The Million Writers Award: raising the profile of online literary journals

A few years ago, Jason Sanford became visibly frustrated. It was during a conversation with the editor of a year’s best short fiction anthology. When Sanford asked the editor to consider stories published in his online literary journal,storySouth, the editor responded that he didn’t consider online magazines to be “real” publications.

Sanford, 36, once edited for Meadowbrook Press, a publisher distributed by Simon & Schuster. Five years ago, …

Diet and fitness bloggers lash out against Time Magazine piece on exercise

Time magazine exerciseThe premise of the article seemed provocative enough: despite convention wisdom, exercise does not do a whole lot to help people lose weight. Written by Time Magazine’s John Cloud, the article loosely strings together a series of anecdotes and studies to argue that exercise, in the end, isn’t worth all the hype. It even goes further to suggest that in addition to not causing weight loss, exercise can actually result …

The rise of the genre ezine: Will it ever find a profitable model?

If there is one major criticism to be made of the now-defunct online magazine Event Horizon, it’s that it was too ahead of its time.

Ellen Datlow, a former fiction editor for OMNI (a science magazine that was published under the same owner as Penthouse) and a veteran within the short fiction scene, collaborated with three former colleagues to launch the magazine in November 1998. It published …

The New Yorker gains 16,000 new fans during Facebook experiment

A week ago, the New Yorker released a free Jonathan Franzen essay that would have normally resided behind its paywall. The only catch? You had to “like” its Facebook page and access the story through the social networking giant. And you had to do so within the one-week time period the story would appear.

The move was widely covered by the news media, likely adding an even larger boost to …