Thursday, June 17, 2010

Literary Magazine Limelight- 34th Parallel

Song of the Day: "You Gotta Be" by Des're

    Hi all! Literary Magazines can be a great way for authors to get published and really start to make a name for themselves. If you're a new writer (such as myself) and you are working on that first novel, and have never been published, you could submit your shorter works to Literary Magazines. Not only do you stand the possibility of seeing your name in print, but you could make a little money on the side. So why not? There are so many magazines out there, so it can be hard to even begin to think about where you should start. I've decided to help you with that! Every week I will feature a literary magazine on my blog to help you stay motivated. I will be doing the hard work, so now you'll have no more excuses! Take a look at this week's Magazine:

In the Limelight this week: 34th Parallel

   What I love about this magazine is that they think we (and by "we" I mean writers) rock! They are really committed to the typical, "This is only my day job," undiscovered writer (That's me!). Here is what the editors said on their site:

"We reckon there are more good writers who are undiscovered than soccer moms at Starbucks.

Where are all these talented people? One guess: You got it! They're at their day jobs!
So if you’re one of them we’re here to tell you there’s no sense agonizing over all this writing nonsense.
If you're up, don't waste your time on worrying, you might as well just write.
But when you’re up at 3:33am rewriting your short story submission, just remember you still have to work the next day. If anyone asks, tell them you had a late night karaoking.
Anyway we think you rock! And at 34thParallel what we’re about is giving you the rock-star treatment—alas without the dollars and the drugs!!
We’re a couple of writers ourselves and we know what it’s like. We both have stacks of rejection letters to our credit too, so you know we'll send you a good one if we can't use your work in 34thParallel.
We want our magazine to be the Rolling Stone of writing where you can be proud to have your work accepted, read, and acclaimed!!
Ultimately, we hope 34thParallel will be your launchpad to bigger and better things.
So that's what we are about. We invite you to submit your best work. Make it something that moves us."

The 34thParallel Editors
Trace Sheridan Swan & Martin Chipperfield

   I must say I was rather impressed by the message from the editors. They accept fiction (stories), poetry, photography, and art. If you're submitting fiction or poetry, submissions should be between 1500 and 3500 words. They want one story or poem at a time. For photography and art they want one image at a time. Simultaneous Submissions are accepted but you must let them know. They didn't say anything about cash compensation, so I am assuming they don't pay you cash. However, they did say that contributors would get a PDF copy of the Magazine. The good thing is that they do not charge a reading fee!

   There you have it. Happy Writing!

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  1. Short stories is a great way to get writing credits! You are so right!

    And that's so neat that you play the flute!!! :)

  2. Thank you, that was extremely valuable and interesting...I will be back again to read more on this topic.