In Volume 4, Issue 3 of Club Plum, unexpected small worlds light up before us. Maybe the light stings in the Whiskey a Go Go or throbs from the freight train up in the hills. Maybe it reflects off your wet paddleboard or dazzles from your Windex-blue gemstone on your finger. Maybe it nips our geese-girl ankles as we run in the garden or whistles in the ears of the university men who won’t let us speak. Or maybe the light shines from the eyes of a man who was once a little girl and who lays her to sleep forever with love, keeping her safe and remembered. Discover these and more in creative nonfiction by Sloane Gray and Amanda Seney, flash nonfiction by Heather Vaughan, flash fiction by Lisa Piazza, prose poetry by Amy DeBellis, Phoebe Houser, CiCi Logan, Iris Rosenberg, and art by Margaret Karmazin and Steven Ostrowski.
Volume 4, Issue 2 of Club Plum online literary and art journal carries the weight of knowing the ones we love are often out of reach. Sometimes they are our mothers, right beside us, their mental illness having stolen them away. Sometimes they are our fathers, very old and wheelchair-bound, war-demon wrestling blocking us from what could have been. In this issue, characters and family, friends, and ghosts reside in shelters and nursing homes, in laundromats and restaurants, in TVs, trees, and memories, and in all these places, there is longing. Contributors include Anna Laura Falvey, Foster Trecost, Rhiannon Chavez, Jesse Curran, Narisma, Mary Wood, Jeff Bender, Kate LaDew, King Tina, Em Townsend, Sam Moe, Jeff Bender, Elizabeth Horton, Michael Moreth, and Carolyn Schlam.
In issue 4.1 of Club Plum online literary journal, an array of characters and narrators try to find their way in rooms and spaces–orange rooms and roughed-up houses, bathroom stalls and bath drains, bedroom mirrors and dating sites and freezers. The places are sometimes ominous or unsure, but they are familiar. And we need that: the familiar and the familiar in the uncanny because then we will understand that we are not alone. Contributions to this issue include flash fiction by Lynn Bey and Sophie Panzer; flash nonfiction by Kayla Pica Williams; prose poetry by Ken Anderson, Kathleen Hellen, D.M. Richardson; and art by Richard Baldasty, Joseph A. Miller, and Doren Robbins.
Founder and Editor of Club Plum Literary Journal, Thea Swanson, opens the fall 2022 issue on a somber note, “I wish I could introduce this year’s Literary Horror issue, Volume 3, Issue 4 of Club Plum, with something light, paying homage to breath-stopping make-believe horrors that entertain or instruct, or nodding to wondrous non-horror works, bringing it full circle to this issue. But we are in the midst of real horror that I must speak to instead: Schoolgirls are being murdered for refusing to wear cloth over their heads. There is so much to say here–volumes and millennia to say here–but I will only say a breath’s worth, a hijab’s worth, just one layer of the many heavy truths one piece of material contains, and it is this: the head-covering is a lie. A trick. To make one think a certain way [. . . ] I speak from experience. In a previous life, I wore a head-covering at a church for all the reasons women do this, for all those reasons imposed on us as we are brainwashed, as women are plugged into categories.” Read the full introductory remarks here.
While we do create our own horrors to entertain this time of year, there is a poignancy to many of the pieces within, perhaps reflections of the real-life horrors others cannot escape. Readers are invited to access Club Plum online and delve into works by Paige Swan, Marina Giacosa Esnal, Lalini Shanela Ranaraja, J. M. Bédard, Archangel Belletti, Salena Casha, Jacob Kamp, Noah Cohen-Greenberg, Macy Lu, Wilson Taylor, Julie Bolt, Sarah DiSilvestro, and Irina Tall Novikova.
In issue 3.2’s introductory essay, “Claim What is Ours,” Club Plum online literary journal founding editor Thea Swanson writes, “Freedom and democracy are fragile. They are precious, and they shouldn’t be precious. They should be mundane. // Writing and creating, for some of us, is mundane, and for that, we should take pause and treasure our ability to write and to create, to share our words and images, knowing how closely these acts are tied to our freedom, to our democracy.” Sharing in these very acts are the contributors to this issue: flash fiction by David Hartley, Amy Holman, Jen Schneider, and Nora Studholme; prose poetry by Kevin Carey, Larua Goldin, Sophia Holme, and Nicole Flaherty Kimball; and art by Nicola Brayan, Phyllis Green and Sabahat Ali Wani.
A new issue of Club Plum is out. In Volume 2 Issue 2: flash fiction by Linda Saldaña; prose poetry by Mike James, Kristen Roach, and Sean Rys; hybrid by Katherine Cart, Ann Stewart McBee, Jesse Millner, and t.m. thomson; and art by Carolyn Adams, Allison Janicki, Rebecca Ledbetter, Joe Lugara, and Michal Mitak Mahgerefteh.
Deadline: December 31, 2020
Please send your beauties and uglies to Club Plum for Volume 2, Issue 1, dropping January 15, 2021. Send your pain. Send your fury. Send your strange. Unsure if prose poem or flash fiction? Send it our way. See www.clubplumliteraryjournal.com for guidelines.
Deadline: October 1, 2020
Submissions open for creepy and dark flash fiction, prose poetry, and art for the October 16th issue of Club Plum. Blood and monsters are welcome as long as you write them well, as are things felt but not seen. Fear in the silent spaces. Not quite sure if it is horror? Send it along. Staunchly non-horror pieces are welcome for this issue as well, but send sappy elsewhere. Send sad. Send strange. Send beauty that is destined to doom. See clubplumliteraryjournal.com for submission requirements.
Club Plum Literary Journal is a new quarterly online literary magazine founded in 2019. They have released three issues to date with a focus on flash fiction, prose poetry, and art from both emerging and established writers. Their aim is to act as a “temporary entrance into a literary world of empathy, art, and sound. A place to take and to give.”
They keep their site clean and free of ads and distracting elements so the reader’s experience is focused on the absorbing tales and imagery unravelling in voices either understated or lyrical, but always powerful. “This is a safe place. Our hearts have been pummeled; our minds have been toyed with. We see clearly now. This is a place for thinkers and doers. A place to turn our pain into wondrous works of art.”
Submissions open for flash fiction of no more than 800 words and prose poems. Send powerful yet subtle pieces. Send strong voices. Send dreamy words that don’t gush. Skate on the edge of realities. Club Plum also seeks art: Please send one image only of pen-and-ink line art, watercolor, bold colors, experimental work, collage, impressionistic or abstract pieces. Tell the editor about your piece. The editor will pass on photography. See clubplumliteraryjournal.com for details. Volume 1 Issue 3 features work from William L. Alton, Ron Burch, Barry Jay Kaplan, James McAdams, Scott Ragland, Emelia Steenekemp, Jake Stimmel, Mary Buchinger, Jason Kahler, Natalie Eleanor Patterson, Katie Anderson, Ann-Marie Brown, Clara Choi, Tim Stuemke, and Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad.
Submissions open for flash fiction of no more than 800 words and prose poems. Send powerful yet subtle pieces. Send strong voices. Send dreamy words that don’t gush. Skate on the edge of realities. Club Plum also seeks art: Please send one image only of pen-and-ink line art, watercolor, bold colors, experimental work, collage, impressionistic or abstract pieces. Tell the editor about your piece. The editor will pass on photography. See clubplumliteraryjournal.com for details.
Have you read the first two issues of online literary magazine Club Plum Literary Journal yet? Check those out and consider submitting your own flash fiction, prose poetry, and art for their next issue. There is no fee to submit. Fiction should be under 800 words. They want the lyrical and the unusual. They accept images of pen-and-ink line art, pencil drawings, watercolor, experimental, impressionistic, or abstract pieces. These can be black and white or in color. They do not currently accept photography at this time.