a kind of creative menagerie packed with oddball ideas, seductive imagery, informed debate and quirky left-field thinking.



How do you find your writers?

There are two ways; in editorial meetings we discuss ideas for articles that we would like to feature, we then put together a brief and approach specific writers with the right expertise. The second method is to encourage writers to approach us. Unsolicited proposals are the lifeblood of OBLONG, as we rely on the inventiveness, creativity and individuality of our contributors to shape and evolve the magazine.


What might a typical issue feature?

Articles between 1000 – 2000 words in length on a variety of subjects. For instance, among other things, our first issue will feature an article on proposed orbital sculptures, a history of poodle clips and an analysis of ‘artspeak’, all written by a range of people; from university professors to seventeen-year-old school kids! As well as this, OBLONG is packed with sumptuous illustrations, frank and direct interviews, some fiction pieces and lots of other humorous titbits.



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Comments by other Members



Cornelia at 09:43 on 15 March 2008  Report this post
Sounds intriguing but it's also a bit confusing. I thought the first question, about 'background' didn't elicit the information it requested. It just described the magazine in very general terms. It would be good to have included something about who is launching the magazine, where and why, a statement of purpose together with profiles of the editors.

There's also no mention of pay, which would interest potential contributors.

Sheila


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