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Published June 09, 2008
It seems a bit odd, but shortly after posting an "Original Editor's Farewell" on the site, which spoke of the new blood taking over teh publicaiton, this was posted on the Backwards City Review Blog, Thursday, March 20, 2008:

"And With That...
And with that, I have some sad news. Backwards City Review is suspending operation as of its 7th issue, which is now back from the printer and being mailed out shortly. There'll be more details forthcoming, but for now let me say, on behalf of all the editors, past, past, and future, it's been a lot of fun, and thanks."

I dropped BCR an e-mail to ask if this was permanent or not, as so often there is "hiatus" status while publications re-organize themselves, but I have not heard back from them. Sadly, in that founding editor's farewell was the following comment:

"Yes, the founders of the BCR are stepping down. Our city is ripe for regime change. Citizens with pitchforks. Rhythmic chants. But we have not thrown the baby out with the bathwater. This little toddler will continue, there’s a new mayor in town, and remember, it takes a village. Another squad of hungry editors, right at this very moment, is waiting to get their hands on the next batch of oddities that you so crave. The magazine is in excellent hands. Our neighborhood, our city, our backwards nation is strong. It will prosper, thrive, probably get better, as hard as that is to imagine. And if it doesn’t, we’ll bash the kneecaps of each of those youngbloods."

I don't think I want to know if any knees were bashed, but I would hope there is some truth to the strength that can prosper and thrive, and that we might not yet have seen the last of BCR. If not, then perhaps the message is one much more prophetically overarching - as one lit mag fades away, I sit here with three inaugural issues of the new lit mag ventures, the next generation of hope and high energy. It is the way of our world.
Published June 04, 2008
"First City Review is a quarterly journal of pop culture, fiction, essay, poetry, travel, and review that covers the contemporary and idiosyncratic experience of life in Philadelphia and the world beyond. We accept submissions year-round in fiction, essay, poetry, criticism, review and travel. All work must be accompanied by an SASE and cover letters are encouraged."

Issue 1 features new fiction from Thaddeus Rutkowski, Paula Bomer, Johannah Rodgers, Brooke Comer, Leslie Bienen, Alexa Beattie and Chad Willenborg. Poetry from John Grey, Bryon D. Howell, Youssef Rakha and James R. Whitley. Essay by James Wagner. And featuring new photography work from Heather Weston, found photos, and sketches and pencil drawings from some of our friends.
Published June 03, 2008
"The Farallon Review is a new literary review featuring contemporary, engaging, and literary prose fiction with a modern view, a classic sensibility, and a west-coast flavor. The Premier Issue contains stories by Jamey Genna, Abeer Hoque, Ken Rodgers, Lynka Adams, and S.J. Sasken.Read about river rafting in the Rocky Mountains, weddings in India, soldiers seeking comfort, families struggling with their past, pigeons mirroring the emotional wasteland around them. We are currently reviewing submissions for our second issue."
Published May 30, 2008
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Superstition Review
Created through an imaginative collaboration between faculty and students in the Writing, Literature and Film program at ASU Polytechnic, the magazine is student edited, student written, and student maintained. Superstition Review is published twice yearly in May and December. Submissions (art, poetry, fiction, nonfiction) read fall (September and October) and spring (February and March).

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Published May 29, 2008
Brenda Miller, Editor of Bellingham Review, writes in issue 60 of recent changes at BR, brought on by a number of factors, not the least of which include the increased costs of both printing and mailing two issues a year. In response to this, BR shows an adaptive turn:

"So, beginning in 2008, the Bellingham Review will experiment with publishing and mailing only one print edition a year (a hefty edition, with same high production values you’ve come to expect), and we will finally overcome our technology phobias and work on making the Bellingham Review website a much more impressive and interactive venue for our readers. We plan to post more of our content online, with special features—such as current book reviews and author interviews—available only in this format..." [read the full letter here]

BR isn't the first to make this response in the face of hard economic times (or should I say "harder" since the MO of small press endeavors is always hard). As much as we did, will continue, and have every right to grumble and complain about the plight of "small publications," and fight against rising costs, for those who can respond as BR has, the change can create new avenues. Better? Time will tell, but for now: "You think I'd crumble, you think I'd lay down and die? Oh no, not I. I will survive..."
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."

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