I love the idea of making a story infinite. - Veda Kumarjiguda, editor of SpliceLit 
The Review Review
Greetings Lit Magsgiving Day Parades,

This holiday season, opportunities to work with lit mags abound. Las Vegas Review is seeking interns for summer 2014. ShortStops, the incredible site curated by Tania Hershman, which is dedicated to promoting information about presses in the UK and Ireland, is looking for folks to interview UK/Irish editors, review magazines and cover live events. Interested people should email Additionally, the literary magazine of Duquesne University, :Lexicon, is seeking an editor. Applicants must be enrolled as students (grad or undergrad) at Duquesne University. 

Are you an editor looking to grow your magazine through collaboration with other journals? The Conium Review is seeking editors with whom to cross-pollinate. Say the editors, "We want to hear from other journals—large or small, it doesn’t  matter. We hope that you can share our calls for submissions and publication updates with your readers, and we’ll share your news too. If you’re interested in reciprocally sharing posts online, please get in touch:"

Lots of nifty new things caught our eye this week. J Journal: New Writing on Justice, "the country’s first to present its analyses of contemporary justice issues through creative, not scholarly work," has upgraded their website and is lookin' real good. Monkeybicycle, "a literary journal that promotes great writing from both new and seasoned writers," has just launched a podcast. In the inaugural podcast, whose category is Society & Culture, you'll hear Kevin Sampsell reading an excerpt from his novel This is Between Us.

New lit mags keep popping up, faster than you can say "That's a really big turkey!" Lazy Fascist Review is a new biannual print journal for "fiction that slips through the cracks." Say the editors, "We like our stories weird and a little fucked up, with sentences that cut like knives." Beetroot, brought to you by LitBridge, is a biannual mag that recently launched its first issue. The editors "publish work that moves us in some manner." They encourage emerging and established writers to submit. Lastly, if you've got some longer work, do check out Novella-T. The new magazine is "looking for literary fiction between 13,000 and 40,000 words...We have a rolling deadline and are always looking to publish that piece of yours that seems to be a bit too long for other literary journals." Deadline for the inaugural issue is November 30th, so be sure to act quickly. Email submissions to

If you're looking for a way to get a project funded, then you might be interested in According to St. Louis Jewish Light, " allows anyone who wants to fund an arts project the chance to do so by contributing as little as $1...Think Kickstarter, but for local arts groups."

Know who had a cool party recently? According to the New York Observer, erotic lit mag Adult "threw a party at Sapphire Lounge, an infamous Midtown strip club." Observes Lindsay Maharry, "It was weird to see a flock of unconventionally feminist writers in a place busted only a few years prior for a prostitution ring. Yet it is this exact dichotomy—the clash of pornography and high art—that Adult, a female-published magazine, is predicated upon. The effect, for at least one night, was a near-redefinition of Downtown feminism."

If you're looking for some great insights about the web end of your literary magazine, Printer's Devil Review editor Thomas Dodson has written a thorough analysis of Drupal and his own website-building process. Writes Dodson in Case Study, "A magazine lives or dies based on its content–the stories, poems, and essays that make people want to read it and hopefully subscribe. Getting good content depends on contributors making submissions, so the submission system needs to be easy to use and reliable."

Want advice for placing your speculative fiction? The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America has just posted "Lit Fic Mags for Spec Fic Writers 101: Five Things You have To Know." Number one on the list: "You won't get paid much." Searching for some lit mags based in Ireland? Check out this article about "publications that have helped to keep literature alive" in Belfast. And finally, if you're in the mood for a good sinister laugh, be sure to check out the new Facebook page created by writer Meg Pokrass, "What I Did With $25 Instead of Submitting to Narrative Magazine." According to the site, "Donate $25 to your favorite charity instead of submitting to Narrative, and let us know. We'll put a link to your charity on this page."

As for us, when we're not waiting eagerly for our new web hosting plan to be activated (and awesomeness to ensue), we're stuffing our tofurkeys with literary magazines and licking their sticky sweet pages off our fingertips. This week we look at New Letters, of which Erica Borgeson says "the prose tends towards nonconventional" and Threepenny Review, which Joelle Jameson calls "something all writers should subscribe to and read."

Our interview this week features Veda Kumarjiguda, editor of SpliceLit, and one of the sweet smiling faces up there to your right. Our publishing tip this week comes from moi: "Lit Mags & Small Presses Doing Good Works." And our classifieds will change in just a few days, so be sure to enter that Glimmer Train Family Matters Contest; subscribe to that free Winning Writers newsletter; submit to Really System and Twelve Winters Press and so much more.

And that you turkey basters, you gravy thickeners, you huggers of cousins and aunts, you in charge of cranberry sauce, you in charge of bringing the folding chairs up from the basement, you in charge of keeping everyone calm (yeah right) and, you there, standing in the corner and smiling serenely at another year of joy and madness embracing so tightly that it almost looks like strangulation but is really just the nature of true intimacy, is the news in literary magazines.

Have a happy Thanksgiving and/or Hanukkah, you wonderful people.


Interview with Veda Kumarjiguda—Editor of SpliceLit

SpliceLit is "an interactive quarterly literary magazine based on digressions—in every medium." The editors ask artists, writers, and filmmakers to work together on a single story by creating the "themes and images that inspire them." The reader is then encouraged to explore the diversions, in turn adding his/her own voice to the story. The end result is "an entirely new story, spliced by artists, writers, and readers."

Veda Kumarjiguda is one of the founding editors, along with Meagan Steinkamp and Rachel Howard.

Interview by Joshua Medsker

Review of New Letters, Winter 2013 by Erica Borgerson
Conventional (i.e. not experimental), 
Theme issue

Review of Threepenny Review, Fall 2013 by Joelle Jameson
Conventional (i.e. not experimental)


ISSUE 61: Troubled Minds

Phobias, depressions, delusions, compulsions – whether you've imagined or lived with mental illness, transform it with the alchemy of creativity into poems (up to four poems of up to 40 lines each) or stories (up to two stories of up to 2,200 words each). Deadline: 2 December 2013. More information here

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