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”
Volume 6, Issue 1 (Winter 2020)
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.
: Two Klacks.
Most stories favor exploring a theme or character in depth over page-turning action.
Once again, some stories were entirely free of four-letter words, while others used them gratuitously.