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Published July 12, 2010
The Fine Line is a new online literary magazine edited by two UC Santa Cruz graduates, Cyndi Gacosta and Danna Berger. Using Issuu to present the publication online, The Fine Line publishes poetry, short stories and artwork. The first issue includes works by Jennifer Bierbaum, Leslie Chu, Kris Edward Dahl, Dana Facchine, Regina Green, Victor Gulchenko, Jack Mackenna, Catherine McCabe, Ruben Monakhov, Colin Powell, Boris Uan-Zo-li, E.M. Radulovic. Submissions are currently being accepted for the winter issue; deadline October 1, 2010.
Published July 06, 2010
Chinese Literature Today is a new literary magazine from the World Literature Today organization. Their mission is to provide English-speaking readers with direct access to Chinese culture via high-quality translations of Chinese literature. In addition to literary essays written to be accessible to the general reader, the publication will feature fiction, poetry, and book reviews.

The first issue, due out in July, includes: new work from Bi Feiyu and Bei Dao; Bi Feiyu on memory’s distortion; Mo Yan rewrites the boundaries of world literature; pecial feature on the work of Sinologist David Der-wei Wang; tension between the old and the new in China’s twin cities of literature: Shanghai and Beijing; fresh translations of early modern writers He Qifang and Tang Xuehua; new poetry by Zhai Yongming, Xi Chuan, and Zheng Xiaoqiong; a revealing new interview with Can Xue; Hongwei Lu interrogates the Body-Writing phenomenon: Is there more to it than sex and drugs?
Published June 16, 2010
Harrison Candelaria Fletcher, editor, has announced the publication of the first issue of of Shadowbox, an online magazine exclusively devoted to contemporary creative nonfiction "of every shape, style, and incarnation. Each issue will include new writing, interviews with masters of the form, reviews of provocative published work, a gallery of visual and literary collaborations, an archive of resurrected writings, interactive links with like-minded types, and much more."

The Shadowbox site is designed to be interactive (click the objects), and will be published biannually. The first issue features interviews with Brenda Miller, a book review of David Shield's Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, an art gallery featuring words and images of Margo Klass and Frank Soos, and new writing by Bev Aliff, Julie Carr, Noah Eli Gordon, Daniel Hales, Jena Huisken, Stephen Graham Jones, J. Michael Martinez, Kerry Muir, Megan Nix, Linda Norton, Karen Michelle Otero, Robert Vivian, and Jake Adam York.

Shadowbox reads submissions May 15 - October 15 and December 15 - April 15.
Published May 18, 2010
Press 53 has set July 19 as the launch date for its new quarterly online magazine, Prime Number Magazine: A Journal of Distinctive Prose and Poetry. Award-winning writer Clifford Garstang (In an Uncharted Country) will serve as editor, and award-winning poet and writer Valerie Nieman (Wake Wake Wake) will serve as poetry editor. Plans include an annual print anthology featuring selected works from the editors. Prime Number Magazine will publish short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction, essays, book reviews, and craft articles on writing. The premiere issue, set to launch July 19, will contain works from invited writers, with submission guidelines for future issues.

To celebrate the launch of Prime Number Magazine, Press 53 will give away over $250 in short story and poetry collections to one lucky person. To be entered into the drawing, simply follow Prime Number Magazine on Twitter or Facebook, or register (for free) on their web site. The winner will be announced in the premiere issue.
Published May 12, 2010
Under the editorship of Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis and Gerald Maa, the Asian American Literary Review is "a space for writers who consider the designation 'Asian American' a fruitful starting point for artistic vision and community." In addition to their twice yearly print journal, AALR will publish an online feature entitled "Dear John Okada." This monthly web exclusive "features an open letter to John Okada, Carlos Bulosan, Siu Sin Far — the shades of Asian American literature past—regarding the state of Asian American literature today." The first of these installments features a letter to Agha Shahid Ali from Dilruba Ahmed.

The Spring 2010 issue of AALR is available now and features poetry by Cathy Song, Oliver de la Paz, Paisley Rekdal, April Naoko Heck, Mong-Lan, Eugene Gloria, Nick Carbó, and David Woo; an interview by Kandice Chuh with Karen Tei Yamashita; prose by Ed Lin, Marie Mutsuki Mockett, Sonya Chung, Hasanthika Sirasena, David Mura, Gary Pak, and Brian Ascalon Roley; book reviews and a forum with David Mura, Ru Freeman and Alexander Chee.

AALR reads submissions from June 1 - September 1. Their first two issues are already closed, so any submissions sent in will be considered for publication in 2011.

AALR was also reviewed on NewPages here.
Published May 11, 2010
Issue Zero: Hustle is the first "raucous experiment" of 48 Hour Magazine. Using new tools to erase media's old limits, editors Heather Champ, Dylan Fareed, Mathew Honan, Alexis Madrigal, Derek Powazek, Sarah Rich wrote, photographed, illustrated, designed, and edited a magazine in two days. "From noon on May 7th through noon on the 9th, a team circled up around the original Rolling Stone conference table in Mother Jones' offices to transform 1,502 submissions from around the world into a chorus of voices, all harmonizing around the same theme: hustle." Available via MagCloud, 48 Hour Magazine features 60 pages of writing and artwork. Plans for upcoming issues are in the works, after these folks get some sleep.
Published May 10, 2010
Gorgeous. Gorgeous. Gorgeous. Camera Obscura is the kind of publication that will definitely keep readers demanding print publications they can hold in their hands. A biannual independent print journal and "internet haunt," Camera Obscura features prose & photography by established, as well as, emerging writers and photographers. Don't let the 9x6 format fool you - the high quality production makes the images on these pages fill the mind's eye (a true model of how art is best reproduced for greatest viewer appreciation).

Behind the scenes at Camera Obscura are Editor M.E. Parker, Prose Editors Meredith Doench, Tim Horvath, Shane Oshetski, and M.E. Parker, Photography Editors Kate Parker and Lisa Roberts.

The first issue is a packed 128 pages, including fiction by Claire Bateman, Joshua Cohen, Patrick Dacey, Kane X. Faucher (Editor's Choice Award for fiction), Amy Glasenapp, Cynthia Litz, Robert McGowan, Nani Power, Thea Swanson, Michael Trocchia, Ren
Published May 09, 2010
Well, it's too late to submit, but apparently over 1500 pieces had to be sorted through yesterday in order to make today's noon publish deadline: 48HR Magazine. You be the judge.
Published May 06, 2010
Cofounded by David Dominguez (poetry editor), Rick Garza (fiction editor), and Alma Dominguez (managing editor), The Packinghouse Review will publish fiction and poetry biannually. Their first issue includes fiction by Neal Blaikie, David Borofka, Daniel Chacόn, and Liza Wieland, and poetry by Christopher Buckley, Gerardo Diego (translated by Francisco Aragόn), Frank X. Gaspar, Rojoberto González, Lee Herrick, David Hurst, Maria Melendez, Chad Prevost, Dixie Salazar, and Michael Spurgeon.

The Packinghouse Review also includes a Student Intern Editor, a position currently filled by Cecilia Ruiz of Reedley College, California.

The publication is available for single copy purchase via Amazon.
Published May 04, 2010
Quietly entering the scene, Lo-Ball has all the promise of becoming an established publication. Editors D.A. Powell and T.J. Di Francesco mean to keep the production simple, touting the magazines as a "no frills" publication. This production approach passes no judgement on the magazine's content, however, which includes in its first issue new poetry by J. Peter Moore, Rachel Zucker, John Casteen, Erin Belieu, Camille T. Dungy, Ely Shipley, Paisley Rekdal, David Trinidad, Katie Ford, Timothy O’Keefe, Ryan Courtwright, Ryan Call, Randall Mann, Kristen Tracy, Kristen Hatch, Luke Sykora, Stephen Elliott, John Beer, Peter Covino, Ash Bowen, CJ Evans, Ilya Kaminsky, Rachel Loden, Derek Mong, Benjamin Paloff, and Alex Lemon.

Published semiannually, Lo-Ball is available by single copy or two-issue subscription via PayPal - at one of the most low-ball prices I've seen on a lit mag in a long time ($4.99/issue). Printed by Bookmobile with glossy cover and nice stock, they're not out to make money on this one (thus the .org, I'm guessing). And my favorite promotional line in the publication, "Lo-Ball respectfully reminds you to have your pets spayed or neutered. Or both." How can you resist?

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