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Published December 08, 2011
Staffed by Managing Editor Andrew Keating, Poetry Editor Jill Williams, Fiction Editor Rafe Posey, Non-Fiction Editor Samantha Stanco, Art Director Danielle Peterson, Social Media Manager Michelle Junot, Blog Contributors Gillian Ramos and Kate Stone, Cobalt is an online quarterly of fiction, non-fiction and poetry "of the highest caliber," as well as interviews "with some of the most influential writers in the literary community." Cobalt's mission is "to publish quality creative work and promote the literary arts, as well as those who celebrate them."

The first issue features Poetry by Brian Russell, Georgia Kreiger, John Abbott, Steven Leyva, Andrea Dickens; Fiction by Jen Michalski, Mandy Taggart, Emily Kiernan; Nonfiction by James Claffey, John FitzGerald; and Interviews with Nicola Griffith (author of The Blue Place) and Jessica Anya Blau (author of Drinking Closer to Home).

Issue two will be available December 10. Submissions are open and accepted through Submishmash.

[Cover image "Metro" by Sophie Johnson (Oil on Canvas).]
Published December 07, 2011
Editor Kyle Schruder writes: "Lost in Thought came from a simple idea: I like magazines, why not make one of my own?" Always easier said than done, yet Lost in Thought introduces itself as a beautifully designed publication that looks more like something Shruder's been doing for decades.

"For this premiere issue," Schruder says, "I decided to combine short stories and artwork. I approached writers, photographers and illustrators with this simple premise: you can write something new, or you can submit something already finished. I paired the people who wanted to make something new with the people who gave me finished works. Some writers wrote entirely new stories based on illustrations that the artist had submitted. Other photographers arranged photo shoots based on stories I received."

The premier issue, available via MagCloud in print and digital formats features Writers Jules Archer, Kim Bannerman, Katrina Gray, Graeme Lottering, Sem Megson, Kari Nguyen, Sara Patterson, Katerina Prudchenko, Gareth Spark, and Chris Tarry; Photographers James Azzopardi, Julien Hayard, Karrah Kobus, Lindsey Kowalski, Aleksandra Skiljevic, Synchrodogs (Tania Shcheglova and Roman Noven); and Illustrators Yeremeeva Katya, Jennifer Maidment, mathiole, Jared Meuser, Estelle Morris, and Rose Wong.

Submissions are open for issue two, which Schruder says will "more free-flowing, more experimental, and hopefully even more interesting!"
Published December 06, 2011
Newly lauched out of Austin, Texas, Unstuck is an independent print literary annual emphasizing "literary fiction with elements of the fantastic, the futuristic, the surreal, or the strange — a broad category that would include the work of writers as diverse as Borges, Ballard, Calvino, Huxley, Tutuola, Abe and (of course) Vonnegut."

The editors add, "In our pages, you’ll find straight-up science fiction and fantasy; domestic realism with a twist of the magical; and work that experiments with form or blurs the boundaries between poetry and prose. We also publish a small selection of poems and essays."

The first issue features new fiction by Aimee Bender, J. Robert Lennon, Amelia Gray, Joe Meno, Marisa Matarazzo, Arthur Bradford, Helen Phillips, Matthew Derby, Rachel Swirsky, Matthew Vollmer, Lindsay Hunter, John Maradik & Rachel B. Glaser, Leslie What, Charles Antin, Meghan McCarron, Sharona Muir, Andrew Friedman, Julia Whicker, Judson Merrill, Karin Tidbeck, and Randy Schaub; new poetry by Kiki Petrosino, Zach Savich, Dan Rosenberg, Kaethe Schwehn, and Patrick Haas; and new non-fiction by Rennie Sparks.

Unstuck will be available in Kindle format for e-readers, and a portion of each print run of Unstuck is donated to schools, libraries, and literacy programs. If you’re a librarian, teacher, tutor, or administrator, and think your students or clients would enjoy Unstuck, visit the Libraries and Schools link on their website.

Unstuck accepts online submissions via Submishmash.

[Cover photography "Highland Reservoir II" by Timothy J. Fuss.]
Published December 05, 2011
Botticelli Magazine is an online literary and art journal produced and edited by students at Columbus College of Art and Design. Already in its third issue, Botticelli is planning a lot of expansion, inclusive of literary and logo contests.

Contributors to the first issues include Austin Charles Barrow, Chelsea Besse, Ross Caliendo, Austin Charles, Silver Corbin, Danielle Doughty, Brittany Leigh Ference, Chester Fillmore, Daniel Foley, Amy Gallagher Gallagher, Emily Gallik, Bina Gupta, Liandra Holmes, Matthew Houston, Kylie King, Amanda Knittle, Brittany Kotur, John Malta, Brian May, Mary S.Nemeth, Dave Nichols, Siddartha Beth Pierce, Todd Pleasants, Hannah Ross, Michelle Ross, Apryl Skies, Scott Stewart, Miles Tsang, and Elizabeth Vest.

Botticelli Magazine accepts only online submissions of fiction, poetry, creative non fiction, reviews, art, photography, as well as flash pieces and links to online work as long as the rights are available to the contributor. Collaborative work is also welcome. The magazine's review process involves an editorial staff of writers and artists.

[Cover art for Issue 3: "French Friends" by Matthew Houston]
Published December 01, 2011
The Safety Pin Review is a new literary magazine featuring fiction of less than 30 words, posted once a week, with a major D.I.Y. twist: in addition to being published online, each story is hand-painted onto a cloth back patch, which is attached (via safety pins) to one of SPR's operatives - "a collective network of punks, thieves and anarchists" — who wear it everywhere they go for a week. The SPR website features the poems as well as pictures of the operative-of-the-week wearing it around.

Featured poets thus far include Barry Basden, J. Bradley, Doug Paul Case, Brian Hurley, Simon Jacobs, David James Keaton, Len Kuntz, Helen Vitoria, and xTx.

Safety Pin Review accepts submissions of unpublished fiction of no more than 30 words - no poetry, and pays $1.00 per acceptance.

[Operative pictured in Times Square, NYC, with "Scope" by Barry Basden.]
Published November 30, 2011
Joining Editors Drew Krewer and Maureen McHugh is Managing Editor Meagan Lehr, Art Editor Andy Campbell and Web Designer Jason Criscio, to bring readers The Destroyer, a bi-annual online publication of text, art, and public opinion. Freely downloadable digital broadsides also available featuring digital art and quotes from texts.

The inaugural issue features Text by Nicole Wilson, Brandon Downing, Natasha Stagg, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Amaranth Borsuk, Chris Hosea, Tony Mancus, Whitney DeVos, Annie Guthrie, and Brian Oliu; Art by Yuko Fukuzumi, Nicholas Hay, Sarah Duncan, and Casey Wilson; Opinion Pieces by Joe Hall, Steven M. Brown, Kim Largey-Soloway, and Lulu Antipyrene; Cheap Papers by Meagan Lehr, Maureen McHugh, and Drew Krewer.

The Destroyer accepts poetry, texts with no determinate genre, video, audio, and new media. Translations welcome as well as art in all media and thoughtful opinion pieces for "the vent." The Destroyer accepts submissions via Submishmash.
Published November 29, 2011
First Inkling is an international student literary magazine, publishing short stories, poetry, graphic fiction, one-act plays, short film (screenplays), novel chapters, and more. Works are accepted from students currently enrolled in accredited colleges or universities at the community college, undergrad, graduate, or post doctorate level, from anywhere in the world. Works in languages other than English will also be considered, as long as it is submitted with an English translation.

The inaugural issue features writing by Lauren Fath, Duncan Lennon, Ryan McLean, Danielle M. Gorden, R. Sam Chaney, Phill Korth, Andrew Watt, Sam Sudar, Sally Wen Mao, Jean Kim, Cody Greene, Urban Eisley, Tait Howard, Daniela Maristany, Ryan Cannon, Minh Phuong Nguyen, Idris Goodwin, Amy Porter, Nicomedes Austin Suárez, N. S. Wiley, and Danielle Jones-Pruett.

All works published in First Inkling will be entered in the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker competition, with $750 cash awards going to the best in: Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, and Poetry.

The issue also includes interviews with Rick Moody, Jim Shepard, John “Jack” Allman, and Brad Gooch.

First Inkling invites student writers to become members to the site and then to post to the publication's blog. Interested students are also invited to become Associate Editors.
Published November 28, 2011
Cuckoo is an online quarterly literary magazine written and edited by writers aged between 11-19. Cuckoo Quarterly aims to "publish the best young writing from all forms and genres and to be accessible and attractive to a wide readership."

The publication is facilitated and administered by New Writing North, a development agency for creative writing and creative reading based in the north east of England.

Submissions for Edition 1 came from attendees of New Writing North’s three fortnightly writers' groups in Newcastle, Hexham and Durham, or from those who participated in New Writing North's Writing Summer Schools.

The issue features poetry, short fiction, 'rants,' reviews, and interviews by Beth Allison, Jacob Armstrong, Anusha Ashok, Laurie Atkinson, Hannah Bash, Shannon Baxter, Adam Bryden, Alice Buckley, Leah Chan, Jessica Graham, Andrew Henley, Scott Houghton, Hannah Morpeth, Daniella Watson, and Jessica Weisser.

Cuckoo Quarterly hopes that future editions will attract submissions from all over the world.

Cuckoo welcomes submissions of original writing by writers under the age of 19. They encourage everything from poetry to prose, short stories to movie reviews, opinion to imagination. It can be work that fits the categories laid out in previous editions or entirely different; don’t feel constrained by form or genre. The deadline for the next issue is December 21.
Published November 23, 2011
Founded by Kelly Forsythe and Kat Sanchez, Phantom Limb is a new online magazine of poetry, "dedicated to publishing good poems."

The inagural issue features poems by Holly Amos, Michael Haight, Jeffrey Allen, Stephen Danos, Kayla Sargeson, y madrone, Jordan Conrad, Dolly Lemke, Late Litterer, Nathan Breitling, Camiele White, Izzy Oneiric, Steve Henry, Jessica Dyer, Chelsea Kurnick, Kristin Ravel, and Sarah Kelley.

Submissions are open until June 1, 2012 for the Fall 2012 issue.

[Phantom Limb image design: Jeffrey Allen]
Published November 22, 2011
Founded and edited by Rebekah Hall and Steve Owen, Mixer Publishing is a new small press that publishes a new online magazine - mixer - every other month (bimonthly), one themed print anthology a year, and 1-2 limited edition novels/novellas a year. mixer is supported by a dedicated group of editors who each specialize in a specific genre.


Owen writes, "mixer is a 'literary genre' magazine that seeks to break the boundaries between genre fiction and literature. Many writers and readers desire something 'in-between' these two limited choices: a mix of entertainment and art. mixer's mission is to appeal to genre fans and literati alike because our goal is to expand the market by appealing to a wider range of tastes and sensibilities than the traditional literary magazine. Our stories and poems either do something fresh or interesting with language, or mix forms in new ways. For example: A realist story that upends the traditional epiphany form. Or a romantic noir written in lyrical prose. Or a horrific black comedy written in a realistic, minimalist style. Or a poem that eschews the pastoral and works against tradition by playing with popular genre or iconoclasm."

As a literary site, mixer does not currently plan on archiving issues by date. Rather, as a genre-based publication, old stories will be "archived" in the order they were published (from new to old) under each genre section (realism, romance, horror, noir, poetry, etc).

A short list the noteworthy online contributors to date include: Brian Evenson, Kate Braverman, Kevin Prufer, Daniel Grandbois, Myfanwy Collins, John Jodzio, and Aaron Burch.

Mixer Publishing's first anthology, of Love & Death: heartburn, headaches, & hangovers, also has additional stories from Kate Braverman and Myfanwy Collins, as well as Kirstin Allio.

mixer accepts submissions via Submishmash.
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