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L'Esprit Literary Review 7

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About

L’Esprit was founded in February 2022, the centenary month of the publication of Ulysses. The journal was thus born in celebration of the literary revolution of consciousness represented by High Modernism, and seeks to publish work in that spirit. L’Esprit searches for fearless, audacious, innovative writing that takes risks at the sentence level and immerses itself in the slippery, wondrous underworld of the mind. Interior-focused, character-driven, language-first work is core to our aesthetic principles, writing that eschews convention and experiments at both the technical and formal levels. From Issue Zero contributor Jessica Denzer’s conversation regarding her essay but all is to be dared: “But I think all those writers, even though they’re doing different things, have perfected something that I’m always trying to do: they work from the flow of the sentence, the poetry of it. Even in the most gut wrenching of moments, it’s their language that roots it onto the page and so into the reader’s mind. It’s the language that comes first to reveal the idea, the experience, and the feeling.” The rendering of consciousness via advanced literary techniques allows fiction to portray the human experience across disparate cultures and societies, and discuss important realities of the modern world by shedding light on the universal nature of diverse lives. Think Virginia Woolf—both Mrs. Dalloway and “Modern Fiction”—think James Joyce—both Ulysses and Finnegans Wake—and think Rachel Cusk, Lucy Corin, David Foster Wallace, Zadie Smith, Renata Adler. Rich prose and vividly rendered scenes, peopled by psychologically complex characters engaged in authentic, verisimilar stories constitute L’Esprit’s raison d’être. L’Esprit is entirely nonprofit. Any future profits will go towards paying our contributors, which we aim to do. The journal is a labor of literary expression, with a goal of championing the most fearless, unconventional, risk-adept writing we can find. L’Esprit’s motto, in medium mentem, is borrowed with great admiration from Dorrit Cohn’s seminal study of rendering consciousness in fiction, Transparent Minds.

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Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2022

Publication Medium & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 3 x per year.

Fiction Open

We look for ambitious, voice-driven literary fiction that emphasizes consciousness and interiority in the Modernist tradition. Please no genre work. We seek writing that takes risks on the sentence level and is propelled by dynamic, poetic language.

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Genres:
General General
Styles:
Literary.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words; Up to 2 pieces.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 7,000 words; Up to 2 pieces.
Novel Excerpt Novel ExcerptNo specific word count limits known; Up to 2 pieces.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No OK OKText format submissions
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Nonfiction Open

We will consider personal essays and creative non-fiction that explore their subject matter with the fearless, unabashed honesty of Modernism’s revolutionary tradition. We also look for criticism that engages literary work on a critical, technical, mechanical, and/or theoretical level, including book reviews and essays.

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Styles:
Critical, Literary, Personal, Technical.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: Literature/Books (Theory/Analysis/Criticism).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Review Review800 - 1,200 words; Up to 2 pieces.
Essay EssayUp to 7,000 words; Up to 2 pieces.
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative NonfictionUp to 7,000 words; Up to 2 pieces.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No OK OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

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Dates

Last Updated: 17 Jun 2022
Last Checked: 31 Aug 2022 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 14 Apr 2022 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 14 Apr 2022

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