Indie Lit Fair, Vol. Two
The Indie Lit Fair, presented by the Community of Literary Magazine and Presses (CLMP) and the PEN World Voices Festival, has been a highlight of the Festival for the past four years. This year, we are delighted to partner with Mary Gannon, Executive Director of CLMP and present a virtual edition in a series of weekly installments highlighting the work of poetry presses, fiction and creative nonfiction publishers, and literary magazines. Join us in supporting independent publishing, an industry that has been hit with particular force by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Indie Lit Fair showcases the breadth of independent magazines and presses our country has to offer. Collectively, they form the bedrock of the literary ecosystem, fostering an environment where writers and their work can flourish. From magazines that highlight voices from local communities, to presses that present books from other countries to U.S. readers, to publishers that focus on specific subjects and genres, their success is marked by the diverse array of voices they bring forth into the culture at large. Browse below and take advantage of the exclusive promotional offers extended to the PEN World Voices community.
Belladonna* promotes the work of women and feminist writers who are adventurous, experimental, politically involved, multiform, multicultural, multigendered, impossible to define, unpredictable, and dangerous with language.
1. Belladonna Spring 2020 Bundle: $30
Bundle including Matters of Feminist Practice, Volume 1; Frames by S. Brook Corfman (Chaplet #256); BC by Jasmine Gibson (Chaplet #257); and a white canvas Belladonna* tote. Chic blood orange scarf not included. $40 value.
2. Preorder August 2020 New Titles: $25
Forthcoming August 1 from Belladonna! A Brief History of Burning by Cait O’Kane and : once teeth bones coral : by Kimberly Alidio. Preorder both for the bundle price of $25 and get them shipped out to you as soon as they arrive from the printer (i.e. soon!). $34 value.
3. Chaplet Subscription Summer Sale: $70
Purchase a 2020/2021 Annual Chaplet Lover’s Subscription and receive all our forthcoming chaplet publications (12 to 15 chaplets) in Fall 2020 (shipped in December 2020) and Spring 2021 (shipped in June 2021). We’ll also send you a bonus back catalog chaplet as a gift just for subscribing. Check the full list on our Chaplets page, and write to us at email@example.com to let us know which one you’d like! $100 value.
Catalyst Press was founded in 2017 as a literary spark, bringing voices from around the globe to readers everywhere. We publish books that reveal the world from different perspectives and different understandings. Publishing literary fiction, graphic novels, memoir, travel, crime fiction, science, and books for young readers, our authors explore lives, stories, and places in ways that make our global community feel more connected. Change can happen in lots of ways, but we think it begins one page at a time.
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The Evergreen Review
Founded in 1957 by Barney Rosset, The Evergreen Review became known as “the heart of the Beats.” Revived in 2017 with Dale Peck as its editor-in-chief and John Oakes as its publisher, it is now an online literary and cultural magazine committed to a progressive outlook. Our focus is on first-time writers, works in translation, and other atypical material—but alongside these pieces, you’ll also find more familiar names such as Laurie Stone, Frederic Tuten, and Robert Coover.
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Gival Press is an award-winning independent press established in 1998 that publishes literary works by emerging and established authors from a variety of walks of life. We established the Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award in 2002 for the best LGBTQ poem, which now has a purse of $500. In addition, we publish works in Spanish and French.
Promotion: If you contact Gival Press directly (703-351-0079) to purchase any of our titles of poetry or fiction, you will receive a 20 percent discount on the purchase and free shipping. We accept major credit cards.
Hanging Loose Press
Since its inception in 1966, Hanging Loose has been a proving ground for new and emerging writers while also helping seasoned authors to find a wide audience for their work. We’re proud to have published first books by authors who have gone on to distinguished careers such as Sherman Alexie, Kimiko Hahn, Cathy Park Hong, Eula Biss, and Maggie Nelson, among many others. Our new 2020 titles demonstrate a continued commitment to work by women, writers of color, and Asian American and Pacific Islanders.
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Indolent Books publishes poetry in print and online by writers who are queer, trans, nonbinary, intersex, people of color, and women. We look for the innovative, provocative, and risky in form and content. We champion emerging writers, including many first books by writers under 25 and over 50.
Promotion: Free shipping for summer on our 2020 and 2019 titles, including Was Body by Billie R. Tadros; In Taking Apart a Kaleidoscope by Adam Zhou; Impure Acts, poems by Ángelo Néstore, translated by Lawrence Schimel; Spring Sonnets by Don Yorty; and Bessie’s Resurrection by Kimberly A. Collins.
New England Review
To publish emerging writers alongside those who are well-known is the mantra of literary magazines everywhere, but New England Review is truly dedicated to discovering significant new voices—and to giving them a place in the broader literary discussion that happens all around us and in every issue of our journal. In New England Review, you’ll find poetry and fiction in a variety of forms and styles—from the formally adventurous to the startlingly traditional—alongside a range of nonfiction, including personal essays, cultural revaluations, travelogues, and more. Plays and works in translation are also a regular part of our mix, and once a year we highlight writing from another part of the world in a portfolio of international writing. Overall, the New England Review gives readers a vital snapshot of the literary moment, four times a year, in its richness, complexity, and diversity.
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Pelekinesis is an independent book publishing company in Southern California focusing on the voices of independent authors and artists on the outskirts of the literary world, locally and around the globe.
The Best Microfiction anthology series is chock-full of fantastic stories under 400 words each. Coedited by Gary Fincke and Meg Pokrass, this year’s selections are chosen by guest editor Michael Martone.
Please See Me
Please See Me is an online literary magazine for health-related stories in the form of poetry, nonfiction, short stories, flash fiction, and digital art in almost any form. We welcome fresh voices from, and about, vulnerable population such as those suffering the effects of health disparities, mental illness, or social isolation and who have traditionally been left out of healthcare conversations or access to care. Our first writing contest was intended to raise awareness of the issues that surround mental health, and it was so well-received that we have made it an annual writing contest.
Radix Media is a worker-owned printer and independent publisher based in Brooklyn, New York. We prioritize the voices of typically marginalized communities by publishing works that boldly take on contemporary themes with verve, challenge, and re-imagination. Among our books, you will find a collection of short fiction chapbooks that take on the uncertain future, a graphic prose poem that dares to imagine sentience in the unlikeliest of places, and a meditative anthology on loss and grief. In addition to our titles, our store also carries beautifully-printed matter like notebooks, notecards, and posters.
Promotion: For our CLMP Indie Lit Fair patrons, every purchase of $30 or more will avail a 20 percent discount. Use code: VOICES2020 at checkout to access the code.
Soberscove Press is an independent press that publishes books about art and culture. Our books tend to explore modes and functions of documentation, engage with process, and connect historical themes and issues to the present. We also produce books in collaboration with artists.
Promotion: 20 percent off all Soberscove Press titles with code INDIELITFAIR20. Three Spring titles we’re excited to share are Excerpts from the 1971 Journal of Rosemary Mayer, The World’s Worst: A Guide to the Portsmouth Sinfonia, and Where The Future Came From: A Collective Research Project on the Integral Role of Feminism in Chicago’s Artist-Run Culture From the Late Nineteenth Century to the Present.
Since 2008, our literary magazine, Superstition Review, has published art, fiction, interviews, nonfiction, and poetry in a beautifully designed online format that is free and open to the public. In 12 years, we have published over 1300 international authors and artists, and we have mentored over 350 students. This is a community project that connects students to experts in the fields of art and literature from all over the world.
Your generous donations will provide direct opportunities to students who learn practical skills in the fields of advertising, web design, social media management, content curation, blogging, and marketing. Your donations will go directly to the support of student work on the magazine:
- $25 will pay for a website redirect with godaddy.com so that our website is easily accessible across the globe.
- $100 will pay for our listing in the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, which ensures our national reputation and boosts student placement in strong jobs after graduation.
- $250 will cover our annual web hosting costs so that our students can learn two content management systems, WordPress and Drupal.
- $500 will support student attendance at the Associated Writers and Writing Programs Conference.
Donate today to help us support authors, artists, and students.
The Wax Paper
The Wax Paper is a newsprint publication that prints all forms of written word, image, and collected conversation. Our broadsheet format is perfect for Sunday afternoon cocoons and folds up easily for reading on commutes (may they return for us all) and tight places. The first priority of The Wax Paper is to expand our understanding of the people we share the world with, and in doing so, expand our understanding of ourselves. We strive to find pieces that illuminate the humanity and significance of the subjects that inhabit the work.
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World Literature Today
For more than nine decades, World Literature Today has forged a vital presence in the international literary community by helping to deprovincialize the American literary landscape. As the preeminent magazine of international literature in the United States, especially in translation, WLT serves as a “Passport to Good Reading” to more than 800,000 readers annually. The editors of WLT also frequently participate in conferences like PEN World Voices, AWP, and ALTA and promote global literary citizenship by championing so-called minor literatures and emerging voices from across the world.
World Literature Today has been working for more than 90 years to keep the lines of communication open among nations, even when all other channels were closed. In times of social distress, like the one we’re in now, those lifelines become all the more urgent. We do what we do because we know that keeping the world connected is vital.
Your investment in WLT’s mission will help elevate the voices of the marginalized and put money into the hands of writers and translators who are working on the front line of the world’s conflict and contact zones. You will be adding your strength to others who believe that we are safer and stronger when we acknowledge the common humanity that binds us as a global community.
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Website: worldliteraturetoday.org and
The Woven Tale Press
The WTP magazine is published 10 times a year. It is a true hybrid of noteworthy writing and visual arts—at once a fine art magazine and literary journal. We regularly feature a rich and resonant roster of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and the visual arts, by both established and emerging writers and artists. Keep up with the latest cutting-edge literary and fine art from across the world and subscribe here.
About the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP)
CLMP ensures a vibrant, diverse literary landscape by helping mission-driven independent literary magazines and presses thrive. We provide publishers with funding and technical assistance; facilitate peer-to-peer learning and group action; serve as a dependable, essential hub for best practices, resources, and nurturing community support; and build bridges to connect publishers with other groups of literary stakeholders, including readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, educators, presenting organizations, and funders. Along with directly serving 400+ member-publishers located in almost every state in the country, CLMP administers the Lit Mag Adoption program, which provides to educators and students discounted literary magazine subscriptions for use in the classroom; an annual Indie Lit Fair, featuring magazines and presses at the PEN World Voices Festival; the Literary Writers Conference, a two-day professional development event for writers held every December in New York City; and the annual Firecracker Awards for Independently Published Literature, which celebrates magazines and books that make a significant contribution to our literary culture. To learn more about CLMP, visit clmp.org.