Issue 35, Final Fringe

Manifesto

We think literature is a place to safely explore controversial and unpleasant topics and unfamiliar points of view. Our special mission is to diversify the existing literary community, both aesthetically and demographically: We aspire to publish styles and genres that other journals eschew and we take particular pleasure in publishing voices that are not often included in the canon.

We worry about the state of modern literature. We worry that it’s too realist, monolithic, corporate, print-bound and locked in its own bubble.

That’s why we founded Fringe. Fringe is the noun that verbs your world. We publish work that is political or experimental in form or content and define both “political” and “experimental” broadly. “Political” can mean work that incorporates or comments on current events or it can mean literature and art that further personal dignity and advocate human rights. We regard “experimental” work as work that breaks with the canon, takes formal risks, or explores a strange or impossible point of view.

As a new media journal, we’re able to publish frequently and reach a wider international audience than a traditional print journal (some 13,000+ people across the world each month).  In addition, our online format allows us to publish emerging multimedia art such as audio collage, hypertext, and flash poetry. Currently, we publish four issues per year in thrice-monthly Monday installments.

We will conclude with a brief song, respectfully borrowed from The Masses. Please rise.

This magazine is owned and Published Co-operatively by Its Editors. It has no Dividends to Pay, and nobody is trying to make Money out of it. A Revolutionary and not a Reform Magazine; a Magazine with a Sense of Humor and no Respect for the Respectable; Frank, Arrogant, Impertinent, searching for the True Causes; a Magazine directed against Rigidity and Dogma wherever it is found; Printing what is too Naked or True for a Money-making Press; a Magazine whose final Policy is to do as it Pleases and Conciliate Nobody, not even its Readers. There is a field for this Publication in America. Help us to find it.