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April’s Lit Mag Spotlight is shining on critically acclaimed literary magazine, Literal Latté.
Literal Latté debuted in June 1994 and offered 30,000 printed copies of its “literary brew” free in the coffeehouses and bookstores of New York City. These days, Literal Latté is entirely online, still FREE, and remains committed to finding and nurturing great writing talents. Enjoy!
CONTEST: Leave a comment on this blog post by April 22 to enter to win your choice of a T-shirt (pictured below) or a copy of their anthology, Literal Latté: Highlights From Fifteen Years of a Unique “Mind Stimulating” Literary Magazine. This contest is now closed. Congratulations to our winner Andree! Thank you to all who participated!
Twenty years ago we set out to offer a free paper that served up literature, thereby making poems and stories as popular as cappucino or latte. For ten years we distributed the tabloid newsprint editions in the coffeehouses and bookstores of New York City–six times per year, 30,000 copies per issue. Now we can be free to the world online.
Describe your ideal submission in 15 words or less.
One word: Great.
Tell us about a piece you recently published that got the staff really excited. Why did you love it? Why did it strike a chord?
We get excited about everything. I don’t want to pick just one piece. We aim for a variety of styles and subjects and flavors, and we get excited about different ones for different reasons. I don’t want to choose apples over kiwi or lime. I want readers to taste them all.
Regarding submissions: What’s the most common turnoff that you encounter (in terms of craft)?
It is frustrating to get something that is messy. I don’t mean coffee stains. I mean work that hasn’t been polished or finished properly. I will overlook one or two mistakes, typos, etc. But it is hard to care for something riddled with errors.
What’s the most common oversight (in terms of submission guidelines)?
Forgetting to include your contact info. How can we contact you and let you know we are interested, if you don’t put a phone number or email.
Why is your journal awesome?
I am so glad you think it is awesome–thanks! We like to think it is because we offer such fantastic entertainment free of charge and help new writers get a start in the big, tough publishing world. You don’t need to subscribe: just visit our site often, tell everyone you know about it, and post everywhere you can about it, so that your friends can get addicted to our words and stimulate their minds free of charge.
Where can readers find your submission guidelines?
On our website. You’ll find guidelines for general submissions and five contests.
CONTEST: Leave a comment on this blog post by April 22 to enter to win your choice of a T-shirt or a copy of their anthology, Literal Latté: Highlights From Fifteen Years of a Unique “Mind Stimulating” Literary Magazine. This contest is now closed. Congratulations to our winner Andree! Thank you to all who participated!
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