As you guys know I’ve done quite a few presentations/blog posts etc recently about starting to submit your work. One of the places most writers start is with literary magazines, especially the poets. These are, of course, in print and online. I’ve mentioned quite a few of the online ones I’ve read (like the issue of decomP I’m reading right now), but I also mention some of the print magazines I read and subscribe to. When a participant (or responder) can’t tell me even one magazine they read then I know they are going to have problems joining the literary conversation.
Over the weekend I finished two literary magazines (back issues) that I was not as familiar with so I thought I’d do some mini-reviews here and discuss what, perhaps, we can do to get ourselves more exposed to other magazines out there. First up I finished an older issue of Passages North. I absolutely loved the prose in the issue I read, but I wasn’t as in love with the poetry although I did enjoy the work by Emma Bolden whom I’ve known virtually for a few years now. So, I realized that I enjoyed the literary magazine but it wouldn’t be one I’d submit to in the end.
On the other hand, the back issue of Mid-American Review was right up my alley. This would be a hard one to get into as they publish some really great names (including one of my MFA mentors in the issue I read – Allan Michael Parker), but I am going to add it to my list of places to send my work to later this year. I also found some poets I’d really like to read more work from like Traci Brimhall and Valerie Bundara.
So, I thought it might be fun for anyone who wants to to participate in a literary magazine exchange. I tend to only keep one issue of a literary magazine before I pass off the other copies so I don’t have a lot in the house right now but I did just receive a new issue of Smartish Pace thus I’m willing to part with an older issue.
Why doesn’t everyone post a print literary magazine that they’d like to trade and then once we have the list we can see what everyone might want? I’ll leave this up for a week for discussion. We can also share names of online journals you hope everyone is reading. So share!