For this discussion, I looked into some online publications that I might want to write for.
The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society
http://rpdsociety.com/ (Links to an external site.)
This is a "workshop-based" literary publication that presents new ideas and challenges readers to question commonly accepted ideas. Their slogan is “not for the faint of heart”. They like to publish works that have "out of the ordinary" styles, present readers with questions or debate, and basically "break mainstream rules within their genre".
http://www.self-titledmag.com/ (Links to an external site.)
This is a music magazine that “has nothing to do with music. At least not in the traditional sense of self-important ‘criticism’ and profiles that read like regurgitated press releases.” They do reviews, features, and interviews of lesser-known musicians and answer “the questions others don’t ask”. Their slogan is “Your new favorite music magazine”. So as you can see, they are a bit boastful in their tone, but they have a lot of followers and fans, so they do seem to be pretty credible. They also accept submissions by mail.
http://www.literaryjuice.com/ (Links to an external site.)
This magazine features “fiction and poetry that are clever, bold, and even weird!” or “100% pure originality”. They accept submissions of fiction, flash fiction, pulp fiction, poetry, and even videos of poetry readings for their YouTube in which you can "read your poem, sing your poem, perform your poem, do whatever you want, so long as you adhere to the guidelines.”
I struggled to find publications that met my criteria for being “credible” - I turned down a lot of sites that sounded good because they looked bad. I found Newpages.com to be really helpful in my search for publications. I used the “Calls For Submissions" page and searched the page for the word “online” which helped me to see which publications were online-only. I used the “Calls For Submissions” page because I wanted to find publications that were open to accepting works of others. This led me to finding The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society. I also searched the “Literary Magazines” page and that’s where I found Literary Juice. I also tried Google-searching “online-only magazines”, and I found a list of someone’s “Top 10 Online-Only Magazines” which led me to find self-titled magazine.
These particular publications were intriguing to me because they were unique. Each had its own “edge”, and each seemed to go beyond the “mainstream” types of publications. I loved the way each one looked – the designs were very appealing, and worked well for their types of publications. Both self-titled and The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society provided high quality online magazines through the “issuu” application. I could see myself writing for any of these three publications.
Through this exercise, I became more aware of a variety of sites that I could publish my works in. I urge my fellow writers out there to do the same! Visit http://www.newpages.com and discover many opportunities!
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