Wiki Lit is a different kind of literary magazine. The aim is to build a living thing that, for the sake of simplicity, we’re calling an anthology. It’s more like a hypertext, or will be eventually, that connects work published in the anthology to more work published in the anthology.
The average literary magazine exists in issues that get read and, typically, discarded. Online literary magazines collect content in archives that get buried over time. We wanted to undertake a project that flipped the magazine model and tried its best to keep stories, poems, and essays relevant and read long after they’re first published on the site. We think that’s what your art deserves. We hope you do, too.
We like to call what you’re currently looking at on this site to be Stage One. It probably looks a lot like your typical online literary magazine. Eventually, every story, poem, and essay published on Wiki Lit will use in-text links to lead readers to other relevant stories, poems, and essays. Think Wikipedia, but for literature.
We hope to keep this as unobtrusive as possible, while improving on what great art already does: leading us to more art.
Before we can see what this really looks like in practice, we need a lot of great art filling these sweet, online pages. We hope you’re as excited about this project as we are. If you have something great, we want you to submit. And we want you to keep watching this space for excellent work that never gets relegated to a back issue.
Thanks for being here. We appreciate you.