We are very pleased to announce that Claire Polders has won he Best Microfictions Award for 2021. Her story “Stella is” was published as part of the “Jane Doe” supplement from our sister press, The Mambo Academy of Kitty Wang. A Zoom reading of “Jane Doe” was hosted earlier this year by Nancy Stolhman, and we hope to have it posted on our site soon. Thank you to the judges, the participants, and of course to Claire Polders. Congratulations!
Our Water issue, has mailed out for June 1st 2021 delivery. The very lovely cover art and end papers (yes, an issue with end papers) is by the talented Roberta Warshaw. The stories inside are amazing. The issue runs a little long at 24 pages, rather than our usual 20, and every story is a gem. Writers you may recognize, and others you may not. Please consider subscribing if you have not done so already. We thank everyone who sent in their work, and everyone who chipped in time or money. It means the world to us that people care.
Doug & Sally
Lit Mag News! Becky Tuch of Lit Mag News was kind enough to give Blink-Ink avery great and insightful review. Big thanks to her for sure, but seriously look into her newsletter, lot’s of good stuff.
Blink Ink is a nifty little magazine. It comes in stapled pages, which I absolutely love, evoking as it does the punk-rock cousin of literary magazines: the zine. Issue 43’s cover features what I interpret as an extremely fed-up robot. She appears in a pastel palette that reminds us that, grudges and aggravations aside, spring is finally on its way.The inside cover also features some cool surreal art (a robot walks through an icy world where one red tree blazes). And the pages within are a delightful hot pink.The theme of the issue is Lost and Found, and all of the pieces, which appear to be no longer than 50 words or so, touch on this theme. Writers describe losing loved ones, finding new career paths, losing wedding rings, finding one’s white privilege. The pieces are charming and you can soak them up in a blink.The editors of this sweet little magazine say, “What we love most is writing that has found that preternatural detail of thought or thing that cracks the story open and allows it to matter or to reveal a truth.” Submissions should be about 50 words.** Sooo, Great time to submit! Great time to subscribe! **
Issue #43 of Blink-Ink, our “Lost and Found” issue, has been released. Everyone should receive their copy on or before March 1st, 2021. It is an amazing and stellar little masterpiece, and look what else you will receive. There is the issue itself with truly great artwork form Maiya Winter, and from our sister press, The Mambo Academy of Kitty Wang, there is “Oven Mitt” (Too Hot to Handle) with art work by both Julian Wong and Claire Ibrra. Also, it may not sound like much, but there is a cool Blink-Ink bookmark with our new Tree of Life logo. We will post the who’s who of our contributors shortly. If you are not a current subscriber, or want to pony-up for another round please use the PayPal feature on our site. Subscribing is cheap, it’s easy, and there has never been abetter time.
Coming we have something very special. January 23rd @ 2:30 pm EST there will be a reading by the authors included in “Jane Doe”, the insert from Kitty Wang that went our with our “Mercy” issue in December. Scheduled readers include Claire Polders, Nancy Stohlman, Jesse Coley, Meg Tuite, Sally Reno, and Francine Witte. So much talent here. To get your Zoom pass code and all info send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with Who is Jane Doe in the subject line.
The reading was a great success, and a huge thank you to our very special host Nancy Stohlman who kept things lively. We hope to soon have a link posted on out “Performance Space” page.