Brevity is a small online magazine that focuses on literary flash nonfiction, as well as book reviews and craft essays. The magazine has a wide audience of readers and submitters, with work coming in from places such as India, Japan, Malaysia, Spain, Ireland and Egypt. The magazine publishes both well-known and emerging writers, and has been around for more than 17 years. The staff is almost entirely volunteer based.
Could you begin by sharing what exactly you would consider to be Brevity’s mission? Do you believe the current magazine accomplishes this mission?
Our mission has evolved in the past seventeen years. Originally, being small, unknown and on the internet only, we saw our mission as giving a publishing opportunity to writers early in their career and to help define the emerging genre of creative nonfiction, especially flash nonfiction. As we’ve grown in stature, our mission remains the same, except we are able to publish some highly accomplished writers alongside the writers who are just notching their first or second publication. We’ve also begun the Brevity blog, which discusses trends, writers, magazines, and other aspects of the writing life. Amazingly, that enterprise has thousands of regular readers as well.
As a purely digital magazine, Brevity is unique from the traditional literary press. What are the consequences and benefits of having this form of online content? Do you believe it is more accessible to the average reader?
One of the unanticipated benefits of our online presence is that we are a truly international publication, with readers from all of the inhabited continents, and work submitted and published from Korea, Egypt, Ireland, Central and South America, and Australia. We know that upwards of 10,000 people visit Brevity every four mo