A Journal That You Might Like: #3

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Today’s recommended journal is blossombones, a journal run by Susan Slaviero, an alumnus of Lewis University. blossombones is another completely online journal, just like ours. One of their selling points is that they publish work by women almost exclusively. blossombones boasts new and fresh poetry for their readers and publishes very interesting, engaging poetry.

The online journal’s design is very dark and has almost an aura of mystery. Its poetry matches the design of the journal, which brings up the concept of connecting a journal’s subject matter to its appearance. To some degree, I think the style should reflect what kind of poetry is being published in the journal. The title, also, should reflect the work that the journal accepts. For instance, blossombones published mainly female-oriented poetry and the name calls up the image of flowers, which are usually feminine. But the added “bones” on the end of the journal’s title suggests something more interesting, more modern than just stereotypical feminine poetry.

I’d absolutely recommend blossombones, and not just because I know the editor! They publish unique, fresh poetry that’s sure to surprise you and make you think.

— Editor, Mary Egan

A Journal That You Might Like: #2

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Today’s recommended online journal is Trickhouse, features an innovative and interactive design that I haven’t seen in any other journal. Its name recalls trick-or-treating, making it the perfect journal to check out as Halloween draws near!

Trickhouse is the most unique journal I found as I surfed around to see what kind of sites existed already. The front page consists of doors with a wallpaper-like backdrop, giving the whole site the feel of a house. When you put your cursor on each door, the door opens a crack and a different section of the journal floats out. With each new issue, the wallpaper background changes to signal a new edition of the journal.

This journal is the best example of how much you can customize your online journal’s site. The possibilities are literally endless and you can customize the site as much as you’d like to match the title of your journal. Online publishing gives literary journals more of an opportunity to reach people, but it also makes professional design accessible even to the penniless college student, such as my self.

Trickhouse is worth a look because of its gorgeous interplay with readers and exciting new poetry, such as Cynthia Hogue’s poem, which was featured in yesterday’s post. They also showcase visual art, correspondent reports, interviews, videos, and more. Each of their pages and site sections call back to their “house” theme, such as Back Room and The Parlour. Be sure to check it out and read some of what Trickhouse has to offer.

Reminder: The title contest for the new Lewis Lit Journal ends on Monday, October 11th. Make sure you get your suggestions in before the deadline! Send title ideas to lewislitjournal [at] gmail [dot] com!

— Honeycomb Editor, Mary Egan

A Journal That You Might Like: #1

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So, the feature for Fridays that we’re going to be posting is basically a journal recommendation. If you’re new to the idea of online literary journals or just literary journals in general, you might find these Friday posts helpful. We hope that you’ll check these recommended journals out and one day begin recommending journals of your own.

For now, we’re simply going to scroll through the list of literary journals sitting in our sidebar. In the future, we’ll be branching out and letting you know about journals in every corner of the web and every corner of the globe.

Today’s recommended journal is Arsenic Lobster! Not only does it have a very catchy and clever title, Arsenic Lobster is creative and clever all throughout the work they produce and the information on their easily navigated site. One thing that I really love about Arsenic Lobster is that their name is not merely symbolic or weird for the sake of weirdness, they actually have a picture of a lobster on their front page! Arsenic Lobster was one of my favorite journals as I was researching for The Honeycomb Review (tentative name, just a reminder: you can still send title suggestions to lewislitblog [at] gmail [dot] com). We encourage you to check out Arsenic Lobster, browse their site, and read what they publish. There’s some great stuff over there.

Stay tuned for the weekend feature, Editor’s Notes, and much more!

— Honeycomb Editor, Mary Egan