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Tint Journal

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  • The literary magazine for non-native English writing
  • About this Magazine:

    Tint Journal, the online literary magazine for non-native English creative writing, publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by non-native English or ESL writers in biannual issues. Interview and review submissions on ESL writers or books are accepted year-round by contributors of any linguistic background. #showyourtint

  • Editor(s): Lisa Schantl, John Salimbene
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Submission/Subscription Information:

  • Format: Online
  • Genres: Fiction, Interviews, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reviews
  • Simultaneous Submissions: yes (see website)
  • Postal Submissions: no
  • Email Submissions: yes (see website)
  • Online Submissions: no
  • Response Time: 6 weeks
  • Payment: no
  • Contests: no
  • Founded: 2018
  • Issues Per Year: 2

Publisher's description: Tint Journal is the online literary journal with an explicit focus on writers who produce creative texts in English as their second or non-native language.

By choosing English as their means of communication, these writers provide their English reading audience with an immediate take on their values, ideas, and beliefs. They bridge borders and blend cultures without the third party of the translator and offer the purest and deepest understanding of their fiction and nonfiction worlds.

Founded at the LARB/USC Publishing Workshop in 2018, the journal’s mission is to encourage emerging and established ESL authors to stand behind their non-native English backgrounds. Their language has a uniquely modifying quality—a tint—that enriches their stories and consequently their readers’ responses to their stories. To emphasize this and to shine a unique light on each piece, Tint features audio recordings of the writers reading their work and contemporary art by aspiring and acclaimed artists.

Executive editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books, translator and author Boris Dralyuk on Tint Journal:

"Tint Journal provides a valuable, indeed a necessary, reminder of the contribution that non-native speakers of English make to the language, suffusing it with new cultural hues, new shades of meaning. The writing in these pages testifies to the fact that foreignness is not a taint, but a tint, without which our world would be hopelessly dull."

Tint Journal is published biannually by a volunteer-run team in association with the non-profit organization Tint.

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