Tuesday, June 12, 2012

#TheReviewReview: job opening, news for writers & more

Wouldn't that be Review² ? Whatever. No time to read all the little mags you submit to and should read but dont? Then read the review review. A good read too. Reviews, essays, interviews, tips. 

PS ~ feel free to share favorites for growing that overwhelming list of good reads and resources we wish we had time for ... maybe someday. We promise never to be swinish about the pearls cast before us...

Job Opening, and News
Our focus is...on opening a window to give readers an honest look inside the heart of the Midwest. Jeff Pfaller, editor of Midwestern Gothic
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The Review Review
Greetings lit-loving lit-nicks,

Are you looking for a job? Think you might like to be the editor of a highly reputable literary magazine? If so, you'd better act fast on a job opening that was announced today by Mid-American Review. Join their Facebook group to see the listing.

In other news, lit mags are branching out in all sorts of new ways. Beginning this summer, Prairie Schooner will be available for Kindle download. According to one article, "This transition puts Prairie Schooner in company with top literary magazines, such as The Atlantic and The New Yorker, that are available in an electronic format." Meanwhile the New Pages webstore, a great place to purchase single issues of literary magazines, is now offering free shipping on all lit mags. An awesome deal!

Crazyhorse will see some changes as editors Carol Ann Davis and Garrett Doherty will be moving on. The journal's website has not yet announced who the new editors will be. And The Paris Review has announced its own new direction toward producing...neckties? Yes, it's true, friends. The esteemed journal has entered into the realm of men's fashion. You've got to see it to believe it. 

If you want to learn more about lit mags, but are feeling low on funds, you may be interested in a lit mag exchange with writer Jessie Carty. Or check out Screen Reading, a new column on New Pages which offers brief reviews of online journals. Also, John Fox has a helpful list on his blog of journals which accept online submissions.

On the more theoretical front, Travis Kurowski's "Notes Towards a Theory of the Literary Magazine" on Luna Park Review and Morten Hoi Jensen's "Failing Better: Ian Hamilton and The New Review" on The Millions are both must-reads for anyone interested in the history and context of literary magazines and small presses. And finally, Clifford Garstang once again dazzles the world with his list of 2012 Pushcart Prize Rankings.

If you're in New York City this weekend, don't miss the Lit Mag Marathon (AKA Magathon), brought to you by CLMP. There will be hundreds of lit mags available for $2, with publishers and editors on hand to greet you as you browse. The event will take place on Sunday from 10

As for us, this week we take a look at three literary magazines: Sentence, a journal dedicated to prose poetry; Redactions, a poetry journal that's just expanded into prose; and Antioch Review, a prose, poetry and nonfiction journal. Our interview features Jeff Pfaller and Robert James Russell, editors of Midwestern Gothic (and those fine gents up to your right). Our publishing tip is a beautiful dose of honesty from the lovely Robin Black: "The Green-Eyed Writer: On Literary Envy." Our Lit Mag Trivia Contest is all about Calyx this month, with a free subscription on offer to one lucky winner. And our classifieds are calling your name, with oodles of Calls for Submission, Writing Contests, Internships at lit mags, and Residencies.

And that, pals, is the news!

In honor of our new summer intern, Elise Blanchard, who will be working with us all the way from Aix-en-Provence,
France, je vous remercie de tout ce que vous faites. Avoir une semaine merveilleuse!


Fiction of the Midwest

Interview with Jeff Pfaller & Robert James Russell, Editors of Midwestern Gothic
Midwestern Gothic is a quarterly print literary journal out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, dedicated to featuring work about or inspired by the Midwest, by writers who live or have lived here. Midwestern Gothic aims to collect the very best in Midwestern fiction writing.
Interview by C. J. Opperthauser

Salamander's 2012 Fiction Prize: Judged by Carolyn Cooke; Submit Through June 15." Details at http://salamandermag.org/
We look for thoughtfully crafted literary submissions, which incorporate traditional elements of storytelling, but which also uniquely offer fresh ideas and/or capture an American sensibility, experience, or theme. Submission details can be found at http://thedigitalamericana.com.
By Robin Black
This post started – in my mind – as an essay about the joy of colleagues; and there is still an essay I will write one day...

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