The magazine’s annual contest calls for participation by authors writing in English and in the BCMS languages. The contest is international in format, and there are no geographical restrictions so long as the submissions are in one of the languages specified. Hourglass Literary Magazine is an annual and bilingual magazine which is being published in print and digital form in English as well as the languages of the region (BCMS). Find out more.
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We want to achieve intercultural mélange, first and foremost literary, that is: we will pose a series of questions on the pages of Hourglass Literary Magazine, such as: what are poetics and formal solutions and (pre)dominant themes of authors who write in English, that is languages ​​of the region (BCMS)?! Find out more.

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Modern Reading by Lochlan Bloom

Wednesday 13th July 2016

There is a group, let us call them the anti-fictionists, that proclaims the death of fiction. They call for an end to the make-believe, the fake, the imaginary. Who needs fiction, these anti-fictionists say, when there is the scientific method, progress, development. We may be a society of readers but how much of that time […]

Submission window for Hourglass Literary Magazine's writing competition closed on 31May16

Wednesday 1st June 2016

From autumn (our “early bird” deadline) to summer you have kept us busy, surprising us, challenging us and at times even stupefying us into awestruck silence and now, at the end of it all it is you the writer, the poet, the word artist, who deserve the most to be thanked and congratulated for making Hourglass […]

Hourglass by Danilo Kiš (fragments)

Saturday 28th May 2016

PROLOGUE [I] The flickering shadows dissolve the outlines of things and break up the surfaces of the cube, the walls and ceiling move to and fro to the rhythm of the jagged flame, which by turns flares up and dies down as though about to go out. The yellow clay at the bottom of the […]

Between Hope and Hopelessness by Danilo Kiš

Saturday 14th May 2016

(NOTE: Originally delivered when Kis acccepted the Grand Aigle d’Or prize from the city of Nice.) If I should like to compress into the shortest possible space the realization which I have reached through experience, personal and cultural, even through reading, a realization that is quintessential for my writing, then it would come down to the following: […]

The Great Poets’ Brawl of ’68 by Charles Simic

Thursday 12th May 2016

The biggest and the most illustrious gathering of poets I have ever attended took place in June of 1968 at the Stony Brook World Poetry Conference. There were 108 poets present, according to Jim Harrison, who organized it together with Louis Simpson and others. Most were American, but there was also a sizeable foreign contingent. […]

Danilo Kiš: Advice for the Young Writer

Tuesday 3rd May 2016

Danilo Kis was born in 1935 in what was then the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, and died less than a month before the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. According to literary rumor, Kis was expected to win the Nobel Prize for Literature the year of his death. Before he died, he made a list of advice […]

On Nationalism by Danilo Kiš, 1973

Sunday 1st May 2016

Nationalism is first and foremost paranoia. Collective and individual paranoia. As collective paranoia it results from envy and fear, and most of all from the loss of individual consciousness; this collective paranoia is therefore simply an accumulation of individual paranoias at the pitch of paroxysm. If, in the framework of a social order, an individual is […]