One of the most surprising and heartening feelings I have working with independent magazines comes when I discover an apparently new magazine for the first time, and then realise that it has actually been around for ages, putting out issues and perfecting its craft. I got to enjoy that feeling this weekend when I finally sat down with Still, a literary and arts magazine that’s now on issue five, which had been thrust into my hands by its maker a few weeks ago at Indiecon.
It’s notoriously difficult to evaluate a literary magazine in the moment – the whole point is that you need to sit down and spend some time with the words on the page. So while I knew at first glance that Still looks interesting, it was only once I got into their form-flexing stories, poems and other written pieces that I really got what it’s all about.
This is a magazine that wants to push beyond genre conventions and experiment with artistic expression. As you’ll see from the video, I really enjoyed their selection of texts, which I can safely say I wouldn’t have come across anywhere else, and the whole thing is bundled up in a beautifully considered editorial package. They publish one issue per year, and I’m already looking forward to number six coming out next Spring.
Challenge yourself with the best publishing from outside the mainstream – sign up to Stack and we’ll deliver a different magazine every month