Meet The Editor
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My name is Benjamin Imamovic, and like you I am a writer. Or at least I try to be.
As a child, I remember being fascinated by Greek mythology, the Arabian Nights tales as well as, later, Marvel universe comics. Having been born in Bosnia, and having lived in Russia and now in Australia, I have come to appreciate the cultural richness that the best international writing offers: the raw gritty honesty of Bukowski, the depth and elegance of Tolstoy, the authentic melancholy of Winton. Living, as we are, in a world so highly influenced by American media, it is important to hang on to these little, big things that make us who we are.
Good writing acknowledges this not through the repetition of cultural stereotypes but through the expression of the individual, first, and his/her society, second. Our inner human is what unites us through world literature; I believe it is the writer’s duty to embrace this bond and celebrate it at all times.
This, then, is my reason for starting this magazine. It is above all, I hope, an opportunity for young writers from all over the world to be published and discovered. For this reason, there are very few limitations on what I would like to read. I only ask that your work is honest in its approach and truthful in its depiction of the human condition.
What do I mean by truth? While fiction gives us great freedom, it does not divorce us of our responsibilities to our imagined characters to treat them as human beings. I don’t want to see characters who act, feel, respond in ways not dictated by human nature but by necessities of the plot. The plot, the story, should be the thing that happens to your characters, and not the other way around.
If none of this makes any sense, you can do a lot worse than follow Hemingway’s (oft repeated, I must admit) advice.
‘All good books have one thing in common – they are truer than if they had really happened.’ And, crucially:
‘There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.