Interview With Sprout Magazine
Can you tell us about the philosophy of Sprout Magazine? How did you come up with the title for the magazine?
Sprout’s philosophy is to provide a space for young people to express their political opinions creatively. The editors here at Sprout believe that the young generation has a lot to say about the world, and should be able to say it through whatever medium they choose – be it through narrative prose, cutting poetry, or pencil sketches.
As for our name, the word “sprout” is a direct reference to the people we want to inspire: young, creative minds who have the potential to take root and blossom with us.
What are some of the challenges of putting together Sprout Magazine? What are some of the joys of putting together the magazine?
Since Sprout’s mission is so specific, it can be difficult to evaluate which submissions are political enough to publish. We often receive submissions that are beautifully crafted but don’t fit Sprout’s criteria of social commentary. However, it brings us joy whenever we feature a new contributor whose political voice may not have been heard prior to their submission to our website. Our ultimate goal is to broadcast the opinions as many young people as we can in order to foster political comprehension and social compassion, so every time we receive a submission from a new contributor, we are one step closer to realizing this dream.
What do you look for in a publishable piece of writing?
Since we are a politically slanted magazine, a publishable piece of writing must have a social or political message. We also look at how effectively this message is conveyed, which is where the technical skill of the writer comes into question. We look at the writer’s use of conventions and devices – this can mean anything from a tasteful use of profanity or line breaks. If it works with the message, it’s publishable.
What are you working on in your own work right now?
I’m trying to expand my horizons as a writer, however cliché that may sound. Prior to a few months ago, I pretty much wrote poetry exclusively. Now I’m trying my hands at critical essays and creative nonfiction, both of which are drastically different to what I’m used to. I’ve submitted my work to some of fellow teen magazines such as Phosphene and Textploit, and will continue to do so.
Where do you think Sprout Magazine is headed in the near and distant future?
Well, our first birthday is coming up on April 15th, so be on the lookout for a “Best of Sprout” issue! Other than that, our main goal is to broaden our audience and accept submissions from all over the world. Hopefully, as we grow as a magazine, we can include opinions from contributors of all identities and backgrounds.