A reader for several lit mags shares why the experience is valuable
I would like to volunteer to work for a literary magazine. I have written articles as a an economist technician for various newspapers on agricultural subjects, most usually on developments in the futures market. I have written articles for the Cirrus House Magazine, mainly topics related to ideas coming from literature. My most recent publication appeared in Trajectory magazine. I am willing to send you a copy of my writing on request. Kenneth E. Weber Jr.
I have been thinking of doing this for a while; I was a poetry reader for a journal years ago, and I have also judged poetry contests. This article makes me think it is time to get back to it!
I love the optimistic tone of this article. It stands in harsh contrast to a previous entry listing all the many reasons editors find to reject manuscripts. Volunteering for such noble work might help writers see what is out there in Submissionland, and where their works stand, It is insane to believe that a rejection can hinge on the smallest detail: the tone was a bit cosmopolitan, the humor was too wry, the vision a tad myopic.
What a great piece advocating for literary citizenship by volunteering at literary journals. Such a wise perspective and all true, imho.
Interesting. I've been flirting with the idea for ages - this article is certainly another push in that direction. Thank you, Chital (and Becky).