Friday, June 6, 2014

Entry # 216 - "Online Journals Are The Future"

Small online journals are a growing trend nationwide. As costs associated with print journals continue to increase, online journals that feature a range of online work: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, humor, podcasts, music, art and videos are the future. Although there are hundreds out there looking for new writers and interesting materials, two such journals that have distinctive styles are examples of this trend: The Atticus Review (east) and A River and Sound Review (west).

Dan Cafaro, Editor & Publisher, and Zoe Henry, Managing Editor of Atticus Review produce an interesting cutting edge weekly journal.

And a river & sound review  Founder, Mgr. Editor, Humor Editor & Live Show Host, Jay Bates and Poetry Editor & President of Operations, Michael Schmeltzer produce a journal that features irregular live podcasts and remind one of A Prairie Home Companion on steroids.

My recent interview with Michael Schmeltzer and Jay Bates appears this week in the weekly interview section of Atticus Review.

While Michael and Jay's responses are edgy, funny, even over the top, they are entertaining. Check it out. Tell them I sent you. Feel free to comment and even send some of your best work to them. The worst you could get is a "no".

Jay Bates (Founder, Managing Editor, Humor Editor & Live Show Host) grew up an innocent in Puyallup, WA during the 1970s and '80s.  He was so innocent that when a girl asked him in the 8th grade if he was a he was a virgin, he said, "No, I'm a Taurus."  As a grown up, he teaches English and writes fiction, humor and sub-par doggerel poetry.  Beyond that, he has been known to use a Sharpie to correct the language on the "Ten items or less" signs found at the grocery store. He still makes his home in Puyallup with his wife, son, daughter, and dog, a yellow Labrador retriever named Ulysses. His work has appeared in The Southeast Review.

Michael Schmeltzer (Poetry Editor & President of Operations) is ready to rumble. Some journals publish his poems (Natural Bridge, Mid-American Review, etc.), many others do not (you'll come around Georgia Review). Most recently he has placed in contests held by Bellingham Review, Water~Stone Review, and Third Coast.  His honors include four Pushcart Prize nominations, the Gulf Stream Award for Poetry, Blue Earth Review’s Flash Fiction Prize, and the Artsmith Literary Award. If you want him to like you, mention any of the following: The Hunger Games, cosplay, writer/director Darren Aronofsky, Final Fantasy, Silent Hill, or simply call him pretty; he's vain like that.   

Looking for Superman in Scotland - Jan Bowman -2013
About Jan Bowman

Winner of the 2011 Roanoke Review Fiction Award, Jan's stories have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, Best American Short Stories, and a Pen/O’Henry award.  Glimmer Train named a recent story as Honorable Mention in the November 2012 Short Story Awards for New Writers.

A recent story was a finalist for the 2013 Broad River Review RASH Award for Fiction, another story was a 2013 finalist in the Phoebe Fiction Contest; another was a 2012 finalist in the “So To Speak” Fiction Contest.  Jan’s fiction has appeared in numerous publications including, Roanoke Review, Big Muddy, The Broadkill Review, Third Wednesday, Minimus, Buffalo Spree (97), Folio, The Potomac Review, Musings, Potato Eyes and others.   She is working on two collections of short stories while shopping for a publisher for a completed story collection, Mermaids & Other Stories.  She has nonfiction publications in Trajectory and Pen-in-Hand. She writes a weekly blog of “Reflections” on the writing life and posts regular interviews with writers and publishers.   Learn more at: or  visit blog:

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