In 2012 we started a non-profit business called 418 Publishing, Inc. that was the parent company and publisher of Stone Path Review.
Since that time, we have published five issues of Stone Path Review with countless poems, short stories, photographs, artwork and interviews from over 20 artists. Two of the issues have been printed in limited quantities as we look to diversify. We maintain a website with all of the content plus book reviews, essays about writing, and soon a forum for artists to connect with each other.
We do not charge reading or submission fees, and never will (it’s in our mission and goal to not charge fees of any kind for submissions or book reviews). Our plans are to publish one to two books per year, print 500 copies of Stone Path Review that can be purchased, and offer very limited and focused merchandise that is artistic related (who does not drink coffee or tea or use pens/pencils?).
As a non-profit, we have never taken a donation, and as such, it does not make sense any longer to be a non-profit status. We have always self-funded the operations of the websites, marketing, domain names, printing costs, equipment, etc., and have no intentions of changing that. So, it made sense to create a new company that will be the publisher of Stone Path Review, books, and another journal to be named later. Additionally, we will offer services for manuscript editing, and development and designing of websites for other artists.
The new business is named Enso Press, LLC and the website will be at www.ensopress.com.
The definition of Enso is:
a Japanese word meaning “circle” and a concept strongly associated with Zen. Ensō is one of the most common subjects of Japanese calligraphy even though it is a symbol and not a character. It symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe, and the void; it can also symbolize the Japanese aesthetic itself. As an “expression of the moment” it is often considered a form of minimalist expressionist art.
As such, we have a created a new logo for the business and will be unveiling a new logo for Stone Path Review that blends the insight of Ensō with paths of stone. We feel the concept and ideas behind Ensō, being the “universe” and connecting with all artists is critical in our culture and is the next step in our mission and goal. It feels right, and makes sense.
Also, we are always accepting and reading submissions. Please visit our website or send an email to submit your work for consideration.