Identifying Similarities, Celebrating Differences: DNA Issue 2 out now

DNA Magazine is excited to announce that their second issue is now available to read online (completely free of charge).

The theme for this issue was identity, a topic that dominating headlines as we struggle to understand our place in the world we’re living in the face of political turmoil and polarising media headlines. At DNA, we rebel against the way huge groups of people are defined by the demographic groups they belong to. These neat boxes may appear to bring a sense of unification to the chaos of the human experience but really, they just oversimplify the glorious chaos of 8 billion unique lives. We take a brief peek into the lives of others, celebrating the things that make us similar and curiously exploring our differences.

This issue features the non-fiction work of 22 authors and poets (including Victoria Richards, Michael Carter, Helen Victoria Anderson and Michael Carter). Flick through pages of stamps with Christina Tang-Bernas as she brings a sense of order to her compulsive collection in A Eulogy in Stamps, share the anguish of sibling rivalry with Die Booth in The Cutter, risk entangling with bears in search of the serenity of a trout stream with Michael Carter in Blood Knot and finally, reflect on the role that high-profile medical cases play on our opinions about life, death and the indignity of disease in Phil Berry‘s moving essay Stigmata.

(Interested in submitting CNF prose/poetry/Twitterature to DNA? We’re now open for submissions for Issue 3: Locations. Submission information can be found here.)

Things To Do: 1. Read Issue 1 of DNA Mag 2. Submit for Issue 2

I’m delighted to announce that Issue 1 of DNA Magazine is available for your viewing pleasure! With work from 19 featured writers, each piece delves into the stories behind every day lists. Sing-a-long with Sue E. Barsby in The Family Business, crave caffeine relief with Christopher Stanley in Survivor Guilt and observe your fellow passengers with Tino Prinzi’s  The Same People At the Bus Stop! Reading these stories should definitely be on your list of things to do today.

The magazine is available to read free online but you can also order one of 50 free limited print copies of the magazine from the website (please note: we do charge a small £2.50 P&P fee national fee and £5.50 international fee). For those who like their print magazines, we’ve added a soft-touch laminate to the cover to give it a luxurious feel.

Here are some kind reviews from people who have already read the first issue:

We’re also delighted to announce that submissions are now open for Issue 2 which is due for release in September. For this issue,  we’re looking for interesting and unique insights behind identity and the multitude of things (from hobbies, relationships, schools, interests, beliefs, events or places to name but a few) which form a key part of who we are as individuals. We want to get to know you, the person you see when you look in the mirror. We want to see the places that have made an impact on your life, share in the experiences that have shaped your life.

As with the first issue, we’re looking for 300-500 word pieces of non-fiction poetry and prose – we’ll even accept prose poetry – or 144 character long pieces of Twitterature. If you have any photographs or images which could accompany the piece to help illustrate it, please also send us a copy of the file (either as a .jpg, .png or .psd). The closing date for submissions for issue 2 is Midnight on 24th July, 2017. Send them to us at submissions@dnamag.co.uk

Many thanks and we hope you enjoy Issue 1,

Katie Marsden

DNA Magazine UK Editor

Is writing for DNA Magazine on your list of things to do?

Are you curious about what goes on in the lives of other people? Ever wondered just how differently the person sat next to you views the world? Or wanted to re-live a moment from somebody else’s point of view?

If any of these apply to you, DNA Magazine is probably the literary journal for you.

These days, it’s all too easy for us to stick labels on people and dismiss them. These labels — millennials, baby-boomers, liberals, Tories, alt-righters, Brexiters/Bremainers, feminists etc we all hear them ­ — turn people in to caricatures, shallow characters defined by the stereotypes of that group. They create divisions and stifle empathy as individual stories are lost. We become nameless and faceless, statistics rather than people.

My goal for DNA Magazine is to publish stories that celebrate the lives and memories of ordinary people. To remind people of the experiences and events that make each of us different and unique. It’s harder to dismiss people when you hear about their personal experiences. Not all of us will do great things that will set us apart and be worthy of record in a full-length memoir, but all of us have interesting stories that we can share.

The first issue of DNA Magazine will be published at the end of May. Submissions are currently open for 300-500 word non-fiction pieces that are inspired by the theme of lists. These lists can be as simple as a shopping list or something more visual such as a group of people in a photograph, a collection of objects or locations. A list might be a series of ingredients that go into an old family recipe or a selection of facts that hint at a bigger personal story. You don’t have to include the list in your piece of writing — you might just reference something on it — I just want to find out about the hidden stories behind that list.

So far, I’ve had a varied selection of lists — everything from a list of closed London Underground stations to old playlists, to a group of people one writer sees at the bus stop every day to the items on another writer’s bed side table.

If you have a piece of writing you’d like to submit, please send it (with a photograph or copy of your list) to submissions@dnamag.co.uk. Submissions close on 24th March 2017. The submission guidelines can be found at www.dnamag.co.uk.

 

Katie Marsden

(DNA Magazine Curator)