List: 10 Reasons to Invest in Print Lit Mags

SAM_1135Carve Magazine, one of my favorite on-line literary magazines, is about to launch a print publication to promote their mission.

From their website… “Carve is named in honor of Raymond Carver, short story artist and master of the ‘minimalist’ form, though his later works espoused a longer, more detailed style. We admire this dyad, as we strive to publish fiction that is both concise and generous. Above all, Carve, like its namesake, is honest fiction.”

And Carve itself is both concise and generous. On-line, you can read three or four short stories in each quarterly issue. Reading a Carve on-line issue is manageable in one sitting with a bowl of soup or a pot of tea. It’s free. They share their archives, as well. This adds up to about twelve stories a year that have received careful editorial engagement. In fact, one of the qualities that makes Carve generous is their editorial stance which is rare in today’s market.

From their mission statement: “In addition, we take special pride in our editorial process. While we cannot send a unique response to every submission, we certainly try. We offer notes and critiques on stories that we feel are nearly aligned with our vision while noting that ultimately selections are subjective and varied.”

Another service offered by the generous staff at Carve is their annual Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. About $3,000 is prize money is awarded each year to 5 lucky and talented writers. In addition, they’ve arranged for the Rees Literary Agency to read the work of all 5 winners!

Another thing I like about Carve is that they like me. A story of mine recently placed in the contest. Within days, I have been completely enveloped into the Carve community with great warmth and support. After sharing an interview with editor Matthew Limpede (to be published in their new print edition, I am more excited about being part of a literary community than I am about the actual prize.

Many journals are adding an on-line feature to enhance their well-established print journal following. Hunger Mountain is an example of a journal who has joined the digital age while maintaining excellence in both forms. Carve is doing the reverse. How courageous! What renegades!

Like Raymond Carver, whose work is both concise and generous, Carve demonstrates how you can have your cake and eat it, too. Read on-line. Read in print.

Join the fun. Be a Carve supporter and honor the legacy of one of our foremost leaders in the craft, Raymond Carver. Subscribe to their Premier Print Edition today!

Besides helping to spread the love, here are some practical reasons to support print Lit Mags in the digital age.

10 Reasons to Invest in Print Lit Mags

1.)  You can take a print Lit Mag to remote places where the World Wide Web cannot find you. I live in Vermont. I find myself in such places all of the time. If you don’t, get in the car and come on up.

2.)  Most Lit Mags fit more easily into a backpack or a beach bag than a laptop. And, you can lie on your back, or in a hammock and comfortably prop your journal to shield your eyes against the sun.

3.)  If you accidentally sit on your backpack while resting on a rock, or your kid chucks her half-sipped juice box into your bag, a print Lit Mag won’t break or be as difficult to restore as a Smart Phone or E Tablet would.

4.)  You can read print Lit Mags in the bathtub without the fear of electrocution.

5.)  If they are well cared for, they last longer than a battery charge.

6.)  They’re becoming old-fashioned and vintage is hip.

7.)  You can flip through pages, smell the pulp, caress the grain. Warning: This may enhance pleasure in the consumer.

8.)  People who work for print Lit Mags love that they work for print Lit Mags and like it when other people love them, too. Support people who are happy at work. In general, support happiness. It’s the wave of the future.

9.)  You can have more than one or two Lit Mags spread out on your desk at a time and still read the print. Or, you can pile a variety by the tub, which broadens your ability to choose exactly what kind of story you want to read in any given moment. This supports the “grab-and-go” culture, or in my case, the “grab-and-soak.”

10.) If you buy an old attic vent painted chartreuse because you thought it looked cool in a vintage way, you now have something to do with it.

Join the conversation. Add to the list….