The Magnolia Review

Very glad to be nearly done with my year-long commitment to write weekly reviews of literary journals and genre magazines. It’s been a worthwhile exercise, but all that reading gets to be burdensome. Founded in 2014 by creative writing undergraduates at Bowling Green University, The Magnolia Review publishes two issues a year. What they say about themselves: “The Magnolia Review publishes work that is memorable and the reader comes back to, similar to the flowering of the magnolia tree every spring. It is a treasure to be shared and experienced with several readings… Editing is usually squeezed in-between school and a full-time job. I sit with my laptop and open the emails and go through the submissions. I log them in my Excel tracker for the submission number and author/artist’s name. Once the submission has a number, I open it (and remove identifying information if the submitter didn’t remove the information.) Then I read. I record in my Excel file if the work is accepted or rejected. I email the writer/artist with an acceptance letter/contract of publication or a rejection letter” Issue reviewed: Volume 6, Issue 1 (Winter 2020) Genre: Literary realism One Story I’ll Remember Not to Forget: “Risk Management,” by John Sheirer. Bob is a bored office worker at an insurance company, but his job suddenly becomes a lot more interesting when he opens a file cabinet drawer and finds perhaps the last thing he expected to see. There’s all kinds of ironic stories about office work these days, but this one is entertainingly quirky. Clapperboard Rating: Two Klacks. Most stories favor exploring a theme or character in depth over page-turning action. Profanometer: Dammit. Once again, some stories were entirely free of four-letter words, while others used them gratuitously.

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