About Quaint Magazine

Quaint (adj.):
c.1200, cointe, “cunning, ingenious; proud,” from Old French cointe “knowledgeable, well-informed; clever; arrogant, proud; elegant, gracious,” from Latin cognitus “known, approved,” past participle of cognoscere “get or come to know well” (see cognizance). Modern spelling is from early 14c.

Later in English, “elaborate, skillfully made” (c.1300); “strange and clever” (mid-14c.). Sense of “old-fashioned but charming” is first attested 1795, and could describe the word itself, which had become rare after c.1700

In Chaucer’s usage there seems to be an overlap between the words “cunt” and “quaint” (possibly derived from the Latin for “known”). “Quaint” was probably pronounced in Middle English in much the same way as “cunt”. It is sometimes unclear whether the two words were thought of as distinct from one another.

Quaint Magazine began as an exercise in rebellion. After reading this LitBridge article by Monica Lita Storss, about the gender divide in publishing/hiring (specifically in poetry), we were appalled. How could someone – another woman – dare to suggest that women are underrepresented in publishing because aren’t “paddling out into the lineup and claiming [our places]”?

It is a well-documented fact that women (and even more so women of color, and trans or genderqueer women) are severely underrepresented in the world of literature. One need only look to the VIDA statistics from 2012 to see that. And yet, apparently, the onus is on us to “tribe” together and do something about it.

I guess the article made us angry enough that that’s exactly what we did.

Quaint Magazine accepts submissions from female-identified and genderqueer/non-binary folk only. We are strongly committed to publishing work from traditionally marginalized writers, and in exploring identity performance, particularly as it pertains to subverting the cultural cliche of femininity. As such, we cannot accept from from cis-gendered men. This is our way of balancing the scales. Sometimes you have to be exclusionary to foster a more inclusive literary environment, overall.

Quaint Magazine’s aesthetic can best be described as politically aware subversive horror candy-coated and wrapped up in a ribbon. We like the visceral and the disturbing, particularly when its married to the cute and innocent. We love Arielle Greenberg & Lara Glenum’s concept of the Gurlesque . Some of the staff’s favorite writers are, in no particular order, Angela Carter, Shirley Jackson, Kathy Acker, Margaret Atwood, Kate Durbin, Lara Glenum, Joyelle McSweeney, Roxane Gay and Dorothea Lasky.

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