A Note from the Editors

It’s hard to get published.  If you’re not known, you’ll fold your work into a stack of envelopes or attach it to a dozen emails and send to small presses and litmags.  If the litmag is anything like J Journal, your submission will be read by two guys in a small office who will cringe at the clichés and rejoice over the originality and perhaps ask for revisions, with no guarantee of publication.  On rare occasions a story or poem will come in so complete, so refined, that it no longer seems a submission but already part of the next issue.  In J, as in pretty much any other journal, only five percent will make it into print.  Those are rough odds, and standard odds for litmags; the odds of a book contract are rougher still. 

This year, two of J Journal’s writers, two who have stayed in touch with us, received their first book contracts.  Alison Ruth’s vibrant, visceral prose has been featured in three issues of J Journal; her novel Near-Mint Cinderella was just published by Aqueous Books.  And Sandra Hunter’s J Journal story In-Breath introduced family themes she further explored in her novel Losing Touch, which just came out from Oneworld Publications.

Their success is an affirmation.  These are two alert, original writers, in full control of character and voice and pace, who have been rewarded with book contracts.  Sometimes things line up and literary justice is done.  Litmags serve a special purpose; they are the proving ground for new work. We are so pleased to have showcased these two worthy writers on their way to wider readership.  Congratulations to both.  



Fiction by Sabrina Jaszi, Michael McGuire, Rebekah Orton, Mark Parlette, Jane St. Clair, Jennifer Sears, Ryan Elliott Smith, Steven Volynets, Brian Phillip Whalen

Poems by Ace Boggess, Jason Ellis, Michael Graves, Erik La Prade, Simon Perchik, Matthew J. Spireng, Ben Terry, Fred Yannantuono

Nonfiction by Thomas Bart Kropp

Photos by Jacobia Dahm

Coming soon...


Six of our writers have new book publications:

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