“The Louisville Review, housed at Spalding University since 1998, was founded in 1976 at the University of Louisville by faculty editor Sena Jeter Naslund and two students. Since 2001, we have worked closely in conjunction with Spalding University’s low-residency MFA in Writing Program.”
“Lemon Star Mag is a safe space for all new and emerging writers. LSM is built on the foundation of LGBTQIA+ writers and works to maintain the space is inclusive to such other individuals.”
“Miracle Monocle is an online journal of innovative literary and visual art. Published bi-annually, the journal features poems, short stories, literary nonfiction, and a broad range of experimental works. We pride ourselves on serving as a home for flash and micro fictions of all varieties, as well as works with genre indeterminacies, fresh collaborations, and re-invigorations of more traditional forms.”
reinvention of the journal
During my internship with University of Louisville’s Literary and Arts Journal Miracle Monocle, I participated in a radical reinvention for journal. Our editorial team contributed in discussions concerning the core of journal operations.
submittable platform + communications
During this time, the journal made a shift from email communication to using the Submittable platform. This particular shift allowed the journal to reach a larger audience, allowed for easier submission process, and allowed for more efficient communication between the editorial team regarding submissions. Through Submittable, the editorial team was able to rate and comment on submissions, organize and label rounds of acceptance, as well as email and communicate with writers in a way that archived the conversation for our team to read. A main goal for the internship was to establish a sense of community between the editorial team, and that objective was realized through the collaborative framework of using the Submittable platform for managing submissions.
revising the submission guidelines
Drafting the guidelines for each genre allowed the editorial team to think about a solidifying structure for how to navigate submissions during the reading process. The significance in this task not only facilitated discussion of what would be manageable for the editorial team, but also what would be valuable for writers to find a home for short or lengthy fiction, weird hybridization of genres, or other bizarre aesthetics associated with non-traditional forms. I also crafted documents such as a social media signup sheet with a calendar, a solicitation database to communicate across the team, and a spreadsheet for classroom visits and promotional opportunities.