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Published May 06, 2008

Southern California Review, formerly known as the Southern California Anthology, is the literary journal of the Master of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California. It has been publishing fiction and poetry since 1982 and now also accepts submissions of creative nonfiction, plays, and screenplays. Printed every October and April with original cover artwork, every issue contains new, emerging, and established authors.

Unsolicited manuscripts are read year-round; response time for submissions is three to six months. Sim/subs accepted. No queries required.

The inagural issue - Volume 1 Number 1, Spring 2008 - was released late April under Editor-in-Chief Annlee Ellingson, and features:

Cover art by Amber Arseneau
Fiction by Gary Fincke, Judith Freeman, and Michael Buckley
Poetry by Richard Foerster, Bonnie Louise Barrett, Susanna Rich, Jennifer Jean, Daniel Polikoff, Moira Mageson, and Paul Brancato
Nonfiction by Christopher Buckley
Stageplay by Lee Wochner
An Interview with Nathan Englander
And prize-winners in One-Act Play - Kristna Sisco Romero, and Poetry - Elisabeth Murawski, CB Follett, Leonard Kress.

SCR is also holding a fiction contest, deadline August 31, 2008, and a poetry contest, deadline December 31, 2008.
Published May 02, 2008
Alice Waugh, Commissioning Editor of The Drawbridge, London, wrote recently to give us the heads up that their publication will be jumping the pond to make its way to the U.S. later this year. She writes:

"The Drawbridge is an independent quarterly magazine, established in 2006 with the aim of delivering wit, thought and reflection. It takes the form of a full-colour broadsheet newspaper. It has attracted written contributions from Isabel Allende, J.G. Ballard, John Berger, Hugo Chavez, Tishani Doshi, Terry Eagleton, Eric Hobsbawm, Christopher Ondaatje, DBC Pierre, David Rieff, Slavoj Zizek and many others, including a number of emerging writers, along with a wide array of top photography and drawing from renowned image-makers including Edward Burtynsky, Paul Fryer, Robert Polidori, David Shrigley and Joel Sternfeld. Each issue has a theme. Earlier topics include Failure, Freedom, Risk, and Memory. Our next issue, on Rage is published in May."

We'll look forward to seeing this one hit the stands!
Published May 01, 2008
Posted on Crossing the Border: Joyce Carol Oates News and Opinion
March 14, 2008 by Randy Souther

"With the passing of its editor, Raymond J. Smith, Ontario Review itself will cease publication with the forthcoming Spring 2008 issue. Smith began Ontario Review in 1974 in Windsor, Ontario, with his wife Joyce Carol Oates as associate editor; the Review later moved with its editors to Princeton, NJ..." Read the rest here.
Published April 25, 2008
From Laura van den Berg, Editor, Redivider

"For any Robert Olen Butler fans out there, Redivider just posted a web exclusive of the title story from Butler's forthcoming collection, Intercourse, which is scheduled to be published by Chronicle Books in late May. You can check out the story at and, if you enjoy, of course please feel free to share."
Published April 17, 2008
Alimentum Journal, the only literary review all about food, invites you to share your food writings: "We'd love for you to post short pieces of your food thoughts on our new website Bulletin Board. We're looking for menupoems and secret food confessions. 250 words tops. Post for the world to read (and possibly comment upon) and and for Alimentum Editors to peruse."
Published April 17, 2008
Conclave is an annual print journal that focuses on character-driven writing in short stories, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and prose poems; also black and white photographs, and excerpts from plays: monologues, scenes, single acts, or one-act plays. Conclave seeks writing that centers around well-crafted characters—complex and authentic: like Leopold Bloom, Huckleberry Finn, Anna Karenina, Hamlet, Miss Havisham, Hannibal Lecter, Hester Prynne, and others.
Published April 15, 2008

The Hunger Mountain Third Annual Fundraising Auction will begin on May 1, 2008 (noon EST) at Between May 1-8, 2008, you can bid on manuscript critiques with notable authors, custom signed new books, and limited edition letterpress broadsides.

Published April 01, 2008
"Issuu is the place for online publications: Magazines, catalogs, documents, and stuff you'd normally find on print. It's the place where YOU become the publisher: Upload a document, it's fast, easy, and totally FREE. Find and comment on thousands of great publications. Join a living library, where anyone finds publications about anything and share them with friends."

I was introduced to this site thanks to Keyhole, who has put their first two issues on the site. It looks just like the magazine, and as you view it, you can see the pages visibly turning. You can also "rate" publications and leave feedback, among other networking features.

It's fun, easy to upload and use (except search categories are a bit limited right now - a lot getting glommed into a few categories). Good for mags to keep the print "look and feel" - even online. Also good for mags that run out of issues before the next one is out.

Downside? Searchability of content using tools like Google. Might be able to find the publication itself, but not content - ? It would be a good duplicate resource for readers, but probably best to keep key searchables (like author names) on individual sites.
Published March 28, 2008
An intriguing marketing move from Fence Magazine, good until April 30, 2008:

"We at Fence love Radiohead, and so jumped at the chance to buy their newest album (I'm so old I call it an "album") at the price of our choosing. One of us paid $1 for it; another of us paid $17 for it; these seemed like fair prices. We have heard some paid two months' salary.

"And now we're offering a similar opportunity for you to choose your own price for subscribing to Fence (or re-upping your current subscription). It's very important to us that Fence have readers--that the work inside Fence have readers, really--and so we want you to pay us whatever you want for your year's subscription."

The page is their standard donation page with a PayPal link: here. It will be interesting to see how this works out for Fence.
Published March 17, 2008
Moments and Memories
by Dr. David Rabeeya
Featured on Poetica Magazine, February 2008

I. In Iraq

My placenta has tasted the aroma of my mother's Mesopotamian cardamon
Its aroma has been planted in me in the Baghdadi Bedouim market
My nostrils still breathe its mist in my everyday coffee and tea
When she separated its shells from its grains
I have witnessed the splitting of my world

II. In Israel
The seeds have traveled in my pockets to the Promised Land
It has dried and withered in the sun
No more rivers to quench
My appetite for the yellow cardamon
Its black seed has turned brown and pale

III. In America
I saw it in a book of Iraqi recipes
Shinning in nearby supermarkets in glossy jars
It was idle, almost quiet to its grain

IV. Now
Only leaves of cardamon are lying now on my suburban shelf
And I can easily read traces of my records in my empty coffee

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