When you read the percentage of accepted submissions to major literary reviews, it can be quite demoralizing. Yet I’ve been trolling the internet and have found incredibly mind-altering reviews from top-notch creatives in great numbers that offer, by their sheer numbers, opportunities for your writing to see the light of day.
One such review is named Diagram and its format fits its title to perfection. After playing around with the formatting, which you will assuredly want to do for fun, read the contributor bios here. The index is worth perusing as well
Look at the bottom of the page when reading the works. It is a special form of “related posts’ that gives a reverent nod to works that have come before. A reverence all writers feel knowing the vast great works that have come before they took the pen in hand.
I’m not a neurologist, but I thoroughly enjoyed one piece called “The Mysteries of the Number Seven” I also enjoyed “Think Time” and I’m sure my background in the hard neurosciences came into play when I saw the diagram. Years of receiving legal page copies printed horizontally and bound on the left; hefty booklets filled with x-y coördinates and mapped out for a visual summary of the lessons we were to extrapolate meaning from each day; these all played a sort of mental homecoming for me. Not your style?
Then the beautifully written pieces on the left side of the index are your playground. Enjoy!
On a personal note, “Fire“, by Donald Platt, hit home to me both in its touching simplicity against a time-slip of raging fires of London burning and quiet angst as the war of bone diseases is fought one small puncture hole at a time. I have shot both methotrexate and Enbrel as the poet Dana Roeser had to do. I’ve been on the sidelines of two dear friends, professors in the cut-throat Higher Education, fought cut-throat political wars.
Luckily, no fire has touched my life-as I knock on wood three times, but in the afterword, the poem gives a hint at what you can do in your creative writing forays.
Here is the submission manager to Diagram.
ANMLY is aptly named, and mind-bindingly spelled. Did you read that as “anomaly”? So did I. It took a second look for me to understand its genius. And it deserves a first look from you; you can find it here. Anomaly, as it refers to itself, is a regional literary review with an ever-expanding horizon. In the latest issue, it states: “Original work in English as well as new translations, especially of contemporary Egyptian writing, will be considered. Along with a brief bio, poets should send up to five pieces, and prose writers should send up to two pieces (either short stories or personal essays to firstname.lastname@example.org.” I will be adding more of my favorite reads to this series, but for now, I hope you enjoy these two gems.
Here are some additional links to help you to submit your work:
Literary Magazines and Submitting Sites
- Aji – Home
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- Literary Magazines
- Lit Mag Reviews by Date – November 17, 2014
- BBC – Podcasts and Downloads – World Book Club
- Calls For Submissions
- Big list of writing contests
- ArtsJournal – Sources
- Narrative Magazine | Writers, Fiction, Poetry, Storytelling, Nonfiction, Art
- North American Review | America’s oldest literary magazine
- NewPages Guide to Blogs & Daily News Sites | NewPages.com
- Writers Ask
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