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‘Tincture’ literary journal to close

Australian online literary journal Tincture has announced that it will close at the end of the year.

The quarterly journal was established in 2013 and has featured fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction by Australian and international writers, including Anna Spargo-Ryan, Michelle Cahill, Eliza Henry-Jones, Jane Rawson and Omar J Sakr.

Tincture’s founder and editor Daniel Young told Books+Publishing he made the ‘tough decision’ to close the journal because ‘running Tincture while working full-time [had] taken a big personal toll’. He also cited the many hours of volunteer work that the journal required as another reason.

‘Since Tincture began in 2013, we’ve felt it important to pay our contributors, and this has been possible by keeping other costs low and continually engaging with the community in order to maintain and increase our readership,’ said Young. ‘We achieved a healthy subscriber base and have managed to do this without any external funding support. However, the reality of this is that it discounts the many hours of volunteer work from myself, our poetry editor Stuart Barnes, submissions readers Kirby Fenwick and Michelle McLaren, and our former proofreading and editorial assistant Jessica Hoadley.’

‘To be clear, we’ve all been very happy to do this work: it has been rewarding, joyful, and has given back to us immeasurably. But, short of scaling back my day job, I didn’t feel like I had the time to continue for another five years,’ said Young.

Tincture’s 20th and final issue will be released on 1 December and will be available for purchase on the journal’s website and major ebook retailers. In 2018, the journal plans to make its entire back catalogue openly accessible.


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