From Ancient Greek ζητητικός (zētētikós, “inquisitive, keen”), from ζητέω (zētéō, “I seek”).
Seeking; proceeding by inquiry.
We enjoy many pieces that don’t quite fit the vision of Spark or Ember. We used to let the authors and poets know “we loved this but it doesn’t quite fit,” but eventually we came to the conclusion that it would be better to provide a venue for them—not a dumping ground for writing that wasn’t good enough for Spark, but rather a showcase for work that we like and want to see in print.
Many markets are so focused on finding daring new forms and unusual voices that they deliberately eschew storytelling, which leads to venues aimed more at writers than at the average reader. We want this to be a space where readers can find unique writing that they can connect to, that will make them say, “This was quite unusual, but I loved it.”
We understand that many readers will be skeptical of what we have to share, but we hope that you will join us in seeking out fresh ideas in storytelling.
To that end, we present Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry.