We’re just getting started on the fourth issue of our Shakespeare zine, Brief Candle.
If you are interested in writing something, please use our contact form to get in touch. We welcome submissions on all topics, from all perspectives, from people of all backgrounds. The only exception to this is any nonsense related to the “authorship question.”
From the introduction to the third issue:
We have said from the beginning that the goal of this publication was to open the conversation surrounding Shakespeare to the groundlings. We still believe in this mission, expanding the enjoyment of Shakespeare — both on the page and on the stage — to a wider audience. If Brief Candle publishes a hundred issues but only drives a single person back to Shakespeare, then we have succeeded in our mission.
To that end, we try to be as inclusive as possible can with our submissions, without regard to age, academic credentials, theatre experience, or content. We welcome the unorthodox and especially the intimately personal. As long as the work has some relation to Shakespeare, we welcome it, with the obvious exception of any idiocy related to the “authorship question.”
After four centuries, the average person can still come to the plays with an open mind and find all manner of magic. There are a lot of ways to explain what makes Shakespeare great, but we think that the best reason for loving Shakespeare is that no matter how many times you come back to his works, you always find something new.
During Shakespeare’s lifetime, his works were adored by the educated and the illiterate, the nobles and the commons, the groundlings and those sitting on cushions. Somehow, in the intervening time, Shakespeare has come to be seen by many as the domain only of professional academics. We hope to be a small part of the effort to bring Shakespeare back to the people. We want to do this because we sincerely believe that when people choose not to engage with brilliant works of literature, especially those of Shakespeare, that they are losing out on something tangible and valuable.