Thursday, 19 March 2015

Submissions for Issue Four are closed

Submissions for the April issue of The Literary Commune are now closed. Well, they actually closed on the 18th, so apologies for this late notice. 

We've had scores of submissions, mostly from the US (which was a pleasant surprise), so we're intending for Issue Four to have a US-theme. Let's call it our US special. Some have already been selected and the contributors notified, but there is still space in the issue, so we're going through the process of looking at the shortlist. The standard of submissions was very high, so our job is quite difficult. I expect it'll be a few days before we notify contributors one way or the other. We're just sorry that we don't have enough space to publish everything. Some of you may receive an invitation to allow us to keep your work on file, possibly for publication in a future issue of The Literary Commune. If you accept that invitation, you still have the option of submitting your work to other publications in the meantime.

We will endeavour to get copies of Issue Four out to the US as soon as possible, but naturally it will travel by snail-mail, and it may be a few weeks (apparently, according to the Royal Mail website) before it reaches your shores. If any of you know of anywhere that would like to carry a few copies (a bohemian bookshop, for example) get in touch with us, and we'll send a few copies to them.

I have to say that, as editor of The Literary Commune, I'm pleased to see it spread across the water to the US. Of course, we're a UK-based litzine, and we treasure contributions from UK writers, but there are no borders when it comes to literature. We had our Ireland special in Issue Two, which really upped our game, and I'm hoping that our US special will increase interest in TLC.

Submissions for Issue Five open on 1st April and will run through until 18th May. We're particularly keen to hear from British writers, and have ourselves a BritLit special.