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  • Exploring the Experience of Disability through Literature & the Fine Arts
  • About this Magazine:

    Kaleidoscope magazine creatively focuses on the experiences of disability through literature and the fine arts publishing personal essays, creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and book reviews.

  • Editor(s): Lisa Armstrong
  • Contact Information:

  • Organization (if applicable): United Disability Services
  • Address 1: 701 S. Main St.
  • City: Akron
  • State Code: OH
  • Postal Code: 44311
  • Phone: (330) 762-9755
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Submission/Subscription Information:

  • Format: Online
  • Genres: Art, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
  • Simultaneous Submissions: yes (see website)
  • Postal Submissions: yes
  • Email Submissions: yes (see website)
  • Online Submissions: yes (see website)
  • Reading Period: year-round
  • Response Time: 6-9 months
  • Payment: yes (see website)
  • Contests: no
  • ISSN: 2329-5775
  • Founded: 1979
  • Issues Per Year: 2

Publisher's description: Now an online journal, Kaleidoscope was the first magazine to creatively explore the experience of disability through the lens of literature and fine arts. When Kaleidoscope began publishing in 1979, disability was generally viewed and written about from a clinical, rehabilitative, or sociological perspective.

The aims of Kaleidoscope include presenting effective, powerful writing and art to our readers that challenges and overcomes stereotypical, patronizing, and sentimental attitudes while educating, increasing awareness, and demonstrating that any disability or chronic illness is just one part of a person's identity.

Kaleidoscope publishes personal essays, creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and book reviews written by people who live with the experience of disability and chronic illness as well as those who are closely involved with and affected by these particular kinds of journeys (i.e. parents, siblings, spouses, friends, educators, healthcare professionals). We accept work from writers with and without disabilities, but writers without disabilities must focus on some aspect of disability experience. Our visual artists are all individuals with disabilities.

Kaleidoscope is published in January and July.

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