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About Quiddity: Quiddity is a multimedia arts venue featuring an international literary journal (print and audio), a public-radio program, and a visiting writer and artist series.

Contact Information:

Editors: Joanna Beth Tweedy, Jim Warner, David Logan, Tracy Zeman

NPR-member WUIS/Benedictine University

1500 N 5th Street

Springfield, IL 62702

Phone: (800) 635-7289

Email: quiddity@ben.edu

Web: www.quidditylit.com

Submission/Subscription Information:

Genres: Prose, Poetry, Artwork, Interviews

Simultaneous submissions: yes Email submissions: no Online submissions: yes (see website) Reading period: year-round Response time: 2-4 months Payment: copies Contests: yes (see website) ISSN: 1941-2606 Founded: 2007 Issues per year: 2 Copy price: $9 Average pages: 165 Sample price (postpaid): $9 Subscription (ind/inst) 1 year: $15

Publisher’s description: Quiddity is published and produced by Benedictine University in partnership with NPR-member WUIS.

The journal features exemplary prose, poetry, and artwork from around the world. The public-radio program and visiting writer series feature select authors and artists. Contributors to the journal are invited to submit audio for the public-radio program.

The term quiddity means “the real nature or essence of a thing; that which makes it what it is.” Those who participate in the arts—crafters, readers, viewers, listeners—are its quiddity, and Quiddity not only seeks work from a diverse pool of individuals but also to share that work with a wide audience.

From the Editor:
The arts have a magnificent capacity to engender moments of keen understanding— moments that can happen across time, culture, and distance, coalescing into a distillate spark of acute discernment. Your contribution to this embrace through your participation constitutes the quiddity of the arts and is deeply appreciated. ~JBT


“A fine choice for any collection of contemporary literature.” ~Library Journal
“The brilliant thing about the medium is to hear poets reading, speaking and singing their works and the extra impact it makes.” ~Cambridge University Press
“A delightful combination of poetry and short fiction…irresistible.” ~NewPages
Recent issues:

This issue (Spring/Summer 2014) of Quiddity features interviews with National Book Award Finalist Matt Rasmussen and poet/ MMA fighter Carlo Matos. The issue also features the winner of our Theresa A White Award for flash fiction Chad Simpson’s “I Later Learned the Fish was a Gar,” as well prose and poetry from Purvi Shah, Gladys Justin Carr, Jeff P. Jones, Jen Hirt, Laurie Lamon, John Warner Smith, and others.

The Fall/Winter 2013 edition features new works of poetry and prose from emerging and established writers around the world, including Joshua Sullivan, Paula Neves, Jesse Wallis, Jacqueline Kolosov, Nicole Hardy, Michael Cavanagh, Scott Doyle, Donna L. Emerson, Kate Asche, George M. Steele, Ernestia Fraser, John McKernan, and Marian Kilcoyne. This issue also features collected artwork from Lisa Fitzgibbons, Marek Czarnecki, Regina Marie Fronmuller, John Nester, and interviews with Walter Bargen, Louis W. "Jody" Fry, and Karen Green.

Quiddity Volume 6 Number 1 features new works of poetry and prose from emerging and established writers around the world, including Rewa Zenati, Jacob M. Appel, Angie Macri, Ellen McGrath Smith, Matthew Burns, Moira Linehan, Jonathan Greenhause, Nadia Ibrashi, Haider Al-Kabi, Andrew Bates, Ruvanee Pietersz Vilhauer, David Moolten, Richard Dokey, Matthew Porubsky, Hellen Ruggieri, and Andrew Oerke. Also included are chalk pastels by George Collin and interviews with Jennie Battles (on Vachel Lindsay) and Jeannie Zeck (on August Wilson).


last updated 05/12/2014