About Strangers and Karma

Strangers & Karma

A Literary Journal

About Strangers & Karma

Writers are welcome to submit what they wish and encourage it to be written from the heart. Once a submission is accepted, an editor within Karma’s circle of professionals will make corrections to grammar and spelling. Additionally, we’ll make recommendations in cohesion, consistency and flow. Once finalized and approved by the artist, the submission is indexed and posted to Karma’s Community Fiction, provided the following metrics are followed:

We truly look forward to working with you. Kindly submit work or any questions through our submit form before or during your submission, and we will respond.

Check out our Contributors

Community Fiction Submissions
Strangers & Karma is looking to build an organic readership while providing an outlet for writers to contribute their own pieces. To remove typical publishing struggles such as queries and following specific topics or genres. This project was created to give reprieve from these painstaking endeavors as well as engage with and promote the literary works of independent writers, poets, illustrators, and photographers.

As a bonus incentive and to get our fledgling publication off the ground, writers are paid per submission. The range is $150 to $300. Payment is entirely dependent upon length, editing needs, and response times.

Self Promotion & Bio
Every writer is encouraged to include a short bio and plug their own work and/or social media handles (@) at the end of the submission, within the same document to ensure that it’s properly applied to the post.

Submissions are published within two weeks of the final, approved piece. Writers must send all approvals via email.

Work Examples
Below are examples/suggestions of work written by a Karma Contributor (Anthony Coleman) to give the writer an idea of creative freedoms, but the submission may be any body of work not exceeding 5K words.



Media & Other Visual Aid
Feel free to include licensed media and / or one’s own artwork within the submission. Karma will assist the writer in sourcing licensed media if such needs are indicated during the submission process.



Kayla Sosa

Kayla Sosa, Editor

Independent Contractor. Remote Worker. BIPOC. LGBTQ+

Kayla is a freelance writer, copywriter, editor, and researcher. She has worked on articles, textbooks, and novels. She has collaborated with New York Times bestselling authors, as well as contributors to The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The London Review of Books, GQ, Vice, and more.

Kayla has decades of experience in academia and writing. She cut her teeth in the world of philosophy as a junior professor while focusing on Classical Philosophy, Ethics, and Existentialism. She is an accredited teacher of English as a foreign language and has traveled the world teaching people of all ages how to effectively communicate in English. This experience ranges from teaching young children the alphabet and how to read, to teaching business English in some of the largest corporations in the world.

If you are creative, exuberant, and willing to form a bond of collaboration, you are Kayla’s next dream client. For inquiries, please email.

Anthony Coleman, Writer

Anthony Coleman is an English language teacher and freelance writer from Liverpool, England. He graduated from Oxford Brookes University and has lived and worked in Kanagawa, Japan and Guadalajara, Mexico. In his spare time, he enjoys playing football, reading novels and visiting cities of cultural interest.


Gruffudd Watts, Writer

Gruffudd Watts is a Welsh writer currently based in Mexico. Introduced to storytelling through the oral culture and history of Welsh language speakers, he developed his passion for writing at a young age. Growing up in Swansea, Wales, the birthplace of Dylan Thomas, he became immersed in the vibrant punk scene of this multicultural port city.

Watts relocated to London, England at the age of 18 where he began to work professionally in the arts. While bouncing between positions in advertising, script editing, and bartending, he began freelance work making music videos and writing shorts. It was during this time that he started to find his voice.

For the last seven years, Watts has traveled extensively. He has spent extended periods of time in Czechia, Kazakhstan, Colombia, and Mexico, where he currently lives. During this period he has been a teacher of English as a foreign language and has continued to edit and write.

With travel and time, Watts has matured as a writer. He has developed a broader worldview and an appreciation for the cultures of the places in which he has lived. He is particularly influenced by the literature of Colombia and Mexico which have had a lasting stylistic effect on his writing. His writing combines surrealism, irony, and mythological tropes. Watts is currently working on a collection of ten science fiction stories.

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Sylvia Van Nooten

Sylvia Van Nooten is an artist and a writer living in western Colorado. She grew up in Berkeley before relocating to Milan, Italy, at the age of thirty. She lived in Italy for ten years. While there, she taught English as a foreign language. She also wrote a novel and numerous short stories. It was there she found her passion for creating visual art. Her more recent work has appeared in The South Florida Poetry Journal, Experiment-O, The Raw Art Review, and Women Asemic Artists


Blaire Grady, Founder

Blaire worked contract for too many years and vowed that when she got into a position to help artists know their worth, she’d do it. The universe has granted her that position and she finds fulfilling its purpose most rewarding. In addition to what she does here, she’s currently working on a literary fiction novel titled “Redfin.”
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