Gunzo (magazine)

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Gunzo
Gunzo first issue.jpg
The cover of the first issue of Gunzo in October, 1946.
Categories junbungaku
Frequency monthly
First issue October 1946 (1946-10)
Company Kodansha
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Website gunzo.kodansha.co.jp

Gunzo (群像?) is a Japanese monthly literary magazine published by Kodansha. It was launched in October 1946[1] as junbungaku (純文学?, lit. "pure literature") oriented publication. The past contributors for the magazine include: Kenzaburō Ōe, Haruki Murakami and Yoriko Shono. Along with Shinchō, Bungakukai, Subaru and Bungei magazines, Gunzo is among the leading thick literary magazines in Japan.

Gunzo is also aimed at discovering new talent, both among writers and critics. It runs a contest for new writers[2] and provides informational support for the Noma Prize. It had a policy of running stories anonymously to encourage people not to read stories for the name of the author.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia 1. Kodansha / MacMillan Reference Books. 1993. p. 481. ISBN 0-02-897203-1. 
  2. ^ Mizuta Lippit, Noriko; Kyoko Iriye Selden (1983). Stories by Contemporary Japanese Women Writers. M.E. Sharpe. p. 220. ISBN 0-87332-223-1. 
  3. ^ Gluck, Jay (1993). Ukiyo: Stories of the "Floating World" of Postwar Japan. Personally Oriented. p. 263. ISBN 4-89360-037-0.