As the cover illustration of this issue alludes, we're breaking out. Specifically, we are now accepting poetry submissions and running book reviews. We welcome Meredith Davies Hadaway as Poetry Editor, and very much appreciate her ambition in broadening the literary scope of this publication. So, all you poets out there: Take note!

We also welcome Lindsay Denninger as Assistant Editor. She comes to us having graduated Summa Cum Laude from Long Island University, and will be doing book reviews and other much needed work at our magazine. We're happy to have her aboard.

As these two appointments now double the size of our staff, from two to four, we're left wondering if we should be establishing comprehensive health care coverage, begin circulation of internal staff newsletters, even start our own profit-sharing plan. But with the economy the way it is, maybe we will hold off. And besides, did someone say profit? Are we kidding ourselves? We're in this for the love of literature, my friends. You all know that by now.

While on the subject of money, we are announcing a shift in compensation for writers and readers. Starting with the Summer 2009 issue, contributors will be given a complimentary copy of one of our print volumes, rather than what we had called the Pizza and Wine Stipend of twenty-five dollars. We are however, increasing the funds to be awarded in our free Fifty-for-Fifty Reading Contest. To preserve the catchy name, we will be awarding fifty dollars per winning reader, but there will likely be more than one each quarter.

The reason for this shift is that we believe the great majority of those visiting us online are writers, interested in getting published here. While this is all well and respectable, and we're truly thankful for each and every submission we receive, we believe this and every other literary journal should attract a substantial number of people who simply want to read and adore a good story, essay, poem, or learn of a recommended book.

A literary journal is more than just a springboard that launches writers on to bigger worlds. Many a great literary work in the course of history began as a piece, perhaps in shorter form, inside the pages of a "little magazine." They deserve not only to be used, but read.


News from our past and present contributors:

A story in our current issue, entitled "And in the Morning, Work" by Jennine Capó Crucet, is part of the winning collection in the Iowa Short Fiction Award for 2009. Look for its release later this year.

Allie Larkin, whose story "Bathtub Mary" originally ran in our Spring 2008 issue, has signed a first book deal with McIntosh & Otis. The work is entitled Stay and is due for release in 2010.

Also from our Spring 2008 issue, Bill Cook's "Little Witches" short short will appear in Dzanc Books' Best of the Web anthology, due for release later this year.

Andrei Guruianu, whose story "Body of Work" appeared in our Winter 2009 issue, is releasing a second collection of poems. Titled Front Porch World View, it is due out in June from Main Street Rag.


Did you know we have released a second print volume? Read more about it here. Ten dollars brings this little treasure right to your door, assuming your door is located in the United States.


We are not sure if the comeback of Britney Spears and her hit song "Womanizer" had anything to do with our choice for Lit Pick of the Quarter, but in Issue 61 of Reed Magazine, a short story entitled "Girlyman" by Pierre Hauser conjures similarity. Girlyman is a gentleman about the office workplace, and his attention is often set upon, as it happens, the other gender. He also has a girlfriend. Here is an excerpt -

It is for Clara that he shops for organic vegetables at the farmer's market near the riverfront. It is to her stories that he listens most intently. And it is she that he thinks of on his way home from work when he passes a beguiling window display of white separates for spring. He pictures her in the tuxedo-style top, the ruffles enhancing the contours of her bust line, the outward swoop of the shirttails making her boyish hips seem wider.

He catches Clara on her cell right as she's leaving her office and she meets him at the store. Sure enough, the clothes are perfect for her. She looks especially ravishing in a tiered gypsy skirt with a laced-lined hem, which she smartly couples with knee-high boots. Girlyman envisions her recumbent in a mountain meadow, lolling amid wildflowers. Entranced by her infinite reflections in the mirrored dressing room, he has to kiss her neck.


The Summerset Review
 
Joseph Levens - Editor
Amy Leigh Owen Associate Editor
Meredith Davies Hadaway Poetry Editor
Lindsay Denninger Assistant Editor
 
A literary journal released quarterly on the 15th of March, June, September, and December on the Internet, and periodically in print form. Founded in 2002, the journal is devoted to the review and publication of unsolicited short stories, essays, and poetry.

All correspondence and submissions should be emailed to editor@summersetreview.org. Postal mailing address: 25 Summerset Drive, Smithtown, New York 11787, USA.

This publication is made possible, in part, with grants from the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), supported by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), a state agency. We are very thankful for the support and encouragement these organizations have given our journal and the literary community.

The Summerset Review is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, incorporated in New York State.

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