One of the missions of The Geeky Press is to find, share and write about the people who are working on small or independent projects that oftentimes fall under the radar. We curate books and long-form writing as well as literary magazines. This week, I spoke with Julie Larson, the Fiction Editor at Blotterature Literary Magazine.
What’s the elevator pitch:
Blotterature is blue-collar chic, the gritty and the refined all wrapped up in one. We emphasize the importance of creating and promoting a strong writing community through publications, contests, and events.
What’s the guiding force behind Blotterature:
Running a literary journal must be a labor of love because there is no money being made here. We are affiliated with The Literary Underground which serves as a mentor, promoter, and friend to Blotterature.
What kind of writing appears within your pages:
Blotterature seeks the nontraditional mixed with craft, detail, and process. Well-developed with an edge. Experimental but not aimless. Something with political intentions or just there to entertain.
- fiction and creative nonfiction (4,000 words)
- poetry (1-3 poems)
- art, and
- literary reviews
How does your editorial process work:
Blotterature sends a call for submissions to several lists that we personally use when looking for a place for our own work. At this point, we do not solicit work from writers.
Typically, when I read submissions I first look for a great opening and then a strong story line. I like a mix of edgy, subtle, and dense writing in the journal so it appeals to all readers. I am a stickler when it comes to using vernacular in a story. It’s apparent when it is not researched well because stereotypes emerge.
Creative nonfiction works pretty much the same, but Michelle likes a lot of humor and the edgy side of writing. Our poetry editors have a system that first weeds out the “not really poetry” from the pile. They print out everything and vote by indicating with a no, eh, or yes. Pretty simple. After final decisions have been made, we each go through our genres for copy edits.
Our questions are lame. What do you want to tell the world:
Other than we are really cool people and we are doing as much as we can for writers? Well, we are coming up with new ways to engage the writing community. We now have the 50 Words for $50 Contest and Blot Lit Reviews which provides visibility and promotion for all writers. We are learning as we grow, so we will tweak things as we move forward.
Okay, what things should we be reading that we probably aren’t:
- The Newer York: They work out of someone’s kitchen too. They are doing great work.
- The Literary Underground: Check out their website. There is a plethora of information and links to affiliated journals.
- Wang Ping, Stuart Dybek, Galway Kinnell, Karl Koweski, and Samantha Irby’s “Bitches Gotta Eat” Blog