RED INK wants to publish stories and essays which move beyond the typical “Indian” story or experience. The piece should explore varieties of Nativeness, or new ways of speaking about Indigenous experiences, rather than saying things already said before, or stereotypical of Hollywood. Language can be quiet or passionate or pushy. But truly, we seek that piece which results in a head nod moment of connection, that moment where perhaps the purpose no longer matters, but the work allows readers time to engage and understand the art without needing to place the art in a box. We certainly get excited about work experimenting with form or voice or character or genre.  But too, well-written linear works or oral stories also will be highly considered. Works that celebrate and evoke Indigenous worldviews which oftentimes don’t get sought out and are underrepresented are central to our purpose. Under consideration is a balance of male and female voices, as well as shorter and longer pieces. Good writing goes far with us and says a lot about time and effort given to the work.

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