Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Call for Submissions and Copy Editor (unpaid): Blue Lyra Reveiw

New literary journal called Blue Lyra Review is currently open for Fall & Spring submissions. We are an online journal but we will print an annual best-of issue. beginning Dec 2013.

Our aim is to bring together the voices of writers and artists from a diverse array of backgrounds, paying special homage to minorities including Jewish writers and those from communities that are historically underrepresented in literary magazines.

Profits earned from this will be donated to the charities listed on our Web Site.

You can submit poems, nonfiction, fiction, artistic images, or translations through Submittable.

We’re interested in 500 – 4,000 word (maximum) personal essays, memoirs, creative non-fiction which have a strong story at its core, and where the author shows up on the page with passion, a personal stake, or meaningful reflection. Sorry, but essays over 4,000 words will not be reviewed. We are open to all topics but are especially interested in nature- or Jewish-oriented pieces. Make sure your submission has your contact information (name, address, phone number, email) on the attached (brief) cover letter ONLY. Please do NOT have any identifying information on any page of your submission except the cover page!

While poetry is full for issue 1.2, please begin submitting for Spring issue 2.1! Whether narrative or lyrical or experimental or prose poetry, we are simply looking for something that moves us. Please attach 3-5 poems at a time in a single file with a .doc, .docx, or .pdf extension, and put your name and poems in subject line (Silverman – poems). Don’t send just one poem unless it’s a long poem (more than three pages). We want to get a sense of your style as a writer, and one poem is not enough to do this. Make sure your submission has your contact information (name, address, phone number, email) on the attached (brief) cover letter ONLY. Please do NOT have any identifying information on any page of your submission except the cover page! Type the titles of your poems, separated by commas, in the Title box.

The most important thing is that it needs to be based more on truth than experimentation for experimentation’s sake. It can be light or it can be serious, but for it to be worthy, it must reflect life, with some fundamental human idea. Fiction should be organic and natural, and accept its premise (whatever it may be) without a wink or a nod. We’re currently looking for works that thrum on all cylinders and that are confident in a unique way. We’re interested in solid stories with weight, regardless of length (anywhere from 200 to 7,500 words). Send your submissions in .doc or .docx format with your contact information (name, address, phone number and email address) on your (brief) cover letter. Please make sure that you put the word count on the first page of the submission or in the cover letter! Please do NOT have any identifying information on any page of your submissions except the cover page. You may submit 1-3 micro pieces, but any pieces 500 words or longer must be submitted alone.

We are looking for translations that read as if they were originally written in English, rather than as "translations." We especially prize translations that "honor" the music of the original text. In addition, translators should choose poems of high literary merit. We consider previously unpublished translations of poetry from any language. Submissions should include 3-6 poems, and should include both the original and the translation. Biographies of both the author and translator should be included in a cover letter, as well as a short paragraph on the process of translating these particular poems and/or why this particular author was chosen. Translators are expected to have acquired copyright permission to publish (online and in print) the original poems, if they are not in the public domain, BEFORE submitting.

Simultaneous submissions to other literary journals are okay, but please do not send more than one submission until you have received a response to your first submission.

Send original, unpublished material only.

JOB OPENING: We are looking for a web editor and copy editor—hopefully a Web & Copy Editor rolled into one to manage layout, fix any problems that arise, and add post content (poetry, nonfiction, art, fiction, interviews, etc.) for each issue, as well as to maintain the website (keep information up-to-date). After the web editor receives the content to add to the website, we hope he/she can accomplish this within 2 week time frame with issues being released 3 times per year.

If a candidate is talented and ambitious and would like to revamp the web design, that is welcome (but not necessary). This, like all positions here are volunteer positions.

**Some HTML knowledge preferred.
**Must have done web editing in some capacity before. We use WordPress for our website. It’s pretty easy. We are not married to this and would be open to change.
**Must be fairly good at grammar and formatting.
Application Materials:

**A very brief letter explaining your past experiences editing and designing websites with any links to websites you’ve worked on in the past.
**Send all application materials to:

 bluelyrareview(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending email). Put “Web/ Copy Editor Position” in the subject line of your email.

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