Structo Editor Euan Monaghan starts the newest issue commenting on the work of editing a literary magazine, ". . . not always fun and games. Sometimes, when I've had enough of chasing invoices or wrestling software, I pull up on screen something that we are about to publish: a piece of writing so new that it's not yet been committed to paper. Something only a few people have seen. And the excitement returns. I remember why I'm doing this - it's because I want to share this feeling of excitement with the whole world. The writing we publish is really good."
In addition to their own "really good" selections, the UK-based Structo has been invited by Faber & Faber and Arts Council English to publish one poem from each of the 2013-2014 Faber New Poet Award Winners. The Faber Poets receive mentoring, financial support, and a debut pamphlet published by Faber & Faber. The poets are Declan Ryan, Zaffar Kunial, Rachael Allen, and Structo's own Will Burns. Burns also talks with Kunial and includes the interview in this issue.
Under the editorial guidance of Willard Spiegelman since 1984 (when the editorial responsibility was returned to a faculty member for the first time in forty years), Southwest Review has emerged as "one of the best literary quarterlies in the United Sates," according to PEN American Center. Having won the PEN Nora Magid Award for Literary Editing in 2005, Spiegelman and his editorial staff have shown a true lifetime commitment to publishing "luminous and unfamiliar names, so long as the writing is genuine."
Also featured in this anniversary issue are the 2014 Morton Marr Poetry Prize Winners. This year's judge was Elizabeth Spires.
First Place Kyle Norwood "Landscape with Fountain and Language"
Second Place Lisa Rosenberg "To the Makers"
Second Place David Landon "Ash Wednesday: Coffee At Starbucks"
From the publisher: "One day, in a burst of loyalty, Hendrik reveals that his name is in fact Jakob and he is Jewish. It is a choice with drastic consequences. It not only puts his whole family in danger but it also severs his ties with his best friend Ivan, whose father is a high-ranking military official. Throughout the horrific months that follow in the Auschwitz concentration camp, it is Jakob's passion for revenge against Ivan that fuels his will to survive. However, unknown to Jakob, Ivan had made a choice of his own on that fateful day – a choice that changes everything."
The Choice is Kathy Clark's second book in the Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers, and is based on the experiences of her father, a Holocaust survivor.
[ISBN 9781927583654 / Ages: 9-13 / 200 pages / paperback / b&w photos]
First place: Christa Romanosky [pictured], of Pittsburgh, PA, wins $1500 for "Every Shape That the Moon Makes." Her story will be published in Issue 96 of Glimmer Train Stories.
Second place: Adam Soto, native Chicagoan now living in Austin, TX, wins $500 for "The Box." His story will also be published in an upcoming issue, increasing his prize to $700.
Third place: Katy E. Ellis, of Seattle, WA, wins $300 for "Night Watch."
A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.
Deadline coming up! Family Matters: April 30. Glimmer Train hosts this competition twice a year, and first place receives $1500 plus publication in the journal. It's open to all writers for stories about families of all configurations. Most submissions to this category run 1200-5000 words, but can go up to 12,000. Click here for complete guidelines.
Clive Barker, a contemporary of author Neil Gaiman, first rose to fame in the eighties, with the Books of Blood. At the time, Stephen King called Barker "the future of horror"; a prophecy that proved true, as Barker's talent easily translated across major films (Hellraiser, Candyman, Gods and Monsters) fine art and more fiction, with the bestselling Abarat series.
Now an elusive figure who makes few public appearances, Barker is baring his imagination for Zymbol readers, and offering some lucky Kickstarter patrons autographed prints, reproduced directly from the pages of his bedside notebook.
Other rewards on offer include rare autographed books and Zymbol Magazine subscriptions. The Kickstarter is underway now.
McClintick says BPL "started on a whim, but as we've gotten more engaged with the work, we really see it as a chance to help writers and artists get more visibility online." Like many start-up publications, there's no paycheck for those involved, but nor does the publication ask for payment. "All our work is voluntary and we see it as community service," comment McClintick, "We love having the chance to share the work of others and give readers the chance to find more work like it. This is why our contributor's bios contain links to other work they've done or are doing. We want readers to read more and discover more; our magazine is just a starting point for them."
Some featured contributors to the first two issues include Emma DeMilta, Glen Armstrong, Karen J. Weyant, Luke Thurogood, Rob Cook, Robin Wyatt Dunn, Patty Somlo, John Colasacco, who has a book coming out this May through CCM Press, and Howie Good, whose Fugitive Pieces proceeds will be donated to charity.
And the name – why The Birds We Piled Loosely? The answer reveals a whimsical side: "We liked birds! And besides, the great danes piled loosely would just sound silly," McClintick jokes. "In reality," he says, "we came up with a shortlist of several different names and passed them around to friends and settled on the name people liked the most." The result is indeed intriguing and unique.
In the future for BPL, the editors want to look for ways to incorporate video and audio, consider print options and different website designs, and feature a sample of an author's newly released book. Already, issue three will feature poems from Rob Cook's new book Asking My Liver for Forgiveness.
For submissions, the editors tell writers to submit "text pieces" instead of any one genre because they don't want to discourage people from submitting in any medium or style of writing. As for art, they're really open to anything there as well. Letson's background and career is in visual design, while McClintick's is in writing and editing, so they complement each other in the type of work they're looking for.
McClintick stresses to writers: "Understand that we won't know your name or publication history when we review the piece. We've rejected writers claiming they had over a 100 publications and accepted writers who have never been published. We'll take a look at any type of writing and judge it on its merit alone. Name dropping publications when you submit your piece doesn't impress us."
McClintick and Letson offer this final word: "We really believe in the work we're doing and in our contributors! We want to thank them again. This magazine is really for our contributors and readers, and we can only hope that when someone opens the magazine that they can see all of this in our work."
The March 2015 Inkslinger Award winners are Michael Deagler for his story "Fishtown, Down," and photography by Justin Hamm. Previous winners can be found here with links to their winning works.
Buffalo Almanack has announced they are open for submissions for their first themed issue: "Where Thou Art." The editors are expanding submissions to include creative non-fiction in addition to short stories and visual art. "Everybody on the planet is eligible," say the editors, "no entry cost is required, and you have plenty of time to prepare - subs will remain open from March to November of 2015." Specific guidelines can be found on the Buffalo Almanack website as well as in the newest issue (pages 61-62).
GreenPrints "The Weeder's Digest" celebrates 25 continuous years of publishing with its 101 issue of spring 2015. GreenPrints was the alternative path Pat Stone, Garden Editor, and Susan Sides, Gardener, took when Mother Earth News came under new ownership and ended their positions with the publication. Over the next twenty years, GreenPrints became a "family run" publication, with Pat and his wife Becky and their four children all participating in the production.
Today, GreenPrints continues to fill a unique niche in both the literary and gardening worlds. Only GreenPrints magazine "shares the human side" of gardening through its content: "the joy, humor, frustrations, and heart in fine prose and fine art." GreenPrints also publishes a poem per issue and contains some of the best illustrations throughout as I have ever viewed in a literary journal, in addition to seasonally gorgeous cover art on each issue. Continuing to cross the genres of gardening magazine with literary journal, GreenPrints also features ads for bulbs, seeds, natural pest repellants, herbs, and much more to support the gardening community.
To see some of the illustrations as well as sample a story from the most recent issue, visit GreenPrints here.