Beautiful Things is a weekly column of "very brief nonfiction that find beauty in the everyday" published on the River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative website. Edited by Michelle Webster-Hein and Sarah M. Wells, the inspiration for the column was Michelle Webseter-Hein's essay, "Beautiful Things," published in River Teeth 15.1 and appearing in a series of excerpts on the website.
Contributors to Beautiful Things include Stacy Boe Miller, Andrea Marcusa, Dina Relles, Kelly Morse, Carolee Bennett, Christopher Bundy, Andrea Fisk Rotterman, Pamela Rothbard, Steven Harvey, Allen M. Price, Nikki Hardin, Emily James, and many more.
Writers are invited to contribute flash, nonfiction of 250 or less to be considered for publication. Readers are welcome to comment on the stories using Disqus.
"Frozen Flowers 3" by Nicoletta Poungias is featured on the Spring 2019 cover of Glassworks, a publication of the Master of Arts in Writing at Rowan University, located in Glassboro - go figure - New Jersey.
Maa, along with Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, founded the Asian American Literary Review in 2009 and has been serving as editor-in-chief. In his introduction to Georgia Review readers Maa writes, "A print periodical—dare I say here—is capable of cultivating communities in ways that no other medium can. To open up a journal—break a spine, perhaps—to carry a volume, or run your fingers over your name printed on a page is very special. But to congregate around a print journal is also special in its own right."
The Fall 2019 issue is Corey's final as editor, and in it, he offers what Maa calls "a valedictory essay that should not be missed." Indeed. Reading it, I unexpectedly found myself overwhelmed with emotion. Corey marvels as he remembers first accepting the job as editor, looking back now having "published polished and mature work by writers not yet born - and I don't mean born as writers, I mean born - when I started working at GR both excites and spooks me." Likewise, the end of such a great era for GR readers does not go unnoticed nor lightly in our hearts.
As Corey refrains in his final farewell: "Good literary-magazine editing is an intimate act."
Between October 2016 and February 2017, Heron Tree online poetry journal published a series of works "constructed from materials in the public domain in the United States." Editors Chris Campolo and Rebecca Resinski then compiled these into a PDF ebook, Found in the Public Domain, that is free to download.
Contributors include Melissa Frederick, Wendy DeGroat, Karen L. George, Howie Good, Tamiko Nimura, Winston Plowes, Deborah Purdy, M. A. Scott, Margo Taft Stever, Carey Voss, and Sarah Ann Winn. The booklet includes a section of notes from each contributor on their source(s) and process.
Heron Tree publishes poems individually on their website and collects them into volumes and special issues. All content is available for readers online. The publications is open for submissions for volume seven through December 1, 2019.
Alex "Queen of Double Eyes" Garant is the featured artist for issue 20 of Sequestrum: Journal of Literature and Art. Unique to Sequestrum is their mission "to be an affordable, sustainable home to quality literature. Rather than charge a set sticker price per issue, we offer a unique, pay-what-you-can subscription format."
The Spring 2019 issue of Seneca Review features cover art by Edie Fake, whose "paintings start as self-portraits, and from there, they make a break for it, referencing elements of the trans and non-binary body through pattern, color and architectural metaphor."
The Fall 2019 issue of Ruminate features the winning entries for the publication's annual William Van Dyke Short Story Prize. The final judge for 2019 was Tyrese Coleman.
"DrownTown" by Joshua Gray
"Parkside" by Kate Bradley
"Standard Uniform" by Shelley Linso
Read more about each author in addition to the judge's comments about their works here.
The 2020 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize, awarding $1500 to the winner, is open until February 15, 2020.
Looking to spark your motivation for writing? Try the latest prompt from 3Elements Review: Carriage, Pinwheel, Scour.
Each quarter, 3Elements Review presents three elements, and all three must be used in the story or poem in order to be considered for publication.
The editors expand on this guideline, "Your story or poem doesn’t have to be about the three elements or even revolve around them; simply use your imagination to create whatever you want. You can use any form of the words/elements for the given submission period. For example, if the elements are: Flash, Whimsy, and Seizure; we would accept the usage of Flashed, Whimsical, and Seizures."
3Elements also accepts artwork and photography based on at least one of the elements - "but creating something that represents all three elements will really impress us."
The deadline for this quarter is November 30, 2019.
In addition to publishing poetry, interviews, and reviews twice a year online as well as chapbooks, Under a Warm Green Linden accompanies each issue with a selection of beautiful, affordable, high-quality print broadsides signed by the authors. The adjectives to describe these broadsides are my own; I have sought them out for purchase with every new issue - so I can attest to their production value! Add to that, Under a Warm Green Linden donates a portion of all proceeds from sales to the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Forest Foundation - both with specific reforestation efforts. To date. Under a Warm Green Linden supporters have helped plant 300 trees. A win all around!
Pictured: "Narcissus on the Hunt" by Jennifer Bullis
Understorey Magazine is an online publication of Canadian literature and visual art inviting "compelling, original stories and art by Canadian writers and artists who identify as women or non-binary."
For Issue 17 themed Nature: Writing on a World under Threat, the editors are offering free editing services for submissions. In an effort to "inspire new and emerging writers, as well as support established writers," the editors are offering to "send our thoughts on what already works and what can be improved." Not all works will be published, but with this effort, Understorey hopes to help women writers "polish" their writing and "find a place to share it with the world."
A very generous offer indeed! Submission deadline is September 30.