So, the new edition is out. I can't believe how many submissions we got and how good they all were! It was so hard to choose, that this issue ended up being pretty hefty. Thanks to the flexibility that is online publishing, we didn't have a firm page count, so you can bet that I made some extra room for some fantastic work. We have amazing poets in this collection, fantastic prose writers, and beautiful artwork that really brings that 'journey' feeling home. I hope you love this edition as much as I do!
On March first, I found a very interesting email in our box. Duotrope, which many of you writers are familiar with, alerted us that we had been added to their list of publications. I didn't know how to react at first, but the main question running through my head was this: how did they find us? We're a small publication. We've only put out three issues. How did something as big as Duotrope find us and why did they decide to add us to their list?
I thought for sure it was just a small thing, that we'd be included but not really show up or anything. Lo and behold, we started getting submissions after updating our acceptance period.
Our window closes in a eleven days, and we're still receiving submissions. We've gotten a good number already, and the amazing thing is this: we didn't advertise at all. No Facebook calls. No call in CRWROPPS. Nada. But we'll have plenty of selection for this upcoming issue. And it's all thanks to Duotrope.
So thank you, Duotrope. You make our little publication feel like it matters.
Here's to you.
The Winter edition is almost complete! I know spring is near, but this collection is definitely worth the wait. We have some fantastic authors in this edition!
Issue one was a success. Finals are over. Time to get back to work with Lost River. I've decided to run a call for a special Winter edition comprised solely of poetry (it is my specialty, after all). If you have poems that will leave us feeling toasty warm, or bone-cold, send those our way! We want to see beautiful images and musical lines. 'Tis the season, and all that jazz. If you don't have poems you think fit, write one! Give us something gorgeous. And tell your friends about it too--season of giving and sharing and love.
Warm wishes to all!~
After much trial and frustration, issue one was finally converted and uploaded to Issuu (even if there were several issues along the way ;) ). I'll admit that I'm not happy about some compromises I had to make with technology (the photos were supposed to be full-page of picture, instead of sporting that border), but overall, I'm pretty pleased with it. The formatting problems are things we learn to deal with, I suppose.
This process of selecting, arranging, formatting, and publishing has been a challenge, especially when fitting it in with teaching and my own classes, but it was totally worth it. I've learned quite a bit about all of those categories, and I know this experience will only make me a better writer and editor. (Also, maybe it'll help with publishing my chapbook.)
But enough about me. Go read the first issue! If you like it, consider submitting work for future issues, and certainly tell your friends to read and perhaps do the same.
So I get on Gmail just to see if we've gotten a couple of submissions now that our Facebook page is up and we've got some likes and whatnot, and what do I find? Several submissions! Not just a small handful, a heap! I'm so excited to read all of the poetry and the prose selections that make it past Clinton. This magazine is growing so fast! The first issue will come out this fall, so please, submit! We want our first to be strong, to be filled with all kinds of beauty. If you've submitted, share!
Also, I've been way over-maxing my quota of exclamation marks... but can you blame me? It's all just so exciting!
As of Wednesday, August 24, Lost River is officially up and ready to receive submissions! WOO! And we started with a bang too! Check out this sweet ad in The Writer's Chronicle!
We're excited to read the new submissions, so send us your stuff! I can't wait to see all the good writing and put together our first issue.
Welcome to the Lost River blog! I've been working on the site over the summer and have plans to make it live by the end of August, so this is really just me bragging for a moment because the site itself is pretty much finished as of today. There are a few pictures to snag and put up, but otherwise most everything is clean and complete. Woo! It's been a labor of love, definitely, but not as bad as I initially feared. (This is probably because it's been easier for me to work on this site than write more poems towards my thesis. Shh! Don't tell!)
If anyone has stumbled upon this site, I hope you'll drop a comment below and tell me what you think. I'm interested to see how visible this thing is before promotion.
If you've found the site via promotion and are interested enough to read the back blog posts, well, that's awesome too! I hope you like what we're doing here at Lost River and continue to check out the great work we've found and submit your own work to us.