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How do you keep a non-profit literary magazine going for eight years? Ask the co-founders of ‘Spark’

scroll.in – Friday March 30, 2018

When Anupama Krishnakumar and Vani Viswanathan started the online literary magazine Spark in January 2010, they weren’t sure how many issues they would be able to put out into the world. In January 2018, they celebrated eight years of the magazine and in April, their 100th issue will be released.

Putting out a literary magazine every month for eight years has its challenges, especially when running it alongside professional and personal commitments. Each month, the magazine focuses on a theme, ranging from “Navarasas” to “Life Online” to “Shopping”, features writing across genres and is freely available to read without advertising or a subscription fee. In an interview with Scroll.in, the co-founders spoke about their individual understanding of how the magazine has survived, the practical approach to running a non-commercial venture, how they choose what submissions to feature, the pressures of multiple responsibilities, and the changes in creative writing online.

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Sean Penn Tries Writing

nationalreview.com – Thursday March 29, 2018

I’ll be the first to concede that I am sometimes — in the spirit of KDW and WFB — prone to a bit of sesquipedalian ostentation. Some call it legerdemain; some call it shtick. And, to be honest, sometimes it is shtick, but at least the reader is in on it. Anyway, I bring this up without apology, simply to head off the lazier charges of hypocrisy. But also to introduce some of the worst writing I’ve seen in a while, even if it is intended to be an homage to Thomas Pynchon.

Sean Penn has written a novel. Claire Fallon, over at the Huffington Post’s U.K. encampment, has done the heroic work of reading it. She’s posted excerpts:

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday March 28, 2018

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews
Areas include: Arts; Culture; Literature; Philosophy; Short Stories; Translations
Markets: Adult
Preferred styles: Literary

Online literary journal publishing literary fiction and nonfiction, reviews, poetry, art and photographic essays. See website for submission guidelines.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday March 28, 2018

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas include: Culture
Markets: Children's
Preferred styles: Contemporary

Publishes picture books and narrative nonfiction focused on diversity for 4 to 8 year olds up to 500 words (prefers 200-400 words). Particularly interested in contemporary writing with modern-day settings, especially if they feature Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic families. Publishes almost exclusively authors of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

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Canceled Deals and Pulped Books, as the Publishing Industry Confronts Sexual Harassment

nytimes.com – Tuesday March 27, 2018

Elizabeth Rusch’s picture book about Mario Molina, the Mexico-born chemist who won the Nobel Prize for his work studying the destruction of the Earth’s ozone layer, was a decade in the making. It took her nearly 30 drafts to get it right, and she was thrilled when the children’s publisher Charlesbridge acquired it in 2013. The book was finally due out next month.

Then, news broke that the book’s illustrator, David Diaz, had been accused of sexual harassment. Worried the book would be clouded by the controversy, Charlesbridge decided to postpone publication of “Mario and the Hole in the Sky,” pulp the finished copies and hire a new illustrator.

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9 tips for writing your own murder mystery, from a published author

cosmopolitan.com – Monday March 26, 2018

So, you’ve got a great idea for a murder mystery novel – what do you do next? Writing a book can feel daunting, but if you're dead set (wahey) on writing a thriller, AJ Waines, number one bestselling author on Amazon, shares the inside know-how on getting that brilliant story out of your head and on to the page below.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday March 26, 2018

Publishes: Poetry; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary; Traditional

Publishes rhymed verse in traditional forms, with an occasional piece of blank or free verse. Poems must be original, unpublished, and not under consideration elsewhere. Send submissions by post with SASE if return required (not necessary if email response is sufficient). No submissions by email unless from outside the US.

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Get lit(erary): Why writing drunk could save your grade

dailycal.org – Saturday March 24, 2018

One thing I appreciate about being a copy editor is never having to face the dreaded writer’s block — all of the content I’m working with is already finished and ready for me to edit when I show up at the Daily Cal office. I may face a momentary pause as I contemplate what the most appropriate headline might be for a piece or how to fit all the critical information into a photo caption, but I’m never left sitting for hours unsure of how to continue my writing or even how to start or what to write about in the first place.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday March 23, 2018

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry
Areas include: Short Stories
Markets: Adult
Preferred styles: Contemporary; Literary

Magazine of contemporary fiction and poetry, aimed at a UK audience. Submit up to six poems or up to one piece of fiction by email as attachments. No previously published material or simultaneous submissions. See website for full guidelines.

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Why You Should Write for Free

lifehacker.com – Tuesday March 20, 2018

If you want to write for a living, you should write for free. Hell, if you already do write for a living, you should write for free. And that free writing should be some of your best work.

Unless you’re already famous for something else, you’ll write for free before you write for money. And if you try to make it your living, you might spend the rest of your life trying to make your paid writing look more like your free writing. Here’s the writing you probably should do for free, and the writing you probably shouldn’t:

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