Literary Magazine Publishing

Literary Magazine Publishing



The Rise of​ the​ Literary Magazine Publishing
A literary magazine, in​ its original sense, is​ a​ magazine that caters to​ literature .​
However, modern literary magazines also now feature graphic art .​
It is​ an​ alternative outlet to​ the​ more rigid and​ serious scholarly journals of​ the​ academe .​
Thanks to​ the​ rise of​ the​ small magazine publishing companies during the​ 1970s, literary magazines have found their way into the​ general public .​
The first literary magazines started to​ appear in​ the​ 19th century .​
a​ lot of​ which originated in​ England and​ Russia and​ a​ handful in​ the​ United States .​
The North American Review is​ known to​ be the​ oldest American literary magazine until it​ ceased publication during World War II .​
The Yale Review had its first publication four years later of​ the​ North American Review .​
It is​ initially referred to​ as​ the​ The Christian Spectator, and​ deals with theological contents .​
It was Henry Walcott Farnam who changed its name into the​ The Yale Review and​ has broadened its contents .​
However, it​ is​ in​ 1911, when Wilbur Cross became the​ editor of​ the​ publication, which has totally revolutionized the​ Yale Review .​
It has then been transformed into the​ nation’s leading university publication .​
It is​ the​ oldest and​ one of​ the​ most respected literary magazines that is​ still being run today .​

Two of​ the​ most distinguished literary magazines that are also still up today began in​ the​ early part of​ the​ 20th century: the​ Southern Review and​ the​ Times Literary Supplement .​
The Southern Review accepts literary works such as​ short stories, novel in​ progress, poetry and​ critical essays that focuses on the​ Southern culture and​ history .​
It specially caters to​ contemporary literature and​ is​ open for​ experimental writing.
However, it​ does not want to​ dwell on literature that relies on extremism and​ sensationalism .​
the​ Times Literary Supplement was originally intended to​ be a​ supplement to​ the​ Times but later on became an​ entirely separate publication in​ 1914 .​
Literary reviews by T.S .​
Eliot and​ Virginia Wolf had appeared on their issues .​

The later part of​ the​ century saw the​ rise of​ the​ two influential and​ controversial literary magazines there is: the​ Kenyon Review and​ the​ Partisan Review .​
The two publications not only have literature and​ criticism in​ its content but also politics .​
The Partisan Review used to​ be associated with the​ American Communist Party but broke off its ties after Stalin’s regime .​
Some of​ the​ significant names that appeared on its issues are Saul Bellow, George Orwell and​ Susan Sontag .​
Its final issue was on April 2003 .​
The rise of​ the​ small presses in​ the​ 1970s made literary magazines more prolific .​
Due to​ the​ establishment of​ the​ Committee of​ Small Magazine Editors and​ Publishers or​ COSMEP, the​ small magazine publishing companies has been assembled and​ formalized .​
Artists can then choose which publications suit the​ style of​ their works .​
Also around this time is​ when AGNI was formed .​
AGNI is​ a​ leading literary publication in​ providing an​ outlet for​ talented and​ aspiring writers .​
The publication believes that its contents are aimed in​ creating social and​ cultural dialogues .​
Jhumpa Lahiri, Susanna Keysen and​ Ha Jin have been featured in​ the​ magazine before becoming well-known writers in​ the​ academic and​ mainstream literature .​
They accept works from artists coming from different countries, culture, gender and​ genre .​
The publication has been running for​ thirty-six years, producing at​ least sixty issues .​

During the​ late 1990s, Francis Ford Coppola launched Zoetrope: All-Story .​
The publication dedicates itself in​ featuring fiction and​ one-act plays .​
It publishes works from promising, aspiring writers alongside the​ prominent ones like David Mamet, Salman Rushdie and​ Yoko Ogawa .​
Other than these, it​ also features reprints of​ classic works and​ contemporary artworks .​
It is​ also during this time that e-zines or​ online literary magazines began to​ appear .​
This marked the​ changing face of​ literary magazine publishing .​
Some of​ the​ well-acclaimed e-zines are the​ Barcelona Review, Ecletica Magazine and​ Spike Magazine .​
Nevertheless, it​ is​ still a​ relatively young alternative to​ literary magazine publishing .​
With the​ abundance of​ e-zines emerging, the​ quality of​ literary content and​ technique has yet to​ be evaluated before it​ they could fully become a​ valid literary output .​




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