Common, founded in 2005 by writer Sharon Hadrian, is based on a very simple
concept: disseminating great, unknown writing and art to a larger audience.
contributor put it, there are thousands of literary magazines and e-zines
available, but most of them tend to focus their efforts on one specific area of
expertise. Whether it's poetry, regional artists, or genre-specific stories,
there's a specialty out there for everyone, but Antithesis Common operates under
the notion that great writing transcends categorization.
Common seeks to create a diverse collection of thought-provoking stories, poems,
commentaries, and art that is sharp and intelligent, yet approachable. "Our
goal is to get our audience to read the magazine from cover to
cover," says Hadrian, who also serves as the magazine's senior editor.
"A skillfully written piece can reach everybody. I want people to see
things in this magazine that they've never seen or considered before, and to go
away thinking about it and talking about it."
Antithesis Common is not simply about producing and publishing a quarterly
magazine. "We want to foster an environment where writers and artists can
develop," Hadrian says. "We don't publish every submission that we
receive, but we do give personal feedback to everyone. This is such an important
step that a lot of literary magazines neglect, even though it's one that will
ultimately help their own cause by creating better writers. Our goal is to
publish the best talents that we can find, but we also want to
cultivate and help the up-and-coming writers and artists--the future
contributors to Antithesis Common."
the reading or writing end of the spectrum, the editors of Antithesis Common
hope that everyone can find a niche with their diverse, unique collections of
art and literature.