Literary MagNet

From the November/December 2010 issue of
Poets & Writers Magazine

After fourteen years of editing Pleiades (, the biannual journal published by the English department at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Kevin Prufer has stepped down as editor—although he will remain on the masthead as editor-at-large. Taking the helm are Wayne Miller, author of The Book of Props (Milkweed Editions, 2009), and Phong Nguyen, whose short story collection, Memory Sickness, is forthcoming next summer from Elixir Press. They are currently accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, and essays through May 15, 2011.

Vanderbilt University in Nashville recently launched Nashville Review (, an online journal to be published three times a year, featuring poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comics, songs, and films. The fall issue includes an interview with Jesse Ball and nonfiction by Heather Sellers. Writers may submit poetry and prose via the online submission manager.

Sycamore Review (, the twenty-one-year-old biannual journal published at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, now accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, and essays via its online submission manager only; the current submission period runs through March 31, 2011. Visit the newly revamped Web site for complete guidelines.

Proving that lit mags can survive the e-reader revolution, One Story ( publisher Maribeth Batcha reports that, a year after releasing its Kindle edition, the magazine has seen a steady increase in both print and digital subscriptions, with several thousand readers signing up for the electronic version. Those interested in receiving either edition of the eight-year-old journal are offered a free trial period to decide.

The fall issue of the Oxford American ( features The Future of Fiction: Visions from 2050, a special section in which eleven storytellers “probe our all-too-human desire to ascertain what is to come: sexually active nonagenarians, happy pills, viral false information, and deleted childhood memories.” Writers looking to submit to future issues of the Oxford American should keep in mind that the editors consider poetry, fiction, and nonfiction only from or about the South. Visit the Web site for guidelines

The Awakenings Review (, an annual journal in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, that publishes poetry and prose by writers who either suffer from mental illness or have been affected by the mental illness of a family member or friend, is marking its tenth anniversary. While the editors prefer that writers be willing to write about their experience of mental illness, for most issues that does not have to be the focus of submissions.

As a companion to Fairy Tale Review (, the five-year-old annual journal published in Tucson, Arizona, founding editor Kate Bernheimer recently released Songs for Fairy Tales, a CD featuring “fairy-tale inspired” music ranging from “haunting lullabies to catchy pop songs.” The journal’s submission period is currently closed, but Bernheimer will be accepting works of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, and screenplays that are “imbued with fairy tales” for the Grey Issue early next year.

Speaking of audio, the four-year-old monthly magazine Bound Off ( is looking for short stories. Although all accepted submissions will eventually be converted to podcasts, editors Ann Rushton and Kelly Shriver prefer to “evaluate manuscripts the old-fashioned way,” via e-mail: