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LR News: Submissions Period for Issue 1 Now Open

2010 February 4

Dear LR Fans,

We know you’ve been anticipating this for a long, long time, and have endured many push-backs of the date, but we’re happy to announce that our very first reading period is finally, and officially, open!  You can link over to our submissions guidelines here, or by clicking on the image at the beginning of this post.

A gigantic thank you to our brilliant Technology Consultant, Brandon, for the many hours he spent programming, creating the nuts-and-bolts behind the whole operation.  The database that he’s built for us will allow us to gather, filter, and screen your submissions entirely online without the need for cumbersome reams of email attachments.

Here’s how our system will work:

  1. Carefully read the submissions guidelines that you’ll now find on the “Submissions” page of our main web site.
  2. Format your work as specified and prepare it for uploading (poetry & critical prose should be in a single MS word or .PDF document with a cover letter as the first page; images should be in .JPEG format and multiple images should be compressed into a .ZIP file prior to upload).
  3. Follow the link at the bottom of the guidelines page to access the submission form.
  4. Input required information (quick tip: you may find it helpful to have the submissions guidelines open in another window or tab while you do this), upload manuscript, confirm that your work is original and that if it’s a simultaneous submission, you’ll inform us immediately if it’s accepted elsewhere.
  5. Click “Submit”!

That’s it!  You’ll receive a confirmation email to let you know that your submission has been logged into our database.  In up to 4-6 weeks, we will reply with a decision (please don’t query about your submission’s status before then; but if we take too long, feel free to send us a gentle reminder).  In the meantime, feel free to email us at editors [at] gmail(dot) com with any questions or updates you may have. Our reading period will close on April 15th.

Please do consider sending some of your work our way.  We’d also appreciate it if you could help us spread the word  (the banner at the top of this post is free for “grabs” if you’d like to use it to link to us on your own blog or web site; we also have a smaller, button version, available here).  Finally, as we are still figuring things out for the first time, any feedback you might have about how to make this process more user-friendly in future reading periods would be much appreciated, so please feel free to drop us a line to that effect. Thank you for all of your patience with us while waiting for this long-overdue phase of our magazine’s development to come to fruition.  We look forward to reading your submissions!

Best,

Iris & Mia
LR Editorial Staff

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