03 December, 2020

Into Clicklit

Print is tied to a ruthess market. Literary magazines, light purses notwithstanding, are thriving on the internet.

Into Clicklit

When Arun Kolatkar first wrote his poems in the 1970s, he found acceptance in the world of little literary magazines. These magazines seem to have disappea­red. Although not entirely; many of them have shifted homes to a growing online locality. “There has been a lot of activ­ity in the online literary space in the last couple of years. Countless magazines have come to occupy their own tiny corners, providing readers with distinct literary genres,” says Arup Chatterjee, fou­nder of Coldnoon, a quarterly of tra­vel poetics. For many, like Nether Magazine, the move into creating an online magazine came due lack of space elsewhere.

The pros of having an online literary mag­azine are plenty. “Low costs and great demand,” says Rahul Soni, founder of Pratilipi and associate editor at Almost Island. Acc­ording to him, the online medium gives freedom for experimental prose and poetry missing in mainstream publishing. “Print focuses on replicating success stories, like 5,000 copies of Chetan Bhagat or...



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