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Author: Kimberly Ann Southwick

TOOL KIT: Best Resources for Running A Lit Journal

Last JOURNAL JOURNAL I posted about Submittable and why it’s essential for lit journals. While Submittable is the best friend an editor has, it’s not the only friend. Here are some other great–and perhaps necessary–resources for a lit journal’s tool kit. Gigantic Sequins would not be what it is today or even be possible without most of them. TRELLO Trello is a new addition to the GS tool kit, something we implemented back in November, and at this point, I can’t imagine life without it. Sort of like how intense things were prior to Submittable, how often we rely on Trello now makes me...

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The Days of ‘Respectfully Decline’ and How they Led Here: Submittable as a Tool

When I was in high school, the editors of our lit journal, Demogorgon, would copy submissions into submission “packets”. They would have cool collaged covers, and each piece would be anonymous. Literally, the submissions were photocopies of paper submissions that student writers put into a cardboard box in the library, so the font chosen sometimes lent itself to the conversation. We would talk about each piece at length (one time, it was a transcription of Radiohead lyrics?) and then after our conversation, we would vote. “Who would like to accept this piece for publication?” Hands would raise–or not–and we’d take count....

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The Academy and the Literary Journal: Great Expectations and Hard Times

Next up for JOURNAL JOURNAL, I decided to explore something I know little about—university literary journals! And particularly those run by students at universities that accept work from people outside of their school. These types of journals are typically also associated with a graduate program, though not always. I wound up having a lot to say considering the variety of responses I got from the editors who were generous enough with their time to respond, so we need a sort of cast of characters before we begin. Here’s to whom I spoke & the journals they help to staff: Justin...

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It’s Not a Job: It’s My Life

Being an editor has taught me so much about my own strengths and weaknesses and limits. And I probably do too much already, but the “too much” I do feels so important: emailing venues about reading spaces for contributors and listening to their podcasts and being thrilled by their latest work in a different journal and reading articles about diversity and publishing and motivating those I need to make GS happen to do things, uncompensated. I spend so much of my time, when I’m not working or reading or doing GS work, trying to give back to the community a little of what it gives me.

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Paper and Ink: A Conversation with Katie Raissian of Stonecutter

The first fellow editor I’ve decided to speak with for Real Pants is Katie Raissian, Editor in Chief of her own print literary arts journal, Stonecutter. Katie and I decided once, during a previous conversation, that Gigantic Sequins and Stonecutter were like the journal each of us would put together if were weren’t producing the ones we’re currently producing. Lafayette, Louisiana has six sister cities; its first acquired in 1967 was Le Cannet, France. GS and Stonecutter are, for sure, sister publications. Though the two publications’ differences most likely outweigh their similarities, I wanted to pick the brain of someone...

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A Day in the Life of a Literary Arts Journal Editor

It’s the inaugural post of the column you’ve decided to write about running a lit mag, and you’re trying to think of the best possible way to start. Here’s your first idea: WHAT TO KNOW WHEN DECIDING TO START YOUR OWN LIT MAG You run with this in your head for a while, plotting what you might say, and then you look up other similar columns. There’s one up at The Review Review that catches your eye. It seems to be the standard format, though of “here’s a few reasons why not to start lit mag, and then if...

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