Issue 35, Final Fringe

We'll Miss You

by Fringe Magazine Issue 34 04.30.2013

We started Fringe at Jacob Wirth’s, a pub just a stone’s throw away from Emerson College in Boston, where we gathered to study. The year was 2005. We were young, ambitious, and tipsy with self confidence as well as strong beer. The literary establishment had a diversity problem, we agreed—not just in terms of whose work gets canonized, but in the drive toward timeless literary realism that often ignored the political and experimental potential of writing.

And so seven young women vowed to create a space for new writers and artists, to give early publication credits to writers from underrepresented political, social, racial, and gendered perspectives. In the spirit of accessibility, we chose an online format to make the magazine free to everyone.

Over the next eight years, we worked hard. We’ve published 281 writers and artists from 15 different countries, including many women, people of color, and previously unpublished writers.

We solicited themed work around the issues of Feminism, Ethnicity, Environment, Working, Maps, and Remnants, and redesigned the magazine’s website three times. We watched amazing editors leave to pursue other dreams, and welcomed dedicated and wonderful people into the board. The editors have produced three babies, landed book deals, written novels, won prizes for their writing, attended each others’ weddings, and cheered on career moves. We’ve also had the pleasure of seeing our contributors win prizes—sometimes for work we published—and watching their careers flourish.

In short, we’ve grown. And now, 2013 finds us ready to move on to new projects, and pass the torch to the next generation of young, hungry literary magazines. We will publish our last issue in June, which will have the theme simply of “Fringe.” To honor the work we’ve published, FringeMagazine.org will be up will be up, with all 35 issues available, indefinitely.

Thank you for sending us your work, challenging us, opening our minds, and keeping us on our toes.

You’re still what verbs our world.


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Fringe: it’s the noun that verbs your world, and the magazine you’re reading. 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.