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News – April 25, 2020

“Borders, Boundaries, and Belonging” is the theme of the inaugural issue of Multiplicity, the literary magazine of the Master in Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction at Bay Path University.

Each of the 22 writers featured in this issue — 18 essayists and four poets — has written a brief statement about life during the COVID-19 pandemic, reflecting on their own work in light of the new reality. These statements accompany the writer’s work.

“Millions of people are sheltering in place at home, turning to art and literature and music online for inspiration and community, myself included,” said Leanna James Blackwell, director of the MFA in Creative Nonfiction at Bay Path University and editorial director of Multiplicity magazine. “My co-editors and I felt that Multiplicity — online, free and filled with real-life stories and poems from great writers of all backgrounds — could make a genuine contribution to readers looking for connection in this deeply uncertain time.” – July 15, 2020

Publishes romantic stories that include a central love story and emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending. In addition to novels, we publish novellas, novelettes, and short stories. We are currently accepting short stores (450-550) words to be published in our monthly newsletters and anthologies of short stories. Anthologies will be sold for a profit, and the authors will receive a portion of the royalties that is typically given to a single author, which is 25%. – July 14, 2020

Looking for a wide range of nonfiction submissions and would like to develop a fiction list with new authors, including accessible literary fiction and crime titles. – July 13, 2020

Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan have relaunched their competition for unpublished writers.

The winner of the competition, which has been run in previous years, will see their manuscript published.

Madeley said: “Across a wide range of genres, including crime, historical, romance or contemporary, we want to hear your stories and give one talented writer the joy of seeing their novel in print.

“We know how testing the last few months have been for everyone, so if you’ve been motivated to write – or just want to dust off that manuscript in your bottom drawer – send us your submissions.”


A vibrant new wave of Irish literary journals are offering insights into contemporary trends as well as giving new ideas and new writers an audience

Do you remember the good old days? Back in your youth when the summers were longer, we had the best music and fashions, and life was so much sweeter, despite the world’s problems? Can you conjure up those glory days gone by, and set them down in emotion-provoking, elegant, or humorous prose?

If you can write articles that give the reader “roses in December,” you stand a good chance of selling nostalgia themed stories to magazines, websites, and blogs that publish and pay for them. Nostalgia never goes out of style. As every new generation grows up and transitions into middle age, it looks back fondly on its youth.

Whether you were young in the 50s and 60s, the 70s, the 80s, or the 90s, you’ll find magazines, websites, blogs, TV and radio channels, social media groups, clubs, associations and societies — many of which have newsletters in need of fresh content — dedicated to nostalgia for the lifestyle, music, fashion, language, personalities, and atmosphere of those times. All of these offer potential opportunities for the freelance writer. If you want to write for magazines, you could start with Nostalgia MagazineReminisce, or The Good Old Days in the USA, and Best of BritishThe People’s FriendThe Oldie, or This England in the UK.

Australia’s literary journals are produced in a fragile ecosystem propped up by a patchwork of volunteer labour, generous patrons and, with any luck, a small slice of government funding.

The Sydney Review of Books, the Australian Book Review and Overland were among a group of publications who sought four-year funding from the Australia Council in 2020 but were unsuccessful.

These publications join the ranks of many others – among them Meanjin and Island – defunded by state or federal arts funding bodies in recent years.

Little literary magazines come and go. Shi’r was here one decade, gone another. So too Tin House, Souffles, The Partisan Review, and Black Clock. Indeed, author Nick Ripatrazone went so far as to write last year that “Literary Magazines are Born to Die.” He didn’t mean it as a bad thing, but rather that we should recognize they have a life cycle and pay tribute to our literary ancestors.

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