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Paris Review To Host Reddit AMA Interview

If you ever had a burning question about The Paris Review, the literary journal will host a “Ask Me Anything” interview at 3 p.m. EDT today (September 10) on reddit.

As one editor proved by offering literary journal submission advice, the format can be very helpful for aspiring writers. Check out the AMA at this link:

Have a question about The Paris Review? How do the interviews work? What’s our pitch process? Are we a CIA front? Paris Review editors will be hosting a reddit AMA (short for “Ask Me Anything”).

Top Literary Journal Editor Shares Submission Advice

Struggling to publish your stories in literary journals?

One editor who worked at “a top literary journal” fielded a long list of questions at Reddit, giving some practical advice for writers submitting stories to any kind of literary journal or magazine.

We’ve collected some of the best advice below, complete with links and quotes from the interview.

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Los Angeles Review of Books Starts Membership Program

The Los Angeles Review of Books has revealed its new membership program, a range of subscription options that include a book club, bookstore discounts and a printed version of the online journal.

In the encore edition of the Morning Media Menu embedded below, we interviewed founding editor Tom Lutz (pictured, via Lisa Jane Persky). While talking about how the literary journal has grown, he also explained how you can pitch The Los Angeles Review of Books.

Press play below to listen to the interview.

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How To Submit to ‘The Brooklyn Quarterly’

The Brooklyn Quarterly will launch its preview issue on July 17, a nonprofit literary journal publishing fiction, essays, interviews, and poetry.

If you want to submit to future issues, you can email your submissions to to this email address. The launch will include a Kickstarter project and a $25 party for supporters at the Cherry Tree bar in Brooklyn that will include many of the preview issue contributors. Here’s more about the submission process:

You will receive a confirmation of receipt right away, and an editor will contact you within six weeks. We accept submissions year-round. We currently accept unsolicited submissions of non-fiction, poetry, humor, fiction and literary work in translation. Non-fiction pieces may include essays, first-person reporting and other forms of journalism and cultural analysis. For both non-fiction and fiction, we invite submissions of varying lengths — as few as 500 words and as many as 6,000. We also publish excerpts from forthcoming or recently published books. Poets, please limit your submissions to four poems or six pages total. We also encourage writers to contact us with pitches for interviews, dialogues, roundtable discussions, visual materials or ideas for blog content to post between issues.

Journalism & Comics Combine at Symbolia

On today’s edition of the Morning Media Menu, we talked about Symbolia–a new digital magazine that combines journalism and comics.

You can pitch Symbolia a story idea, customizing your pitch as a journalist, an artist or both. AppNewser has more about Symbolia:

Symbolia offers readers a new way to read the news. The self-described “tablet magazine of illustrated journalism” combines reporting with illustration and comics to inform readers of the latest in current events. Each issue has a few stories on current events which are told through comics, audio, graphics, animation, and long-form writing.

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Granta Celebrates Authors Vanessa Manko & Judy Chicurel

Vanessa Manko (left), Susan Minot (center), and Salman Rushdie (right)

Vanessa Manko and Judy Chicurel, two authors featured in a recent issue of Granta, have signed book deals with Penguin. To toast these two authors, the literary magazine threw a party.

The celebration took place at Granta editor John Freeman‘s Manhattan loft on Wednesday night, and brought together a community of writers and editors including: Salman RushdieSean McDonald, Alex Gilvarry, Mohsin Hamid, Nadeem Aslam, and Peter Carey, to name a few.

Manko, whose novel was excerpted in Granta 118: Exit Strategies, sold her novel The Un-American to Penguin through her agent Caroline Michel. The title is slated for publication in spring 2014. Manko, who works as Rushdie’s assistant, spent seven years working on the book. In a toast to the author, Rushdie quipped that she’s going to need to speed things up in the future. Over drinks, Manko explained that her background in dance helped inform her writing as she looked for the cadence in her language. Read more

Make Your Own Literary Magazine

More than 500,000 magazines have been created on Flipboard in the last two weeks as readers share their favorite stories, links and online content. If you want to create a literary journal on Flipboard, simply download the free app and save stories in a personalized magazine within Flipboard.

We created a GalleyCat magazine in Flipboard–look us up if you have the app! You could make your own literary journal, for instance, mixing short stories from your favorite online outlets along with publishing news.  AppNewser has all the details:

News aggregation app Flipboard has updated its iOS app to Version 2 and the update allows readers to curate and share their own personalized magazines. Users can now use the app to “collect and save content into your own magazines,” explains the iTunes update, using a new bookmarklet icon to add items from a browser. These personalized Flipboard magazines can be public or private. If you want to make it public, other people can like, comment and subscribe to your magazines and you’ll get an update when they do. You can also share your creations via email, Facebook, Twitter, and G+.

Harper’s Revives Folio Section with John le Carré Excerpt

Harper’s Magazine has revised its Folio section, printing the first chapter novelist John le Carré‘s A Delicate Truth. The magazine also published Afterword by the great spy novelist.

The series began in 1992 with “Pafko at the Wall” by Don DeLillo. In a publisher’s note, John R. MacArthur shared a bit of history about the Folio section, adding some editorial history about fears for long form writing in magazines. Check it out:

Like many things in the history of Harper’s, Folio was conjured from a mix of editorial vision and practical necessity. When Tina Brown was appointed editor of The New Yorker in June 1992, I assumed she would begin running much shorter pieces. Harper’s response, I told Lewis Lapham, Michael Pollan, and Gerry Marzorati at a hastily organized lunch, should be from time to time to run much longer pieces that might not only satisfy the cravings of frustrated New Yorker readers but also accommodate Harper’s contributors who simply needed more space to say what they wanted to say … We’re still committed to concision, of course, but in this age of web-driven snippets, we believe there’s all the more need for writers to be able to think in depth and at sufficient length to tell complex stories.

LitRagger Brings Literary Journals To iPad & iPhone

Wish you could read your favorite literary journal on your digital devices? LitRagger has recently launched, giving indie journals a chance to publish on Apple devices.

Inside of the app, you can subscribe to Bellevue Literary Review, FIELD, Gulf Coast, Hobart, Prairie Schooner, Salamander, Sycamore Review and Willow Springs. If you are interested in adding your literary journal to the mix, you can contact adam [at] litragger [dot] com for more details.

Here’s more from the company: “Apple’s iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch that is designed specifically for literary journals. Built with the needs of small publishers and university-run magazines in mind, LitRagger simplifies the process of digital publication. No more fancy file types. No more formatting nightmares. LitRagger integrates with the print publishing process you already use, making it easier than ever to put your content on the world’s most popular tablet.”

Write for Thinking Mothers in Brain, Child

Brain, Child is not your typical parenting pub. It’s as much a literary mag as it is a parenting one, so it wants writers who can pen more than the usual service angle of most family mags.

The brainy book recently switched leadership, and its new editor in chief, Marcelle Soviero, said “I’m definitely keeping the major tenants of the magazine, which are that we’re a literary magazine for women and that we publish essays, short stories and a feature article in each issue.”

Soviero also said she hopes to develop a poetry section and expand the book reviews. Bonus: she loves working with new writers.  ”I’ve been that new author. I know what that’s like, and 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,” she said.

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

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