Tulpa Magazine Turns ONE!

On October 27th 2017, Tulpa Magazine published Jess M. Miller’s short story ‘This Type of Exchange’. This was not only the first Fiction Friday, but the start of Tulpa Magazine itself. Since then this humble online magazine has grown, thanks to the support of readers, writers and a dedicated group of volunteers and artists.

Tulpa fiction art
‘This Type of Exchange’, Art by Rhianna Carr

Tulpa has published 192 stories, poems, articles and reviews, with many more to come. 

All editing, illustrations and review work at Tulpa Magazine is done by Adelaide-based volunteers.

A Word From Tulpa Magazine’s

Managing Editors

‘To our readers, I want to thank you so much for your continual support of Tulpa. When I first learned about Tulpa I wasn’t sure how it would go. Liam and Lisandra are both incredibly talented but an arts magazine in Adelaide? How many people would be interested? Since then we’ve all been amazed by just how well we’ve gone. The magazine has been so much more successful so far than any of us could have anticipated. I can only hope that we continue to grow and expand into something bigger.

What some of you might not realise is that there is a lot of love, time, and effort that goes into nurturing Tulpa. But there is no way we would be what we are today without the submissions we receive, the hard work of our team of writers and editors, and, of course, our readers. So a big thank you to everyone who reads, shares, likes, and talks about our little labour of love.

When Lis asked me to write something she also asked for my favourite pieces that we’ve published during our one year as a magazine. There are so many I’d love to pick but favourites have always been a difficult thing to chose for me; just like deciding what I feel like eating, reading, or drinking continues to be. However, the first piece that came to my mind when considering a favourite is Audrey J. Menz’s short story ‘The Lovelies’. I read this one morning and I was completely enthralled. So much so I had to send it immediately to all my friends as well as force everyone in the house to read it.’

~ Kayla Gaskell, Managing Editor

‘Seeing Tulpa turn one is such as surreal experience. It’s incredible to see how far Tulpa has come in twelve short months. I’ve had the honour of working with so many incredible writers, editors, artists and members of the creative community. Everyone has been so positive about Tulpa from the start and the feedback and support we’ve gotten from every quarter has been unbelievable.

I remember when Tulpa was just a bunch of ideas getting tossed around between me and Liam McNally. We were pretty much fresh out of Student Media and looking to do something different. It was a huge gamble to start an arts magazine in South Australia, I know that. And there were certainly times that I doubted we’d get this far. I definitely think a lot of the credit for reaching one year has to go to the incredible Kayla Gaskell, who joined our management team this year. She has worked tirelessly to help expand Tulpa with book reviews, features and so much more.

None of this would be possible without the small, reliable team of editors, artists and writers who make up the Tulpa team. A lot of them have been around since Tulpa’s earliest days and others have joined us along the way, making for a strong and supportive community. I also have to thank all the readers and contributors– you’ve all played a vital role in shaping Tulpa into what it is today. I’ve loved reading submissions from emerging and established writers from Adelaide and the world! I never expected to find stories sent in from other countries! It’s been incredible.

There have been so many amazing stories, poems, reviews and articles published in Tulpa Magazine. Some of my all-time favourites are Emma Maguire’s short story ‘Housemate Wanted’, Leeza von Alpen’s article on Instagram Poetry and the ‘Restarting Your Creativity‘ series with Kayla Gaskell and Rhianna Carr. But of course, there are so many more that I have just loved.

Expect to see big changes in 2019. We have a lot planned and can’t wait to share it with you all!’

~ Lisandra Linde, Managing Editor (Fiction)

‘This is not something that should have succeeded in many ways. At Tulpa by a mixture of determination and a committed team, we’ve managed to get somewhere exciting.

Is it wise to create an Adelaide-arts based magazine? Good God no. But we gave it a shot and we fortunately have made it to an online presence with a solid and consistent readership.

The key, I feel, to getting to a year of Tulpa is that we had a true and unadulterated passion for the arts behind our activities, from showcasing emerging writers to our coverage of some stunning local talent, we’ve achieved more than I could have hoped for.

Water for the green shoots of the arts community in Adelaide comes from well-acknowledged organisations such as Carclew, Arts SA, and the Helpmann Academy – all of whom are doing amazing work – but it also comes from local artists banding together and working to achieve more as a collective than can be done as individuals.

Well, it’s been a wild ride and it’s unlikely to get any more mundane in the next year – or hopefully many years after that.

Drink in the wonders of Adelaide – and Australia’s – fine emerging arts community. I’ve found a flourishing environment and with the team of Lisandra and Kayla with me on this, it’s going to be a great experience for some time to come.

Deep down, this is a team effort and it’s not just Lisandra, Kayla, and I working on this. We’ve had a wonderful team working hard to provide quality content and help us get (and stay) off the ground.

And without that wonderful team we would never have gotten to a year.

Descend into another year of Adelaide (and Australian) arts. There’s so much yet to come and when we launched a venture that in many ways shouldn’t have succeeded, and find ourselves here, I just want to say thank you.’

~ Liam McNally, Managing Editor




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