Supraterranean.com is a new kind of online magazine where writers, filmmakers, photographers and artists can self-publish their creative work, including fiction, nonfiction, essays, poetry, video, audio, photography and art. The basic idea is to post all submissions without applying a selection process, and then let the audience respond, recommend, and comment. Items will be featured in the sidebar based on number of views, comments, recommendations and emails.
The site was created by Nick Meador in summer 2008, as an independent study project to finish a Masters of Journalism program at Michigan State University. This is an experimental project, and its success will require the participation of both contributors and the community. For more information, please read the mission statement and goals, as well as the Submissions page.
Watch this intro video by David Meador!
Our mission is to provide a place for you to publish your creative work without having to surpass any external barriers such as editorial selection or membership fees. The website combines certain aspects of a traditional literary journal, the design of a print magazine, and a load of interactive web features. Our goal is to promote the spirit of creativity in a professional setting, taking advantage of the wide berth of material and interconnectivity provided by the Internet. Supraterranean is an attempt to stray from various publishing models (both printed and online), and its future will be shaped by the ideas and actions of contributors and the audience. The website will never exist in a solely fixed state, and at some point we hope to pursue other types of collaborative publishing, including print anthologies, mobile media, and more.
In order from modest to…unconventional:
- To explore the artistic potential allowed by the Internet and associated technologies.
- To provide a “writers circle” type environment where aspiring and established artists of many disciplines can get constructive feedback on their work.
- To break down categorical barriers between journalism, literature, poetry, music, film, and art.
- To emphasize the importance of personal experience and expression in all of these media.
- To showcase the artistic and cultural advancements taking place all over — from Michigan to California, from Germany to Australia — and transfer online interaction into real world networking.
- To connect creative minds around the world who were meant to live, work, and play together, but who have been prevented by geography, language, and other barriers.
- To encourage the excessive use of material in the public domain or partially protected under Creative Commons license.
- To promote fair use of copyrighted material to the extent that is legally allowed.
- To transform, remix, and recreate culture in a way that suits the expressive needs and desires of modern society.
- To evade the pretentious nature of existing literary journals.
- To lessen the selective editor role in publishing (for journalism, literature, etc), and return control to those who create and consume culture.
- To undermine the power of major content corporations who distribute most of the media to which people are exposed.
- To fight the disease of anti-intellectualism rampant in the U.S. and around the world.
Report a problem with the site or ask a general question: admin[at]supraterranean.com
Submit your creative work: submit[at]supraterranean.com
Questions about blogs, or inquiries about starting your own blog: blogs[at]supraterranean.com
Nick Meador (nick[at]supraterranean.com) — Nick created Surpaterranean and currently fills a variety of roles including publisher, moderator, contributing writer and blogger. So far he has also handled art direction, web development, copy editing and digital marketing.
Kaliptus (kaliptus[at]supraterranean.com) — Kaliptus is curating the Tryptophanatic Netvision video podcast, and he’ll be the primary contributor to the upcoming Supraterranean audio podcast. He also runs the Prana Genius blog.
In addition to seeking new contributors and submissions, we’re also looking to add blogs to Supraterranean. If you’d like to run a blog here on the site, please contact Nick Meador at nick[at]supraterranean.com. Make sure to include your idea for blog name and focus, a brief bio (your resume would help as well), and writing samples (or a sample blog post, if your blog would feature mostly visual content like photos or videos).
Supraterranean is dedicated to maintaining a clean presentation that is free of unnecessary intrusions or distractions. However, we do have operational costs to cover. If you’d like to help sponsor the site, please click here for more information.
Please support Supraterranean! Whether you’re a contributor or an audience member, we appreciate your donations. We don’t have any external source of funding. Our goal is to operate like a non- or limited-profit organization, and we intend to develop voluntary subscription options in the near future. For now we simply have open donations. To help this experiment in interactive publishing, please use the secure PayPal button below.