Nepotism is the disease of our age. It infects all strata of society, but nowhere is it more pandemic than in literary publishing. We have become obsessed with status, and no longer have a sense of the collective imagination. Instead of creating a genuine community, open to new ideas and universal progress, we’ve created a publishing environment that explores only the self, and rewards only the institutions that maintain social order. This is an illusory perversion of reality that will not be able to sustain itself. Poetry is capable of impacting humanity on a global scale, but only if language can be encountered outside of the constructions and presumptions that are currently strangling it.
In order to make a change, the small literary journal—the first bastion of publishing—must take charge in the literary community’s evolution. There are very few journals that are actively combating the greater nepotistic picture. For instance, the journal Anon should be lauded for their commitment to reading submissions blindly. Realistically, though, shouldn’t that be standard practice for every publication? Anon has taken a crucial step toward egalitarianism, but even they have not explored the bounty of non-identity deeply enough.
Introducing Guest Room:
Guest Room will be the first journal to not only read transmissions anonymously, but also publish with complete anonymity. Throughout the entire process—from the initial transmission to the final publication—the identity of the poet will be fully shrouded. Even the editors will at no point have knowledge of who transmitted what, nor which poets end up appearing in the journal. All poems will be credited to Guest, and there will be no author bios.
We have no guidelines and no restrictions. Guest Room accepts simultaneous transmissions, previously published work, full-length manuscripts, narratives, plagiarized poems, haiku, extraterrestrial verse, traditional forms, and all other extensions of poetry you may care to invent. There are no reading periods, no deadlines, and no competitions. The only rule is that you must transmit anonymously. If you include your name or any identifying information, your transmission will be filtered out automatically.