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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]

Tin House Is Available Digitally Via reKiosk

A digital version of the literary journal Tin House is now available via the indie e-commerce site reKiosk. The site is now selling copies of past issues of Tin House, The Writer’s Notebook II, along with the current issue of the publication.

The current issue is all about Brooklyn and Portland. The issue costs $9.99. Here is more about the new issue: “For thirteen years Tin House has been publishing out of both Brooklyn and Portland, Oregon. In the issue: Ursula K. Le Guin, Hannah Tinti, Charles D’Ambrosio, Ben Lerner, Vanessa Vaselko, Adam Wilson, Evan Hughes, and more.”

Writers and bookstores looking for an avenue to sell works digitally should check out reKiosk. AppNewser has more about reKiosk’s new features: “The site now includes the ability to send gift files for free via email. Anytime a user uploads a file, they can give it away to 20 different people by clicking on the gift icon in the user’s catalog. The gift recipients don’t have to be reKiosk members, but they do have to join to download the item.”

The Walrus Relaunches Online Edition

Canadian non-profit publisher The Walrus Foundation has relaunched its online version of The Walrus magazine as TheWalrus.ca. Formerly TheWalrus.com, which won best digital design at the Canadian National Magazine Awards in 2011 and 2012, the new site includes articles from publication as well as exclusive web content like news and videos.

The site, which was designed by Walrus online editor Matthew McKinnon and web developer John Piasetzki, also includes a community aspect such as discussion groups and poetry readings. There is also an e-commerce aspect as users can buy ticket to events, and purchase eBooks and podcasts. The site is optimized for reading on 10-inch tablets and four-inch phones, and its social media-ready.

The magazine is always looking for contributors. Here is more from the site: “If you are a writer interested in contributing to The Walrus, please read the magazine and follow our submission guidelines. Aspiring editors, art directors, developers, and bloggers should have a look at our internship program; advertisers and partners can find dates and rates on our advertising page.”

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Roger D. Hodge Named The Oxford American Editor

Roger D. Hodge has joined The Oxford American as editor.

Hodge’s experience includes more than a decade at Harper’s Magazine where he served as editor from 2006-2010. He is also the author of the book The Mendacity of Hope.

Hodge will discuss his new role on stage as part of the Clinton School of Public Service‘s Distinguished Speaker Series on Wednesday September 19th. This link has the details.

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Barrelhouse Publishes Final Issue of Dark Sky Magazine

Barrelhouse has published Dark Sky Magazine No. 17 on its website, helping the now-closed literary journal release its final issue.

Follow this link to read the whole issue online. Below, we’ve included links to the fiction in the issue. Here’s more from Dark Sky Magazine editor Gabe Durham:

For the last year, Christy Crutchfield, Sarah Boyer, Brian Mihok, Ted Powers, and I have been working the journal together. About a month ago, we completed our most recent issue, DSM #17 and I sent it off to the Founder/Publisher. A week later, he gave me the bad news: Dark Sky was shutting down. In fact, he’d already shut it down. The press too. Bummer. So would we put up DSM #17 on a new site? Call it something different? All we knew was that this issue had to come out. It was too good. We were too excited about it. Then the editors of Barrelhouse stepped in and generously offered to host the issue on their site. The editors and contributors were unanimously in favor of this idea.

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Madavor Media Acquires The Writer Lit Mag

Madavor Media, a niche-focused media company based in Boston, has acquired the literary magazine The Writer, in a deal whose terms were not disclosed. Through the deal, Madavor has gained the rights to the print, web, and digital properties of the magazine from midwestern media company Kalmbach Publishing.

VP/Group Publisher for Madavor Susan Fitzgerald mentioned plans for expansion, stating: “We will continue to deliver the quality and authoritative content readers and advertisers expect, and we intend to take both magazines to new and engaging places.”

In March, The Writer celebrated its 125th year anniversary. The magazine was founded in Boston and was run independently until it was sold to Kalmbach Publishing in 2000. Since then has been run out of the Milwaukee area. Since 2007, Jeff Reich has served as the publication’s editor-in-chief. Authors who have graced the pages of the magazine include: Ray Bradbury, Patricia Cornwell, Jonathan Franzen, Gail Godwin, Pete Hamill, Stephen King, Sinclair Lewis, W. Somerset Maugham, Terry McMillan, Joyce Carol Oates, Anne Perry, May Sarton and John Updike. (Via Sarah Weinman)

Weird Tales Publisher Apologizes for Magazine’s Association with Controversial Novel

In an apology to readers, Weird Tales publisher John Harlacher said the magazine will not feature an excerpt from Victoria Foyt‘s controversial novel, Revealing Eden: Save The Pearls Part One.

Earlier this week, Weird Tales editor Marvin Kaye said the magazine would run an excerpt from the young adult novel that includes some ugly racial stereotypes. io9 wrote a long post collecting the raging debate surrounding the editor’s (now removed) defense of the novel. Here is an excerpt from Harlacher’s statement:

I have not read the novel, but have gone over its online presence today. I have no need to read it. I saw the blackface video and read the excerpts the author and publisher chose to make available. I must conclude that the use of the powerful symbols of white people forced to wear blackface to escape the sun, white women lusting after black “beast men,” the “pearls” and “coals,” etc., is goddamned ridiculous and offensive. It seems like the work of someone who does not understand the power of what she is playing with. Marvin says if you read the whole book, she explains her use of this imagery, and it ends up as a plea for tolerance. I say, so what. And that is the position of Weird Tales — and upon reviewing the video and other materials, Marvin is in full agreement. I deeply apologize to all who were offended by our association with this book. I am offended by it. I fully respect those who have been writing negative things about us today. You are correct.

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Jon Hamm & Lena Dunham Introduce New Yorker App

Mad Men star Jon Hamm and Girls creator Lena Dunham took a kooky turn in a five-minute video introducing The New Yorker‘s iPhone app.

We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think? Hamm plays a sleazy night show host and Dunham plays a disinterested actress, but somehow, they manage to outline all of the new features on the app as well.

All Things D has more about the app: “If you’ve used the New Yorker’s iPad app, then you’ll have a very good sense of what you’re getting here: All of the magazine’s content, along with a small handful of digital goodies, delivered to your device via Apple’s Newsstand. Access is free for print subscribers, or you can buy a digital-only subscription that includes iPad and iPhone access; you can also buy individual issues. Publisher Conde Nast is giving away this week’s edition free, so you can try it out yourself.”

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The New Yorker Acquires Borowitz Report

Comedian and author Andy Borowitz revealed today that The New Yorker has acquired his blog, The Borowitz Report. Starting today, readers will find his satirical pieces at the magazine’s website.

Borowitz joked that editor David Remnick will allow the humorist to write for the magazine as long as “I don’t make fun of Malcolm Gladwell.”

The announcement ended with a serious dedication to the writer’s mother. Here’s more: “if you’ll forgive me, I’d like to say one last thing that’s true. My mom, Helen Borowitz, who died this month at the age of eighty-three, loved The New Yorker all her life and introduced me to it when I was a little boy. Seeing the Borowitz Report at The New Yorker would have made her so happy. I dedicate all my columns to her memory.”

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Electric Literature Launches Free Digital Lit Mag

Digital publisher Electric Literature has launched a new digital literary magazine that will publish one story a week. Recommended Reading is a free online publication, available in ePub, Kindle and through email and Tumblr.

The first issue, which is sponsored by digital literary magazine Shelf Unbound, features a new story by Ben Marcus, with a Single Sentence Animation” by Edwin Rostron. Future guest editors will include Aimee Bender, Jim Shepard, and Nathan Englander.

The idea for Recommended Reading was born out of a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $18,000 to help pay writers. Trying to get out of the algorithm-based recommendation engines that dominate online, authors and editors will make personal recommendations for the stories to be featured in the new pub. Read more

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