A Magazine Report: hotdog

 

Hotdog is a new feminist literary magazine, mixing short fiction and poetry, along with author reviews discussing why people read and write. With an interesting and unique design format, the content is contributed by people who feel that they don’t fit within the literary establishment. Aimed at an underrepresented audience and written by female identifying, non-binary and transgender voices, hotdog is the epitome of "girl power.”

 Hotdog Issue 3. Photography: Barbora Mrazkova  @barboramrazkova

Hotdog Issue 3. Photography: Barbora Mrazkova  @barboramrazkova

Initially, the creators of the literary mag, Megan Conery and Molly Taylor, had planned to feature 80 percent female and 20 percent male artists, as a reflection on the traditional split of male and female voices in publishing. However, they soon realised that they weren’t interested in featuring male writers. Molly and Megan believe that “there’s plenty of space for male writer elsewhere; this is just what we’re interested in.” They never promoted hotdog as a feminist magazine, but did not want to divorce the publication from their own feminism. The pair believe that “hotdog is a poetry magazine championing women and non-binary people’s voices. It has very little to do with men.”

When it comes to poetry, Megan believes that "it is such a sensitive from of artistic expression, so you don’t want your format to be too strict. [The format] is all about responding to the content and giving it the platform it deserves.” Molly goes on to explain “not only is the tone of these poems very intimate — sexual harassment, Titanic, dying iPhones - the language and format of the works take a fresh and inclusive approach to the art form.” The magazine is printed on newsprint, immediately making it feel rough and unsophisticated compared to many magazines currently on the market. But, it also proves that literary magazines don’t have to be sophisticated to be inspirational and important.

 Spread from hotdog Issue 3. Photography: Barbora Mrazkova, instagram: @barboramrazkova

Spread from hotdog Issue 3. Photography: Barbora Mrazkova, instagram: @barboramrazkova

In a male-dominated industry, it is important for women to stand together and work hard to give each other a platform in which to express themselves. Poetry, of course, is an effective way of doing so. Writing a poem can express vulnerability, but in the end, who cares? The girls behind hotdog understand that even though it may be easy to say “who cares what other people think,” most of us still do. However, they agree that “being honest with your writing is so important even on the superficial level of pleasing your readers. People want to read honest work, and like, who’s gunna judge you for expressing yourself? If they do, they’re dicks and you shouldn’t hang out with them.” 


“hotdog is personal, painful, funny and arresting. We believe poetry has the power to restore and provides a conduit of human connection while we traverse the landscape of life.” - hotdogmag.com

 

Leanne Gordon