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Published March 18, 2011
Although Open City Magazine will cease publication, Open City Books remains in business in its shared office space with As such, Open City Books and are looking for new office-mates for their "sunny and fully-equipped office in a great elevator building in NYC's SoHo."

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Published March 19, 2011
Co-edited by emily danforth, Dave Madden, and Adam Peterson and published in Lincoln, Nebraska, The Cupboard was originally a monthly 'pamphlet,' and downloads of the first sixteen issues can be found in the archives on the website. These can be printed and "assembled" by readers from PDFs.

The Cupboard has evolved into a quarterly publication of creative prose with each volume featuring a body of work by a single author. Design and layout are done by William Todd Seabrook.

Recent authors include James Scott / Ryan Call, Andrew Borgstrom, Amanda Goldblatt, Joshua Cohen, Michael Stewart, Caia Hagel, Mathias Svalina, Louis Streitmatter, and Jesse Ball.

The Cupboard is also holding its first-ever contest, featuring guest judge Michael Martone. The winning author will receive $500 and publication. Manuscripts between 4,000 and 10,000 words, of one piece or many, are being accepted until March 31, with the contest fee applied to a subscription if the writer chooses.
Published March 20, 2011
Congrats to these Ellie Award winners of the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Awards for Digital Media: The Oxford American (Video), Poetry (Podcasting), Virginia Quarterly Review (Multimedia Package).
Published March 21, 2011
Open Minds Quarterly remains one of my favorite stalwart publications. I first used it when I taught a writing course themed "Understanding Disability," and have remained a fan ever since. It is published by the Northern Initiative for Social Action out of Sudbury, Ontario, with the tag line: "Your psychosocial literary journal." Never afraid to take on mental health issues most 'in the news' but certainly least understood (like PTSD when so many vets began - and yes continue - returning home to inadequate health care and support), this latest issue is yet another example of the importance of the publication's role for readers and writers. The winter 2011 issue is focused on "Women & Mental Illness: As told by women in poetry and essays." The publication remains fearless in its position that "consumers/survivors of mental health services are intelligent, creative, and can make a valuable contribution to society if given the opportunity to do so." It behooves each of us to finish out this contribution by reading what these brave and talented authors have to share.
Published March 21, 2011
Edited by Kristopher Williamson, American traveler now living and working in Kuala Lumpur, Anak Sastra is an online publication showcasing short fiction and creative non-fiction in English by writers of Southeast Asian countries as well as the experiences of expatriates and tourists living or traveling in Southeast Asia.

Currently in its third edition, Anak Sastra includes works by Jill Widner, Jonathan Lim, Shaz Johar, Sharanya Manivannan, Rafi Abdullah, Bryan Normanm, Tia Sumito, Paul Gnana Selvam, Khairul Hj Anwar, Karl Wendt, and Paige Yeoh.

Anak Sastra is open for submissions of short stories, fiction or nonfiction, for its quarterly editions.

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Published March 21, 2011
The Winter 2010 (173) issue of The Malahat Review includes the winner of the 2010 Creative Non-Fiction Prize, Eve Joseph, whose essay, "Intimate Strangers," was selected by final judge David Leach from 188 entries. An interview with Joseph is available on TMR website. The deadline for the 2011 Creative Non-Fiction Prize is August 1, 2011. First prize is $1000 (CA) + publication.
Published March 17, 2011
Conceived by Series Editor William Wright in 2003, The Southern Poetry Anthology is a projected twelve-to-sixteen volume project celebrating established and emerging poets of the American South, published by Texas Review Press. Inspired by other single-volume anthologies, The Southern Poetry Anthology aspires to provide readers with a documentary-like survey of the best poetry being written in the American South at the present moment.

Currently available are volumes on South Carolina, Mississippi, and Contemporary Appalachia. Forthcoming are volumes on Louisiana and Georgia with plans for Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Florida, Texas, Arkansas, West Virginia, Kentucky, The Gulf Coast, and a final volume collecting highlights of the series.

Submissions are currently being sought for the sixth volume: Tennessee.

For more information and submission guidelines, contact William Wright: vercimber at or Jesse Graves: gravesj at
Published March 18, 2011
The Projector: Film and Media Journal is an electronic peer reviewed journal on film, media, and culture, published bi-annually by the Department of Theatre and Film at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. The journal welcomes articles, interviews, reviews, and screenplays from emerging and established scholars and practitioners.

The most recent issue edited by Cynthia Baron and Rosalind Sibielski is themed "Reflections on (Film) Genres and on (Women’s) Bodies in Art and Performance" and features contributors Sudipto Sanyal, Mark Bernard, Heidi Nees, and Hope Bernard, and "Forum Participants" Melinda Lewis, Kevan A. Feshami, Angie Fitzpatrick, Lizabeth Mason, Katie S. Barak, Mallory Jagodzinski, and Justin Philpot.

The Projector is currently seeking essays for Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 issues. Particularly interested in scholarship that engages in interdisciplinary analyses of film and media texts, including those that examine them from a cultural studies, political economy, qualitative audience research, industry analysis, feminist, queer theory, or critical race theory perspective. Essays that engage with theoretical debates in film, media and cultural studies, as well as those that engage in critical examinations of aesthetic practices are also invited, as well as essays that examine alternatives to corporate media.
Published March 18, 2011
New from Firewheel Editions (Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics) with Editor David Holub and Publisher Brian Clements, comes Kugelmass: A Journal of Literary Humor. In the "Rambling from the Editor," citing some statics about new literary journals failing within the first 20 minutes of establishing writers' guidelines, Holub answers the question "Now why would we go and do this?" with "The truth is we are foolish: we did not think this through. But even if this endeavor is high in its potential for doom, that's really what humor is all about. Humorists are gutsy, putting themselves out there like that."

The first issue of gutsy writers who Kugelmass has helped to put out there include Steve Almond, Mike Birbiglia, David Kirby, Simon Rich, Larry Doyle, Larry Gaffney, David Galef, Kurt Luchs, Teresa Milbrodt, Thomas Mundt, Dan Pope, D. Harlan Wilson, and Curtis VanDonkelaar.

Kugelmass publishes biannually and accepts submissions of stories and essays of "1,000 words or 4,000 words or any count in between. Except 3,258. It can go to hell."
Published March 16, 2011
In the Editor's Comment to volume 24 (2011) of Witness, the question of print vs. online is explored. Citing the publication's mission to make Witness more accessible, as well as the waning prejudice against online publications and the cost savings, the decision was that "Witness will once again be published three times a year: in print every January, and online in May and September. Our digital issues will appear as whole, original publications...and will continue to be distributed in e-book formation to our library subscribers. Similarly, in 2012, our print issue will be available in electronic format for a variety of devices. Going forward, the print issue will also be entirely given over to thematic work, beginning with this volume, 'Blurring Borders.'"

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