contrapasso magazine

I thought this new magazine was worth mentioning:

CONTRAPPASSO is an independent biannual magazine (i.e. twice a year) of international writing published in Sydney, Australia. It contains fiction and non-fiction, interviews and poetry, and appears both in print (POD) and e-book formats. Much of the magazine material, embellished with multimedia content, appears concurrently at this blog:


Contrappasso, n. (Italian). Lit. counter-step, counter-blow. The law of an equal, opposite and meaningful atonement for sin. The punishment that fits the crime. See: Virgil, The Aeneid, Book VI; Matthew 5:38; St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, Q XXI, Art. 1, Reply Objection 3; Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy—by which point the idea finally acquires some irony.

Why the name? In Australia, starting a literary magazine is in itself a counter-step or counter-blow. We appear on the margins of a troubled industry […] Fortunately, recent advances in print-on-demand and ebook technology offer alternative publishing possibilities on the margins. […] Since our home is Australia, we’re likely to find many of our writers and readers here for the time being. [but…] Australia is simply where the journal lives and where it was born.