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Posts Tagged ‘Literary Magazines’

Speak to ‘Thinking Mothers’ at Brain, Child

It can be tough to catch the attention of busy editors when you’re a new writer looking to score a byline. Luckily, the editor-in-chief of Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers empathizes. “I’ve been that new author… I always appreciated when magazines would take a chance on me. I like to do that for people, as well, as long as the work is excellent and meets our needs.” said EIC Marcelle Soviero.

Because Brain, Child is as much a literary magazine as it is a parenting one, if you give your pitches a literary bent, you’re more likely to break through. The mag and its website are undergoing some renovations, and are not only open to pitches for every section, but are also hoping to ramp up the book reviews and start publishing poetry.

Read more in How To Pitch: Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers.

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New York Observer Culture Editor Christian Lorentzen Heads to the London Review of Books

New York Observer Culture Editor Christian Lorentzen is heading to London to join the London Review of Books, Adweek reports.

You may know Lorentzen from his semi-notorious piece in 2007 called “The Hipster Must Die: A Modest Proposal to Save New York Cool,” where he makes the important point: “I propose that the only hope for a reanimated bohemia, if not a dezombified hipsterdom, is civil war.”

True that.

Lorentzen joined the Observer in May of 2010, and prior to that was senior editor at Harper’s Magazine. And now he’s moving to London to work for the LRB. Admittedly, FishbowlNY is sort of jealous. There, we said it.

Jezebel’s Sadie Stein to Join Editorial Staff of The Paris Review

Starting next month, Sadie Stein will join The Paris Review and its blog The Daily as a contributing editor.

“Sadians stay tuned!” announced Paris Review editor Lorin Stein in a post today.

Stein (Sadie, not Lorin) has been the fashion and arts correspondent and editor at the Gawker-media owned site Jezebel since 2008.

Literary Magazines Continue to Thrive

The New York Times documents something we here at FishbowlNY have been noticing for some time now: that for all the doomsday predictions for the magazine industry and declining read rates for books, the literary magazine industry is thriving.

Jeffrey Lependorf, executive director of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, indicated that the organization’s membership has more than doubled in the last decade, from 230 to more than 500 publications and small presses.

The Times piece looks at the success of several San Francisco-based literary magazines like The Threepenny Review and McSweeney’s Quarterly, and online start-ups like The Rumpus. But it also mentions a few New York literary magazines, like Canteen Magazine, which has staff members in San Francisco and New York, as well as the indispensible Brooklyn-based Electric Literature.

While some literary magazines have seen success by adapting to, or capitalizing on, the new digital order, others have stuck with the print industry, and owe their longevity to their dedicated subscriber bases and low overhead costs. There seems to be room for both types of literary magazines, which, for the literary community, is a very, very good thing.