Posts Tagged ‘literary magazines’

Too Many Of Us, Too Much Noise

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Over on the Versal blog, one of the editors (Megan M. Garr) talks about the impossible economics of publishing a literary magazine and there’s a great discussion taking place in the comments. Money and literary magazines–there are no easy answers. The whole post is worth reading. After a conversation with some strategy consultants, he writes:

They were appalled by some of the cliches we throw around every day. Like, writers are poor. Like, people submit to journals they’ve never read. Like, bookstores buy the journal at a 40% discount. Like, bookstores don’t even buy it, they just take it on consignment.

I was floating after that meeting. I took a breath, got some perspective, confirmation that we navigate somewhat crazy waters here, that we model ourselves after the socialist university mags or the utopian zines but we’re actually crashing against regular-old capitalist realities. So of course our survival has become rather freaktified and precarious.


What is the best single issue of any literary magazine?

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

At Luna Park, Nicholas Ripatrazone asks: What is the best single issue of any literary magazine? (via Travis Kurowski)

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

DB 101: When a literary magazine rejects your work, there is rarely, rarely any reason to reply.

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Evoke and awaken. Corium Magazine wants your submissions.

Friday, January 1st, 2010

I’ll argue your work will actually be read more online than in print.

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

My pal Tommy Z once sent out the same story 54 times. (It was published by Carolina Q.) Your record?

Gee, This is Awkward

Friday, December 18th, 2009

smashglass7Your piece in Lit Mag X was all Oil Glow/Lick-Stick Skillz. I fell in love. So I asked you to submit to a Mag I edit, Lit Y. You did, kind soul. But that piece is only good, not Oil Glow/Lick-Stick Skillz. Now what do I do? Why?

How Not To Design an Online Lit Mag

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

It’s not hard to design a nice website. Even if you know dick-all about HTML or builders, it’s pretty easy to find someone who does, and pretty easy to build a minimal site, or a weird and compelling on, that compliments the words. With all the crap against lit journals in the world, the last thing we need is when someone is actually interested enough to have a look, that they come see some cookie-cutter eye-sore that looks like it was designed by a ‘special’ 8th grader in 1995 (in a bad way).

Take a site like DIAGRAM: this site looks so nice sometimes I just sit and stare.

Other sites, though, well, they’re still on training wheels, and those wheels are made of Jell-O.

(1) Expanded Horizons: What in the shit is this? First of all, when I come to your page, the first thing I see, the VERY FIRST THING, is you asking for donations through Amazon. Not a table of contents, not even some bitmapped image of a goat with a lily flower. Just begging for money. First of all, we all know it costs money to run a journal (even though with an web journal it is little to none) but if you are going to build your site with that bit of info up front, you’re making it hard for anybody to even get interested in what you’re supposedly promoting enough to want to give you money to ‘keep you afloat.’ I mean, it actually took me a minute to find the link to your first ‘issue’ so that I could even read what you are ‘publishing.’

This is a pretty long post, so if you’re interested, we’ll continue after the jump.