The new online issue of Swink is available for your reading pleasure. The theme is Taking Sides, and the editors have announced:
Second, this theme issue is our last—Swink’s online edition is changing its format! We’re dispensing with the themes, adding three new departments, and gearing up to publish new work every week.
Our new departments are as follows:
Dead Letter Office.
This department features letters that won’t be sent: letters that say what you wish you’d said but didn’t, what you want to say but can’t, what needs to be said but never will be—except here. At an author’s request, submissions can be published anonymously.
There are a million stories in the naked city—in any city: tell us stories about yours. The feud between your neighbors, the ugliest tree in your favorite park, the girl who sat across from you on the subway, your obsessive-compulsive real estate broker, your transvestite Tupperware saleswoman, the conversation you overheard at the grocery store, the last customers at the all-night diner, whatever goes by the window that makes you look closer.
Comic essays, riffs and follies, from low-brow to high concept.
And, as always, we’ll publish:
Stories of all stripes. Excerpts of forthcoming novels and story collections welcome.
Nonfiction that doesn’t fit squarely into one of our three nonfiction categories. Excerpts of forthcoming literary nonfiction books and essay collections welcome. Scholarly essays are not.
Featuring up to five poems by each contributor.
We hope this inspires you to submit work to Swink’s online edition in the near future, and to spread the word to fellow writers. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
- Originally from Vermont, I now live in North Carolina. My work can be found in recent issues of REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, The Jabberwock Review, The Emerson Review, Storyglossia, The MacGuffin, Confrontation, Passages North, SmokeLong Quarterly, elimae, wigleaf, and Pank, among others, and forthcoming from Gargoyle #57 and REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters. One of my stories has been translated into Farsi by Asadollah Amraee, and many others by Jalil Jafari, two of which have been published in the Iranian journal, Golestaneh Magazine. For two years I worked as an assistant editor for Narrative Magazine. Currently, I serve as a mentor for Dzanc's Creative Writing Sessions. I'm working on two novels and a short story collection. In May, I was awarded the Carol Houck Smith Contributor Scholarship for the 2011 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.