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Published August 24, 2008
The most recent issue of Spoon River Poetry Review includes an interesting commentary from Editor Bruce Guernsey on the inclusion or not of contributors notes in a literary publication. (And is it contributors / contributor's / contributors' - I've seen all of these!)

Bruce Guernsey addresses SRPR's choice to omit these notes - I would recommend your picking up the most recent issue to read his comments in full. In less than two pages, he succinctly and thoroughly discusses the practical issue of space in a print publication as well as the "symbolic" issue of wanting readers to focus on the poem rather than "the celebrity mentality that infects the current poetry scene." Though Guernsey admits he is just as guilty of going to contributors notes "in this all-too-competitive market world" to see "where so-and-so has recently published."

Interestingly enough, a SRPR reader sent in an e-mail saying contributors notes help know where else to find an author's work. And my response to this was the same as Guernsey's: "Look on the Internet." It does seem to be the knee-jerk response to any question we have these days, and it's Guernsey's comment on this that I found most poignant: "...given the sources we now have on the Internet, that information can almost always be easily found online. Speed and information go well together. It's poetry, that primitive technology, which is slow going and belongs in journals and books - when we can't be there to hear it, anyway."
Published August 19, 2008
"The Normal School is a bi-annual journal featuring nonfiction, fiction, poetry, criticism and culinary adventure journalism. We are nestled happily into the California State University at Fresno like a comfy spore in a benign and mighty lung. We dig quirky, boundary-challenging, energetic prose and poetry with innovations in content, form, and focus, which isn’t actually as high-falutin’ as it sounds. We’re just sort of the lit mag equivalent of the kid who always has bottle caps, cat’s eye marbles, dead animal skulls, little blue men and other treasures in his pockets."

The Normal School accepts submissions of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, criticism, culinary adventure journalism, and video and audio essays. No previously published works, sim/subs okay.

Subscriptions are $20 for for two years (4 issues) and can be ordered online using PayPal. Single issues are $7 each.
Published August 18, 2008
Hawk & Handsaw
The Journal of Creative Sustainability
Unity College, Maine

"Like Shakespeare's Hamlet, the contributors to Hawk & Handsaw know which way the wind blows. They know that a sustainable lifestyle can be messy and meaningful that it requires reflection, deep philosophical commitment and, more often than not, a good sense of humor. To this end, Hawk & Handsaw celebrates the thinking and reflection that ground sustainable practices and practitioners.

Hawk & Handsaw is published annually and accepts poetry, nonfiction, stories, and visual art from Aug 15 - Nov 15.

Contributors to the first issue include written works by James Engelhardt, Jennifer A. Barton, John Lane, Luisa A. Igloria, Bibi Wein, Andrew Tertes, Bruce Pratt, Michael Bennett, Mimi White, Christie Stark,, Paul Sergi, David Trame, Holli Cederholm, Tyler Flynn Dorholt, Michael P. Branch; and visual works by: Suzanne Caporael, Christopher Becker, Karen Gelardi, Lisa B. Martin, Emily Brown, Mark Newport, Emily Brown, Christopher Becker, Emily Brown, Karen Gelardi, Emily Brown, Suzanne Caporael
Published August 14, 2008
Jeanne Lieby has been sighted in her new post as editor of The Southern Review: "The summer 2008 issue of The Southern Review is editor Jeanne Leiby’s first issue. She comes to Louisiana State University and the Baton Rouge community from Orlando, Florida, where she was previously the editor of The Florida Review." Jeanne is also author of Downriver, a collection of short stories, some previously published in Fiction, New Orleans Review, The Greensboro Review, and Indiana Review, among others. The title comes from Jeanne's having grown up "downriver" Detroit. She graduated from the University of Michigan, earned her MA from the Bread Loaf School of English/Middlebury College, and her MFA from the University of Alabama. She has always been a great supporter of and steadfast advisor to our work here at NewPages, and we're pleased as punch to see her happy in her new role.
Published August 07, 2008
What's the issue with CUTTHROAT's online only issue? I posed a few questions to Pamela Uschuk, editor-in-chief, about why, the decision-making behind this, and what it might indicate for the future of CUTTHROAT (does going online mean no more print?). Her resonse gives some great insight into how a magazine is run and all the behind-the-scenes people and work required to maintain a quality publication. Here's her response:

"I can tell you why we made the decision to publish one online edition and one print edition per year. The reason is mainly monetary, but there are side issues worth discussing.

CUTTHROAT is largely unfunded, so Bill Root and I pay to publish this magazine. We receive so many worthy submissions in poetry and short fiction, we felt that printing one issue a year didn't allow us to publish enough of these wonderful submissions.

CUTTHROAT is truly a labor of love.

None of our editors/staff is paid - except for the judges we hire to judge our national literary prizes. All work is volunteer, and our editors work hard, reading through a mountain of material for each issue.

For the present, we decided that the best option for us is to publish one print edition (this past year's issue ran to 180 pages!), and to publish one online edition per year. Because we don't have to pay for reproduction of art work inside the magazine, this online edition allows us to feature visual artists as well as writers.

We choose one guest fiction editor each year to edit the online fiction submissions. This year's guest editor was William Luvaas. Our poetry editor, William Pitt Root, edits for both online and print editions each year.

The future of CUTTHROAT is bright. We are all committed to publishing this magazine for the long term. We are old-fashioned and love the feel of the print edition in our hands, so we have no plans to to to an entirely online format. We are lucky, each year, to have interns to help us out with logging in submissions, creating data bases, mailings, etc. We also have two terrific web designers, Laura Prendergast and Kevin Watson, who help me maintain our website and set up the magazines."

Volumes 3 and 5 of CUTTHROAT are available online in PDF format.
Published July 29, 2008
From Editor Andrei Guruianu: "The Broome Review is a new national literary magazine that seeks to bring further local and national exposure to the Broome County, NY arts community by attracting writers and artists of many genres from across the country and across the world. The journal promotes cultural development in and outside the immediate area through the creation of a wider audience for the works of established and emerging artists."

The annual publication accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and art July-November of each year and currently is accepting works through November for the Stephen Dunn Prize in Poetry.

Authors included in Issue Number 1 whose works can also be found on The Broome Review website include Stephen Dunn, Timothy Liu, Katharyn Howd Machan, Carmen Firan, and Katherine Lien Chariott. Also available on the website is an artist gallery of works not found in the publication.

The Broome Review is also active in their community, in cooperation with The Center for Gender, Art & Culture, sponsoring several series of free creative writing workshops through the end of 2008. The workshops are led by magazine editors, and participants' works will be considered for possible inclusion in a perfect-bound collection, titled Our Voices, to be published December 2008.

The Broome Review has really hit the ground running - c'mon everyone, catch up!
Published July 25, 2008
Martone Fan Alert, from the upstreet blog: "upstreet number four, which is now on sale, features a 24-page interview with Michael Martone, the Indiana-born author of Michael Martone, Racing in Place, and many other works of experimental fiction and nonfiction."

Read more about upstreet here.
Published July 23, 2008
EBay, Half.com - but never have I known anyone to offer a virtual Yard Sale - now, that's creative!

Creative Nonfiction
First-Ever Yard Sale
July 21 - 28
Save up to 80% on back issues, books, merchandise, subscriptions, and more!
Published July 21, 2008
From Kenyon Review Editor David Lynn:

Kenyon Review Online will be a lively and innovative bridge between the world of the very best print literature and the emerging potential of the electronic universe. We’ll be offering innovative and delightful stories, poems, essays, memoirs, and reviews online. They will be renewed and refreshed regularly and then collected into electronic “issues” over time.

By and large, pieces appearing electronically will be distinct from work in the printed version of The Kenyon Review. I like to think of those pages as timeless. After all, readers turn to them for pleasure and enlightenment years and even decades after they first appear.

KR Online, however, will definitely be more timely, published more quickly than we’re able to do with print. And the pieces here will also be a little more experimental, a little more “out there.” Who knows?—maybe a little sassier too.

Of course, despite a new flavor, all the great writing on KRO will be held to the same high standards and expectations as The Kenyon Review. They’ll be considered as carefully, copyedited to our exacting standards. This will truly be the best writing from around the world, brought to you in this exciting new medium. After all, it’s our name, our tradition, our reputation on the line as well.

Online now: Read Bonnie Jo Campbell's "Boar Taint" and Kevin Young's "I Shall be Released" from the Summer 2008 issue of KR. Read new poetry from Christian Ward, an essay on poet Thom Gunn by Alfred Corn, a review of Daniel Hall's Under Sleep by Janet Chalmers, and a review of Sarah Manguso's The Two Kinds of Decay: A Memoir by Daniel Torday.
Published July 20, 2008
Susan of Rock and Sling recently wrote to inform me that they will be suspending publication of the magazine due to funding issues. As an independent non-profit, Rock and Sling is not alone in this struggle.

Susan writes: "Over the last few months we have been trying not to make the hard decision to suspend publication of Rock & Sling — pending procurement of long-term sustainable funding (tell me there is such a thing!). The problem of finances for independent presses runs deep. Without university backing to absorb some of the costs, the independent press must put an inordinate amount of time and energy into finding funding. We have found ourselves without sufficient partners and subscriptions alone haven't proved to be enough. Suspending publication will allow our (all volunteer) staff to spend their time in the donations, grants, and endowments world more effectively.

"It seems a shame to have gotten this far and feel like we have established a niche for ourselves, only to have to stop production and turn all attention to finding support. I suppose any business major would have seen it coming from the get-go. Perhaps on your blog you can throw out the question of how independent presses can maintain financial stability. Where they can find funding—is govt. funding the answer? How does a journal like Rock & Sling (with a Christian bent to its content) get past the hyper vigilance of separation of church and state? Clearly we don’t want to be under any denomination—so church monies are not to be had."

Susan also humorously added that it should be the law that writers who submit to lit mags should have to subscribe to at least one (another ongoing issue...). But, are subscriptions even enough in this day of increased postal rates and overall higher costs?

Any comments/advice? I'm sure this is an issue of concern for many. And, I already know what some will say - that even publications with university affiliation are not guarnteed funding. So, where does the money come from?
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