Duende is the all-online literary journal of the BFA in Writing degree-track at Goddard College. Since April 2013, a group of undergraduate students have brainstormed and synthesized names, aesthetics, promotion strategies, submissions guidelines, literary allegiances, web host options and fundraising schemes.
Our debut issue launched in October 2014. We publish one issue per year in the fall, along with a themed feature issue each spring. We also publish original content at the beginning of every month, as well as monthly book reviews by our editors.
If you are interested in submitting to Duende we accept prose, poetry, translations, visual art, and hybrid work during our submission windows. We accept visual art year-round. We also warmly welcome collaborations by two or more writers, as well as writers with visual artists. Please see our submission guidelines for more details.
We care about you, what you write and who you are. We are looking for authenticity of voice and writing that celebrates lived experience, in all its forms. Duende is committed to having a majority of the writers and artists in our journal come from groups that are underrepresented in today’s U.S. literary ecosystem. That is to say, most of the work we publish will be from writers and artists who are queer, non-binary, of color, disabled, immigrant, working class, youth, elder, and /or otherwise from communities that are too often overlooked by literary gatekeepers. To borrow a phrase from the Goddard College opening ceremony, we welcome you here!
Duende offers thanks to the organizations and individuals that have helped us on our continuing journey toward creating a literary journal. We would like to specifically acknowledge the support of the Goddard College administration, UGP Assistant Program Director, Janet Sylvester, UGP Program Director, Muriel Shockley, our faculty advisor Michael Vizsolyi, and sustaining support from the Gunst Foundation.
Yours in writing,