Riddled with Arrows is an online literary journal dedicated to writing about writing. We seek (short) metafiction, ars poetica, and writing that celebrates the process and product of writing as art. No restrictions on genre or form, so long as the work is about writing, straight up. Please see our guidelines for more of what we’re looking for.
Riddled with Arrows Literary Journal takes its name from “Poetry”, a poem by Pablo Neruda:
“…and I wrote the first faint line,
faint, without substance, pure
of someone who knows nothing,
and suddenly I saw
with arrows, fire and flowers,
the winding night, the universe.”
with credit also to Seamus Heaney’s, “From the Frontier of Writing”:
“…and everything is pure interrogation
until a rifle motions and you move
with guarded unconcerned acceleration—
a little emptier, a little spent
as always by that quiver in the self,
subjugated, yes, and obedient.
So you drive on to the frontier of writing
where it happens again.”
(Get it? Quiver… arrows….)
More than once we’ve seen literary magazine guidelines that say they specifically do not want writing about writing. As writers, we just can’t wrap our heads around that. What wordsmith doesn’t have a poem about the agony and bliss of poetry; a story about an author writing a story; a notebook full of I-don’t-know-what-to-call-this bemoaning a missing muse, an empty page, a heart that wants to write but just can’t find the words?
Writing about writing is a time-honored art. Even Sappho indulged in it:
“May I write words more naked than flesh, stronger than bone, more resilient than sinew, sensitive than nerve…”
Riddled with Arrows Literary Journal was created as a safe haven for poetry about poetry and prose about prose. More than this, we seek to compile a body of literature that flies in the face of this arbitrary prohibition against Writing writing.