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Published March 09, 2009
Gigantic is a forthcoming print magazine of short prose and art (arriving in April) founded about a year ago by four former Columbia MFA students: Ann DeWitt, Rozalia Jovanovic, Lincoln Michel (who was a former reviewer at NewPages - Hi Lincoln!), and James Yeh.

In addition to publishing short and innovative fiction from such writers as Ed Park (founding editor of The Believer and author of Personal Days) and Justin Taylor (who has edited for McSweeney's), they have several interviews either completed or lined up with: Malcolm Gladwell, Gary Shteyngart, Sam Lipsyte, Tao Lin, as well as a conversation between Joe Wenderoth and Deb Olin Unferth.

Already on their website are "preview teasers" including a Prose preview, an Art preview, and most recently an Interview preview with excerpts from each of the aforementioned interviews - more than enough to pique a reader's curiosity!

Gigantic is open for submissions, and includes a list of "a few of our favorite things" to give writers an idea of the type of aesthetic they would be interested in seeing.
Published March 05, 2009
From editors Mark Stricker and Jolynne Roorda: "nanomajority ia back from an unplanned hiatus, excited to reset the clock for our upcoming issues and planning to unveil some new projects in the near future. Thanks to our contributors for being so patient! From an editorial standpoint, nanomajority is interested in the various ways in which artists, writers, and critics intersect (or don't); there is no single stylistic container or grouping from which we select projects to highlight. There is no overarching manifesto to guide us. We simply publish what interests us."

nanomajority does not accept submissions in general, but if you have a project in mind - and after reviewing their site, you'll see how broad a mind they have - you can contact them with a proposal.

In the most current issue: Lizzie Hughes, Myron Michael, e.t. and Michael Bolsinga.
Published March 02, 2009
Twelve Stories is an online literary journal dedicated to publishing quality short fictions of up to 1,500 words each. Editors are Molly Gaudry and Blythe Winslow, whose credentials are as follows: "One of us is a writing professor; the other works in a head shop. One of us is outspoken; the other is passive aggressive. Neither can sing." Fair enough!

As the publication cycle is whenever Gaudry and Winslow receive "twelve stellar stories," submissions are open, and sim/subs welcome.

The first issue features stories by Steve Almond, J.R. Angelella, Rusty Barnes, Matt Bell, Jimmy Chen, Timothy Gager, Richard Garcia, Kathryn Good-Schiff, Jim Hanas, Jeff Landon, Jennifer Levin, and Dan Moreau.
Published February 26, 2009
Technically not *new* Agricultural Reader is an arts annual founded in 2006 by Jeremy Schmall who currently edits the publication with Justin Taylor. However, the most recent issue (No. 3) is making its national debut via X-ing Books.

Agriculture Reader is interested in fiction, poetry, criticism, and "anything we haven't seen before or even thought of yet." They ask contributors to send a query letter rather than a submission: "Tell us about yourself, what you liked about our previous issues, and feel free to include a brief, representative sample of your work. We read queries year-round and respond, in the fullness of time, to all of our mail."

The first issue includes works by Shimon Adaf, Christian Barter, Heather Christle Joshua Cohen, Julia Cohen, Dennis Cooper, Mark Edmund Doten, Will Edmiston, Elaine Equi, Christian Hawkey, Robert Hershon, Jen Hyde, Noelle Kocot, Justin Marks, Anthony McCann, Mike McDonough, Sharon Mesmer, Eileen Myles, Peter Orner, Joey Parlett, Stephen Priest, Ariana Reines, Jerome Sala, Tony Towle, Diane Williams, Rebecca Wolff, Matvei Yankelevich, and Matthew Zapruder.

You can get a sneak peek and some of the content and format on their website.
Published February 25, 2009
Specs is an annual journal of contemporary culture and arts at Rollins College that "aims to create sympathetic interfaces between artistic and critical practices." Spec accepts fiction, non-fiction, cultural criticism, artwork, poetry, and pieces that blur genre boundaries.

The editors are particularly interested in works that examine contemporary culture and/or cross the critical/creative divide while riffing on the theme of “Faux Histories” in multiple ways.

Issue One contributors include: Douglas Barbour, Molly Bendall, Jeffrey L. Bohn, Christophe Cassamassima, D.P. Clark, Robert E. Clark, Glenn Deutsch, Denise Duhamel, Eliza Fernbach, Vernon Frazer, Jeanne Genis, Janis Butler Holm, Rosalie Morales Kearns, Amy Letter, Michael David Madonick, Kate Middleton, Sheila Murphy, T.A. Noonan, Melissa Parks, Chad Reynolds, Micah Riecker, Sarah Rosenblatt, Sankar Roy, Craig Saper, Jeff Solomon, Rodrigo Toscano, Lyzette Wanzer, Nina Zammit-Zorn, Slavoj Žižek
Published February 24, 2009
More than just a lit mag, Weave is an organization based out of Pittsburgh, PA that seeks "to create a space for a cross-section of writers and artists of all walks of life to meet on the page, on the stage, and in workshop. We celebrate diversity in both the creator and their works and strive to showcase both novice and established writers and artists." Weave will host a series of workshops that focus on the writing and submissions processes as well as on bringing poetry to the stage as a viable performance art. Weave will also collaborate with writers from their publication to present readings that will showcase Pittsburgh's young literary talent. During open submission dates, Weave accepts poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, short plays and visual art.

Issue One includes poetry by Ivy Alvarez, Mary Biddinger, Rachel Bunting, Juliet Cook, Crystal Hoffman, Tom Holmes, D.M. Huneke, Jason Kirin, Dana Guthrie Martin, Carol McCarthy, Khrys Myrddin, David McLean, Michael Constantine McConnell, Phoebe North, Michael Ogletree, J.R. Pearson, Molly Prosser, Jay Robinson, Daniel M. Shapiro, Susan Slaviero, Sarah J Sloat, Ringa Sunn, Frank X. Walker, fiction by Jack Cobb, Stephen Dorneman, Mehgan McKenna, Jack Swenson, Jared Ward, and art by Angela Bayout, Sofija Canavan, Sarah Greenwood, Nashay Jones, Bonnie MacAllister, Heidi Richardson Evans,
Published February 23, 2009
Originally in print in 1983, and online since 1996, the legendary Exquisite Corpse is now back in print with Issue #1, 2009. Editor in Chief Andrei Codrescu presents artwork by Ralph Steadman, Joel Lipman; poetry by Diane di Prima, Bill Berkson, Alice Notley, Mike Topp, Jim Gustafson, Ruxandra Cesereanu; prose by Jerome Rothenberg, Willie Smith, Aram Saroyan, Lance Olsen, Davis Schneiderman; and more. Still an online force to be reckoned with, Exquisite Corpse plans a yearly publication of both online reprint and new material.
Published February 19, 2009
The Fertile Source is an online publication of Catalyst Book Press, a publisher of literary nonfiction with a special focus on fertility-related literature. They accept photos, artwork, literary essays, poems, and fiction on fertility-related themes, as well as book and magazine reviews on fertility-related publications, and will consider interviews with fertility, infertility, and adoption specialists.

And yes, “fertility-related themes” include infertility, abortion, miscarriage, and adoption as well as childbirth, pregnancy, birth control, sex, postpartum depression, breastfeeding, and becoming a parent. They do accept "parenting topics" directly related to fertility.

The first issue includes a variety of works by Wendy Marcus, Lenard D. Moore, Julia Bauknecht, Joy Mosenfelder, Genna Gardini, Christopher Woods, Nancy Adams-Cogan, Ann Angel, China Martens, and Tania Pryputniewicz.

All submissions for the ezine will be considered for one of the many anthologies planned for publication in the upcoming months or years. Catalyst has already published the anthology Labor Pains and Birth Stories.
Published February 11, 2009
Editor Roger Pemberton introduces G Twenty Two Literary Journal online as a publication "to give up-and-coming writers the opportunity to get their writing published not only along with their peers but alongside other writers who have experience in their respective literary fields. We strive to publish thoughtful, clever, inspired work that we think you will appreciate very much."

The introductory issue includes poetyr, fiction, and flash fiction by Kevin Brown, Hannah Langley, Howie Good, Micah Zevin (also a NewPages Reviewer), Nancy Devine, Ernest Williamson III, John Greiner, Tyler Gobble, J.R. Solonche, Abrielle Willis, Joseph Goosey, Michael Canterino, Brian Alan Ellis, Gale Acuff, and John Bennett.

Based on submissions, G Twenty Two hopes to publish quarterly, if not monthly.
Published February 09, 2009
The online poetry magazine The Redheaded Stepchild only accepts poems that have been rejected by other magazines. Editors Malaika King Albrecht and Deborah Blakely, who have each seen their share of accpetance and rejection, say: "We are open to a wide variety of poetry and hold no allegiance to any particular style or school." But don't even think that this is a publication without standards: "regrettably even we reject 85% of our submissions."

The inaugural issue of rejects who have found a home include: Mark DeCarteret, Elizabeth Kerlikowske, Wendy Taylor Carlisle, Richard Garcia, Maggie Glover, Thomas P. Levy, Lucia Galloway, Jessy Randall, Daniel M. Shapiro, Kit Loney, Dorine Jennette, Howie Good, Kathryn Stripling Byer, Susan Yount, Sergio Ortiz, and Susan Rich.

And TRS is kind enough to thank the rejecting publications on "The List."

Submissions are now being accepted through February for the Spring 2009 issue. C'mon, who among you doesn't have something to send in?

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