Online literary journals are abundant on the web, but for some reason can be difficult to find. I’ve gathered together in one place 10 links to different literary journals that have been featured in the last 3 months or so here at A Bunch of Wordz. These literary magazines often feature poetry, short stories, articles, nonfiction, book reviews, and more.
Readers will want to click on the main page, while links to the call for submission guidelines have also been provided for writers looking to submit their work.
To see even more online literary journals and submission guidelines, see my previous post Online Literary Journals 1.
Sometimes sudden fiction blurs the line between the short short story and poetry. Walking Upside Down, John Ravenscroft’s previous winner of the Storycove Flash Fiction Award, is one such piece. Personally, I think this would read better as a long poem than a flash fiction story, but no matter how it’s presented, there’s no denying it’s a fantastic piece of writing. It starts out:
“In my dreams, the good ones, Mary Iris McCormack – Mim for short – is forever doing handstands, her knees bent, her feet planted flat against the redbrick playground wall. The skirt of her school uniform hangs like a soft green bell about the half-hidden clapper of her head, and when she turns to face me I see strange, knowing, upside-down eyes…”
You can read the flash fiction story “Walking Upside Down” in its entirety at the online literary journal, Word Smitten.
So what do you think? Is it a story or is it a poem?
I read a lot of poetry I don’t like. Some days I get lucky and find something good right away; other days, I have to plow through a mountain of bad poetry in my search for that one poem that will bring a smile to my lips. Today was one of those “mountain of bad poetry” days, but I finally found what I was looking for. It’s a short poem called Someone Else’s Things by Ann Alexander, and it appears at Magma Poetry Online. Take a moment to click through and read it.
Okay, I wasn’t even sure I liked this online magazine upon first perusal, but now it is quickly becoming one of my favorites. It’s quirky, strange, a little silly, and perhaps an acquired taste, but one I’ve now grown to love.
Don’t miss the poem by Marilyn Letts called No Third Date at Feathertale.com. The last line/last reason for not having a third date was the best and had me chuckling.
Thank you to Justin Hyde for sending me an email and turning me on to the online poetry journal, The Orange Room Review. (Yes, I am getting some emails, but I’m not sure if I’m getting all emails, so if you’ve sent me one and think I’m ignoring you, I probably didn’t receive it. Or possibly I actually am ignoring you and using this as an excuse. 😉 ) Anyhoo…
Justin has another exceptional poem (I don’t think he writes any other kind) published in the current edition called she told me her mother slept with a revolver. This is one of those poems where an excerpt wouldn’t do it justice — you have to read it as a whole to get the full impact, so go click on the link above.
Interestingly and coincidentally, the current issue also features a poem by Zachary Bush who was just featured in a recent post here at A Bunch of Wordz. The poem is called My First Week at the Boys Boarding School.
Also, check out Before Dawn by Elliot Richard Dorfman. I like the rhythmic flow he achieved in this short poem and the way he put his words together to convey a certain kind of feeling to go along with what he had to say. Here are a few lines:
“In the dark, the mellow chimes
of my clock strike the hours.
I feel serene and transfixed in a world that
seems to be mine, alone.”
I know I have a few regular readers who are writers themselves, so I thought it worth mentioning that the turnaround for submissions at this magazine is unusually fast at between 1 and 14 days — good news if you’re looking for a quick response to your poetry submittal.
This is from a poem is called Hard Labor by Rebecca Lu Kiernan and appears in a 2005 edition of the literary journal, Off Course:
“I would crawl over uncharted shipwrecks,
Frozen tundra, rip tides,
To touch you in the dance
Of bent cobalt willows
Tremulous in the grey December rain.
I would walk the fractures
Of thinly frozen lakes
To taste you
In the cotton candy pink light
Of the year’s final sunset.”
Go here to read the rest of this poem or see other poems written by the same author.
Here is an exerpt from the current edition — a poem called Fashion Secretaries by Chris Crittenden:
“smiles that tilt like teapots
steeping words in fluff,
red and apple-sexed,
limber when pursed.”
Go here to read the rest of Crittenden’s poem and other poetry by this author.
Lyn Cannaday’s work has been featured on this blog before. She’s a talented writer, and I’d like to do my part to help her get exposure. She recently had a poem published at poeticdiversity called Two Random Moments. Here’s an excerpt:
“My heart tripped on the history of tuffets and cheap horror films
Where cameras magnify tiny bodies.
Then I paused and saw the petite, dark body
delicately balanced at the center of those questing legs
like a dancer flowing gracefully across the stage of my sweaty arm”
Visit the above link to read the entire piece.