A letter from the editor
Dear Readers and Contributors,
When fellow editor Bee Walsh and I sat in her Brooklyn apartment in October of 2013 and let my dream of starting a literary magazine unfold before us, we didn't know what we were doing. We had no idea how much work it would be, how long we could sustain it, or if anyone would care. Nearly three years later, RPD has become something we care for deeply, not just as a thing we gave birth to, but as a community of creatives that we have come to love and admire.
Over the past three years, we have had to learn about online periodical publishing, how to best present the work of our contributors, and how to choose work that represents the fiery core of the magazine. Our staff has changed. Our website has changed. All the time, though, we were stumbling toward something important, something closer to true reason we began RPD in the first place.
When life got in the way earlier this year, I feared for this magazine. I would lay awake in bed at night and see all of the issues we would never publish dance across my bedroom ceiling. So when the dust settled and summer came, I made sure that breathing new life into our beloved publication was a top priority. The first thing we did was shut down submissions and sift through over 200 works of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. We gave careful consideration to everyone who had sent us their words, and created a solid representation of the level of work we have always been looking for. It's a big issue, not unlike the thick fall fashion magazines you see at this time of year in book stores. This is our September Issue.
Now as we look forward to the future of RPD, we have returned to the things Bee and I spoke of in Brooklyn years ago. You will notice the site has returned to a simpler, starker look. We were always inspired by 90's zines and the Riot grrrl movement, and so RPD's look emulates that now. We had also spoken of our mutual love for epistolary work, and so RPD will now be focused largely on that style in every genre. We are looking for letters to the editors, letters to people you know, letters between fictional characters, and epistolary poetry. We will still give the same thoughtful consideration to non-epistolary works, but this is something that calls to us, and so we must respond. All of our new guidelines are listed on our Submittable page.
We have pared down our staff. Due to their own wonderfully busy schedules, Kaity and Adam have had to step away from us. We wish them both an abundance of good fortune in their new endeavors. In returning to a staff of four, however, we must be realistic in what we can produce. Therefore RPD will no longer be workshop-based. We will publish four times a year, and be open for submissions four times as well - for thirty days every three months.
Today is September first, and this reborn version of The RPD Society is now open for submissions. We look forward to reading your incendiary, wild, funny, scary, touching, angry, sorrowful, poignant work.
Just make sure it is not for the faint of heart.
With love and gratitude,