Where are we?

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The image plastered across all of our social media accounts seems like a good title for this blog post.  “Where are we?”  Well, all of the stories, poems, and essays for our first edition have been edited.  The photography has been chosen, and we are currently in the midst of putting the final touches on the bonus content that will be available to those who decide to purchase a digital version of the journal.

There seems to be several small details that go into the creation of a literary journal that most wouldn’t think of.  The ordering of the stories in each section, for example, or the best way to incorporate our author’s bios.

I’m confident that the final product that comes out in September will be magnificent, but it’s certainly been (and will continue to be) a journey to get there!

We’re so excited to get to share all of works that are going to be in issue 1.1, but not only that – we will also be sharing some of our own personal thoughts on writing, and introducing you to the contributors as people and writers, not just as a name on the page!  Stay tuned for more as we count down the days to the release of borrowed solace issue 1.1 Hinterlands!


Issue 1.1 is Taking Shape

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We at borrowed solace have been working hard (or hardly working) at getting our first issue out.  There have been so many wonderful submissions and simply not enough room in our first edition to include every piece that all of us editors have fallen in love with.  Some quick thoughts from the first few months of borrowed solace being in existence and my first little bit as poetry editor:

  1. When a journal posts specific admission guidelines, they are there for a reason!  Some of our guidelines are there because without your including them in your submission, we are hopelessly confused.  Make sure your name is on the document itself, not just in the submission manager!
  2. When an editor says that they hope you submit in the future, they mean it!  I have read several poems that I absolutely loved but that did not fit into this edition for a variety of reasons – length, topic, adherence to the theme, etc.
  3. We really do read each and every submission, and it’s time consuming!  I’ve thought in the past that the submission timelines for many journals were a bit ridiculous.  Now that I am an editor, I realize just how time consuming (in the best way possible, of course) reading through each submission can be.  It’s worth it, but with a busy schedule in my day-to-day life plus editorial responsibilities, reading and scoring each poem we receive is a long process.

We are so excited to put everything together and showcase all of your work!  We are truly thrilled by some of the excellent writing you all have been sending us and hope to be able to give more of your work a home in the future.