As a previous magazine editor and a writer with a focus on mental health, Carey Cecelia Shook wanted to contribute to the ever-expanding literary field. She reached out to friends Katherine O’Hara and Tyler Anne Whichard, who also struggle with mental illnesses. Together, the editors strive to spotlight stories that delve into the realities of mental health. semicolon was founded on August 5, 2018.
After the website went live, an outpouring of support came through from friends. Becka Jackson, Caleb Horowitz, and Nikki Kroushl joined the staff as poetry/technical editor, nonfiction editor, and copy editor respectively. In December 2019, Rosie Carter joined as the media manager.
semicolon's inaugural issue went live on January 2, 2019, and its second issue was released on June 14, 2019. Issue III was published on January 26, 2020.
semicolon explores the facets and intricacies of mental health and illness through the various ways it manifests in our lives. We aim to showcase fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by established and emerging writers. We hope that our journal becomes a safe place for those who struggle and overcome.
semicolon is looking for narrative structure and variations in experience: the dark days and the hopeful ones. We appreciate lyrical prose and attention to detail on the line level. We are not looking to glorify or romanticize illnesses—please keep this in mind while submitting.