Archive | February, 2012

March Submission Deadline

22 Feb

You’ve got a lot of time, but the submission deadline for our March reading is FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH. We’ll take the submissions from that point on and curate an evening o’luck for you.

Happy writing!

— Syllable

Let’s Talk about Literary Magazines

20 Feb

Hanging out at home on this lovely Sunday night (quiet as a usual Sunday, and with a day off tomorrow– what could be better?), I’ve decided to work my way through my daunting backlog of literary magazines. I subscribe to a few, and I’ve also got an assortment of samples from magazines and journals where I’ve submitted my own work. Here are a few of my favorites.

Granta magazine is wonderful. It’s a mix of fiction, nonfiction, and photography. As its website says, the Granta staff has “a belief in the power and urgency of the story, both in fiction and non-fiction, and the story’s supreme ability to describe, illuminate and make real.” Their issues are themed– much like Syllable’s evenings– and my favorites lately have been “Horror,” “Going Back,” and “Sex.” Granta also has the added bonus of being beautifully printed and bound, and feels like a good, hefty book. And for serious word nerds, I will point out that the fonts used are gorgeous.

I also am a subscriber to Creative Nonfiction. CNF (as they call themselves for short) is a meeting place for all kinds of ruminations on the genre. There are essays, of course, but also timelines of the history of nonfiction, advice on craft, and lots of other goodies for nonfiction nerds. It used to be more of a journal, but the new magazine format seems to be working out well for them. CNF also themes its issues, and is currently on “Anger & Revenge.” I like their tagline: “True stories, well told.”

Other magazines in my stack are Gulf Coast, a Public Space, the Paris Review, and the ubiquitous New Yorker. Each one attempts to have its own voice and literary point of view, and I believe they succeed. I used to subscribe to the Believer, but I let it lapse– perhaps I’ll re-subscribe, though, because this month they’ve got a Joan Didion interview. And I have some Tin Houses lying around somewhere, read to death.

Over time, I’ve learned that I prefer literary magazines and journals that present a variety of genres, with a strong point of view. Other than that I’ll pretty much read anything. The problem is, there’s just so much great stuff out there to sink your teeth into. The stacks climb higher and the days get shorter.

That’s it. I’m getting off the computer. I have some stories to read.

Any magazines or journals you adore that you’d care to share in our comments section?

— Syllable



Love Night

15 Feb

So, you’re recovering from Valentine’s day… but you said yesterday that “we should love the whole year ’round to stick it to Hallmark.” Well, get started by having yet another night of love!

We’ve got ten readers tonight– a nice full program. Come and listen, and then chat about your favorite books or love stories or love songs or whatever.

7 pm, La Paloma, $5 suggested donation.

And while you’re waiting, read this.

Ten Parts of Love

12 Feb

I’m thrilled to announce that we’re going to have TEN readers at this month’s Syllable Series (on Wedesday, February 15th). We’ve got songs, poems, excerpts from diaries, fiction, nonfiction, and a really cool mashup.

To hear these fabulous writers read their work:

Syllable: The Reading Series (Love!)

7:00 pm at La Paloma Sabanera

405 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT

Suggested donation: $5


See you there!

— Syllable Series

Love Songs

7 Feb

Although we’ve never had them, song lyrics are one of my dream submissions to Syllable. February is prime time for love songs, so I’m crossing my fingers that some adorable person with a ukulele, cello, or upright bass will email me to beg me to play his or her song this month. (Hint: I’ll probably say yes!)

Maybe everyone is anti-love songs, and that’s why I’ve had no submissions of this variety?

Perhaps they’re feeling like love is a really stressful thing, and a song that reflected its true nature would be kind of insane.  (But also awesome?)

Maybe it’s just too sexy to be talked about in public! Is that it, you Puritans? (Sorry Puritans.)

My advice: keep it simple.

— Syllable Series

February Love Reads: The Fault in Our Stars

3 Feb

A friend insisted I read a Young Adult (known in bookish circles as YA) novel entitled The Fault in Our Stars. It’s about kids with cancer, and I was imagining some Lurlene McDaniel book.


Book cover, courtesy of USA Today

No, it is not. This book is about two kids with cancer who are smart, emotional creatures who have been living with cancer for half their lives or more. It’s a great love story and extremely moving. I can’t believe I tried to read it in a public place.

What do you think is the best love story you’ve seen represented in fiction or nonfiction? And why?