Asymptote :: NewPages Guide to Literary Magazines
About Asymptote: "No other contemporary journal
reaches as far into the wealth of the world's literature, or as deeply into
the life of the word."
Editor: Lee Yew Leong
Genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, reviews
Simultaneous submissions: yes Email submissions: yes Online submissions: yes (see website) Reading period: year-round Response time: 3 months Payment: no Contests: no Founded: 2010 Issues per year: 4 Print issues: no
Publisher's description: Asymptote is an online journal that presents the best in contemporary literature from around the globe. We run the gamut of genres from poetry to fiction, nonfiction, drama, interviews, visual art, photography, audio, and criticism. Much of the work is in translation, although not exclusively so. For example, next to new translations of Haruki Murakami and José Saramago, we have published new writing by Mary Gaitskill and David Shields, as well as an interview with Yiyun Li.
Asymptote is put together by an international team spanning 3 continents, our wider net benefitting the magazine’s aim of a global reach. Since January 2011, we have showcased work from over 70 countries and from more than 50 languages (and yes, a search by language is possible). Where available, we set the original text and an MP3 recording next to the translation to let readers experience the look and sound of the original work. Our visual section features full-screen slideshows and videos.
Forrest Gander has called Asymptote "an almost unbelievably good international magazine” and Jane Hirshfield is “enormously grateful for the labor, intelligence, and passion that underlies (our) elegant and eloquent pages.”
New issues are released mid-January, April, July and October. Access is completely free.
Our second anniversary issue (January 2013) includes an interview with Edmund White about all things French and friendship, an exclusive excerpt from the new novel-in-letters-to-an-American-soldier by Amélie Nothomb, a surreal and funny excerpt from the 2012 Akutagawa Prize-winning author Toh EnJoe (plus a brand new interview), and a defense of Mo Yan by Dylan Suher. Plus, the author of T.S. Spivet, Reif Larsen, interviews his Dutch translator.
Asymptote’s Fall issue features an interview with Yiyun Li, poems by Cole Swensen, Ruth Padel and Beverly Dahlen, new fiction by Aamer Hussein and Breyten Breytenbach, the journals of Hervé Guibert, a 1492 novel, Arnon Grunberg on J.M. Coetzee, our first ever graphic novel excerpt, a review of the latest César Aira, part II of a Sinophone 20 Under 40, and the Olympics’ Poetry Parnassus exhibition.
last updated 1/21/2013