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“Pin you hair and put on the reddest lipstick and a little dress that makes you feel old-timey; extra-girly, like something blooming. Lean against the doorframe drinking ice clinky frontier whiskey in the yellow bug-light glow. Listen to the frogs and crickets out back, steam-pulsing like a machine. Let your welcome home lips stain the glass of his hot mouth. ”—_”Is That Rain” by Leesa Cross-Smith. Spartan Lit, Spring 2013.
Tumblr I need your help!
I am an intern at a small creative nonfiction literary magazine, and we are currently working on growing our readership. There are many things you can do to help with this:
1) sign up for our newsletter and get a free copy of our premier issue.
2) Subscribe for the Magazine (digital, or print)
3) Submit your owns stories without shame.
4) Let us know if you know anyone willing to help out a little more. Maybe your uncle runs a blog, or your sister works at a newspaper.
and last but not least
5) Spread the word! Tell your friends, and your enemies, and your parents, and your grandparents, and your siblings, and strangers on the street! Tell everyone!
Thank you so much. Every little bit counts!
Don’t forget to keep writing, and don’t forget to be awesome!
if you are a tumblr writer and you have written at least 5 poems/prose pieces that you are confident in, and you have not submitted to Episodic literary magazine,
reevaluate your internet presence.
The Big Announcement!
Sorry for being so cheesy about this, but I’m really, really excited to introduce this idea to you guys, so I’m being unnecessarily theatrical. This is my next big project that is going to span the next few years of my life and hopefully yours as well! Alright, I’ve beaten around the bush long enough.
My dear friend Chris (thehombre) and I decided yesterday, after hours upon hours of brainstorming, to publish our own literary magazine called Postmodern Prophecies. We are incredibly serious about this. Our plan is to release monthly issues online through a mailing list, with an end of the year print edition bringing together the cream of the literary crop.
My experience on tumblr has been magical, and has taught me a lot about taking matters into my own hands when it comes to writing and publishing my own work (First editions of A Dream a Day are being ordered soon, by the way!). Chris and I want this lit mag to celebrate the writing communities we can find on places like tumblr, but most of all, celebrate the stories of DIY writers who need their voice to be heard.
Best of all, this literary magazine is going to be completely free to subscribe to AND enter submissions to! We’re not in this for profit, but rather celebrating unheard literary voices and giving them a chance at greater exposure, because we believe too many amazing talents are passed by these days.
Some exciting features to look forward to in Postmodern Prophecies are:
-Monthly contests for prose and poetry writers, with (possible) monetary prizes!
-General submissions for prose, poetry, and creative non-fiction, to get crucial exposure and feedback for your personal writing.
-Writer’s workshops where editors and guest writers will provide high quality articles on the craft of writing.
-Spotlight interviews with a new writer every month to give writers a chance to explain themselves and their work.
-FREE ad space for ANY writers looking to promote their personal DIY/independent endeavors. If you are interested in getting a full page ad for your project, the Postmodern team will help design a captivating ad with your ideas (for a minimal fee) to really sell your idea to our readers.
I know it’s a lot to take in right now, and this certainly isn’t all the information I could throw at you, but for now I just have to ask you guys to like the facebook page and follow the brand new tumblr page (postmodernprophecies.tumblr.com) if you’re interested, but most of all, to get the word out. We want this magazine to offer quality writing from quality writers from the very first issue, so the more you share this with the tumblr community, the better our chances get of fulfilling this dream and making the literary world a little bit brighter.
Thank you again and again.
-John Chrostek (adreamaday.tumblr.com)
NOISEMAKER MAGAZINE IS SEEKING SUBMISSIONS
HELLO EVERYONE I’m editor-in-chief of a new online literary / pop culture magazine called NOISEMaker. We are seeking submissions for our first issue set to come out in December. The theme is “noise.” Take it as you will, interpret it how you want to, we’re not trying to put limitations on this. We’ll take anything from photosets, artwork, poetry, short stories, pop culture related goodies, opinion, political pieces, videos of you singing or dancing, reviews and anything else as long as it somehow related to the theme. Be creative, fearless and crank up the noise. Pass this on to your creative friends, reblog it, and submit your own pieces! Email submissions to email@example.com & the deadline is November 20th, 2012. Get started making that noise!
visit us at https://www.facebook.com/noisemakermag as our live site isn’t up and running yet
Attention all creative people
So I recently started this lit magazine that’s online and I’m looking for submissions for the 2nd issue! If you have any interest in the theme, please share your writing! I cannot offer compensation. Only love and maybe a bottle of wine if you’re close to the Boston area.
Here is the link:
Also, if you have friends who may be interested, reblog this if you can ;).
Details for submission are at the site but if you have any questions message me!
Literary Magazine?: An Open Letter
To All Creative Persons It May Concern:
Hello! In 2008, when John and Hank first entered my life in Brotherhood 2.0, seventeen-year-old me could all but fathom the implications of Nerdfighteria for my entire life up to this point. As I finished high school and transitioned into college, I was elated to find admirable minds who similarly embraced “the Art of being a Nerd.” Nerdfighteria and its veritable sister-movement, Wizard Rock, led me to some of the most important friendships and inspirations of my life.
For many moons, I have visited an idea that possibly others have had, but which (to my knowledge) has never been quite realized in the Nerdfighter community, though similar projects have sporadically arisen over the years. In short, I think this community, our community, could do with a literary magazine.
Perhaps it is different for everyone, but to me, the identity of the Nerdfighter has consistently seemed like a force to draw people upward, bring them together, and help them grow, which would also comprise the essence of this proposed publication. Another invaluable benefit of such an endeavor would be the indelible exposure of obscure writers, artists, and editors––drawing us upward and helping us grow.
Having been previously involved in campus media and self-publishing, I am largely aware of what this type of project would entail, but for a community which so prevailingly encompasses digital media, I think new solutions to distribution will be not only pioneering but necessary. I have begun looking into potential methods of printing, though I do see great promise in PDFs.
A literary magazine has many creative and editorial needs. Therefore, if you are reading this open letter, I ask you to please get in touch. We’ll need all the talent we can get, whether you are a novelist, poet, short story writer, memoirist, essayist, critic, serial writer, painter, sculptor, cartoonist, photographer, graphic designer, editor, or lion-tamer. Well, in truth, not so much on the lion-taming. I’m against that.
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear what anyone and everyone has to say on this topic, because I have secretly believed for many moons that this project could be important and wonderful.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Yours most respectfully in awesome,
The Abecedary Project is a go
My new pet publication, The Abecedary Project, is looking for submissions for the inaugural issue. TAP will be a print journal with a limited run per issue, as I’ll be doing the binding by hand, and each one will have a different set of submission guidelines, design, and overall feel.
The Abecedary Project hopes to resurrect old and rare words as prompts for each issue and since this first issue is all about new beginnings, the prompt is Incunabula. Definition:
1. The earliest stages or first development in anything.
2. Books produced in the infancy of the art of printing; specifically before 1500.
3. The breeding-places of small birds.
What we want to see in submissions is some sort of response to this word or it’s various definitions. Take “response” to mean as literal or as vague as you want— the writing can follow a strict definition or can be based on how the word sounds— whatever gets your creative juices flowing.
We’re accepting all genres and forms of writing for this issue (as well as visual art), but the word count cannot exceed more than 750 words. Please and thank you.
Send work to: TheAbecedaryProject@gmail.com. Payment is one issue. The Abecedary Project does not retain first publication rights. Deadline is March 31st.
Please submit you guys! I want to see how incunabula inspires you.
“She changed the locks and got summer-beer kisses from gentle men in soft short-sleeved plaid Carhartt shirts. Delightfully less-gentle men named after cities. Dallas. Jackson. Austin. Cody. Logan. Tall, brown-boot-wearing men who didn't shave. Skinny-hipped men with jingly keys on Jolly Rancher-colored carabiners clipped to their belt loops. Soldiers on leave, camouflage-wearing country boys, fishermen with strong, dirty hands. Hunters who carried knives and operated heavy machinery and liked their steaks cool and bloody on the inside. She collected them like dented bottle caps, flicked them from her thumb when she was finished. ”—_”Put Your Wild Heart Between Her Teeth” by Leesa Cross-Smith. Linden Avenue Lit, June 2013.
This shouldn't be that big of a deal for me.
I was assigned the task of choosing the font for this year’s lit mag since we are using a different publishing company and they don’t have the same fonts. So, I flipped though the hundreds of fonts and emailed my adviser my choices.
Every year previously, we’ve gotten away with using sans serif type for the body copy, (even though you’re supposed to use serif because the serifs make it easier to read small font) so this year I was determined to switch to serif. Serif just look nicer to me, I don’t know.
My adviser is someone who might be considered bipolar, and I haven’t been on the best of terms with her lately (something to do with my lack of initiative and public-speaking skills, maybe) so I was bracing myself for a barrage of scolding and correction. It didn’t help that when she replied to my email by asking if the font I chose was serif. I said yes and told her my reasons. Being a very negative person, I figured she’d get mad or something, but she just said:
[and if chicago is your home welcome back]
winter—low light—possible candles—midwest bar—the holiday—garland over
bottles—heater smell—blue and yellow—they were trying harder to make the
relationship work—to save things she suggested—buying a dog—a trip lon-
ger than four days—maybe two weeks—or something erotic—a profile—then
stare into the camera—the other profile—the shy one—now passing by east coast
windows—the christmas decorations in that bar tells her—I’ve been at this
too long—she said—I use to be on time—until I moved east—my mother is
never on time—so either I’m growing into this city—or my mother—driving
in the midwest—years earlier—dirty snow—garland again—old movie theater-
-glitter on gray—back sit—train car graffiti—boarded windows—gravel—like
east chicago—a car ride to a holiday—snow in traffic pushed to—the color of
a steel mill town—christmas decorations at intersections—thirty minutes
—Stefania Irene Marthakis (Lungfull! Magazine, Issue 18)