Sukoon :: NewPages Guide to Literary Magazines
About Sukoon: Sukoon is an Arab-themed, English language, online literary magazine reflecting the diversity and richness of the Arab world, where established and emerging artists, poets and writers of fiction and nonfiction, publish their original work in English.
Editor: Rewa Zeinati
Formats: online Genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, cross-genre, interviews, translations, photography, artwork
Simultaneous submissions: yes (with notice) Postal submissions: no Email submissions: yes (see website) Online submissions: yes (see website) Reading period: year-round Response time: up to 3 months Payment: no Contests: no Founded: 2013 Issues per year: 2
Publisher's description: Sukoon is an Arab-themed, English language, online literary magazine reflecting the diversity of the Arab world, where established and emerging artists, poets, and writers of fiction & creative nonfiction, publish their original work in English. Sukoon is biannual, published in February and August.
Writers and artists are not necessarily Arab nor of Arab origin, but all published art and writing reflects the range and richness of the cultures of the Arab world, where Arabic is spoken—a Semitic language with over 30 different varieties of colloquial Arabic.
Contributors have included poets and writers Naomi Shihab Nye, Nathalie Handal, Hedy Habra, Marian Haddad, Mishka M. Mourani, Frank Dullaghan, Jeff Friedman, Steven M. Schreiner, Zeina Hashem Beck, Hind Shoufani, Sean M. Conrey, Olivia Ayes, Kenneth E. Harrison Jr., Helen Wing, Dorian "Paul D" Rogers, and Becky Kilsby; and artists Majid Alyousef, Mohamad Ghamlouch, Tamer Elsawy and Arz Azar.
Sukoon is an Arabic word meaning 'stillness'; the stillness discovered within as the artist continues to follow his/her creative path for the sole reason that he/she does not know how not to. It is also a phonetic symbol used in the Arabic script.
Contributors to the summer 2014 issue include poets Elmaz Abinader, Naomi Shihab Nye, Frank Dullaghan, Hedy Habra, Zeina Hashem Beck, Tara Ballard, Lana I. Ghannam, Gillian Craig, Fern Carr, Amir Rabiyah, Anna King, Neil Flatman, Art Heifetz, Michele Bombardler, Patrick Williamson; fiction & essays by Janet Testerman, Patty Somlo, Pd Mallamo, Jessy Millner, Reem Rashash Shaaban; artwork & photography by Shurooq Amin, Harry Wilson and Arturo Desimone. Plus two interviews (instead of the usual one) with wonderful poet, writer and artist Hedy Habra, and Dubai-based, Pushcart-nominated Lebanese poet, Zeina Hashem Beck.
last updated 09/02/2014