I hope you all participated in the awesome free literary magazine contest Writer’s Relief hosted, took advantage of the super-discounted subscriptions, and are looking forward to a lovely journal coming to a mailbox near you! After a long week of form rejection letters (I’ll talk about some of them later) it was a welcome surprise to learn that I am one of the winners (make sure you check the list! Maybe you’re on it and you didn’t realize!) and am now a free-subscriber to Prime Mincer Literary Journal. It’s a brand new publication that seems to only have one issue thus far–my favorite kind of literary journal to read and to submit to!–so I’m super excited. It’s a print journal that publishes three times a year (March 15th, July 15th, and November 15th). To make it feel like we all won, I solemnly promise to write up a summary review of the first issue as soon as I receive it so you’ll get a taste of whether you want to subscribe yourself or have something that would live happily ever after on its pages. In the mean time, here’s the basic overview:
What They Want: fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry. They “desire first, and foremost, solid, well-crafted and intelligent work, and beyond that are very open minded as far as form and style. Our hope is to push the creative envelope, give artists a place to take risks, and to bring a fresh, modern feel to the world of creative writing. To clarify, this does not mean that we publish only the strange and extraordinary. We love traditional fiction, but want to allow it to breathe and flourish outside of the confines of the creative writing workshop. Prime Mincer is a place to play, explore, create and exhibit, and we invite you to bring your most interesting work forward.”
How They Want It: via submittable (submishmash changed its name).
When They Want It: The deadline for the winter edition is already done (October 1st) but it seems they have rolling acceptance.
Who They Want It From: “Although we plan on publishing established writers, we are excited at the prospect of getting first dibs on new talent, so submit away.” (Meh. I don’t really approve of this selectivity process, especially from new start-up publications who are not affiliated with a university, but it’s a free country so whatever floats your boat. Just don’t make this your first submission ever, in your life, and try to beef up your publication credits before you submit. And here’s an example of my own author’s bio.)
Archives: True, they have not published yet, but they have a few things online to give a flavor of who they are. See here.
Submission Response Time: Unknown.
**Simultaneous submissions are fine (as long as you follow the polite writer rules) but previously published work is not.