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Announcing Tahoma Literary Review: A Professional Pay Lit Journal

TLR wordmark medOn March 1, my friend Kelly Davio and I will open submissions for the Tahoma Literary Review, a literary journal dedicated to publishing excellent poetry and fiction, and to paying our writers professional rates. The journal will be published quarterly, in both print and e-reader formats. We’re really excited about the possibilities.

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know how committed I am to great writing and fair compensation for poets and writers. This journal, which we have been planning for many months, is an effort to produce a literary journal from the professional writer’s perspective. A major goal of Tahoma Literary Review is to show that writers and publishers can support each other not only artistically, but also financially.

We believe in a collaborative publication model. Literary journals that pay their contributors are rare; most such journals offer only exposure, a somewhat questionable concept in an endeavor that is overcrowded with writers, but sadly limited by its lack of recognition in mainstream culture. Instead of paying all contributors, a substantial number of journals now hold contests, with entry fees typically in the $15 to $30 range, usually with one winner, and maybe a few finalist prizes.

Our model attempts to find a middle ground that is more equitable.

TLR will offer both professional payment and exposure to our contributors by using a substantial portion of our total income to support our authors. Payment for fiction ranges from a minimum of $50 to $300. Payment for poetry and cover art is $25 to $50. The amount is determined by the revenues received from submission fees, print journal sales and contributions from sources such as donors and foundations. To ensure transparency and fairness, we will publish an audited monthly revenue statement to verify the funds received for the submission period.

Even if a submission is not accepted for publication, submitters get value for their fees. Their payment gives them access to our Backstage area, which features artist interviews, writing advice from experts, and more. Supporters (donors and print subscribers) also have access to this area.

And by the way, each issue will have some of the finest poetry and fiction you can find. That we’ll guarantee. Kelly Davio, if you haven’t heard of her, is a highly-regarded poet who has published a volume of poetry (Burn This House) and has a novel in poems (Jacob Wrestling) coming out in early 2015. We attended the same MFA program and worked together at The Los Angeles Review, and have similar literary sensibilities. I’m looking forward to working with her, especially when I’m able to move to Tacoma to join my wife (as soon as we sell this ol’ house in Michigan).

Our web site should be up soon, and it will have full information on our procedures and philosophies. As Kelly says, we think you’ll dig our new journal. I’ll be blogging more about it as the submission opening gets closer.


About Joe Ponepinto

Co-publisher, with Kelly Davio, of Tahoma Literary Review. Author of "Curtain Calls," a featured Kirkus Review. Married to Dona. Dad to Henry, the coffee-drinkin' dog.


23 thoughts on “Announcing Tahoma Literary Review: A Professional Pay Lit Journal

  1. Congrats on your new venture! I will be watching and planning to submit.

    Posted by valerienieman | February 1, 2014, 2:04 PM
  2. This only proves that you are a man of your word, which I knew from very early on. Kudos to you and Kelly, and I’ll look forward to hearing more about your new experiment.

    Posted by shadowoperator | February 1, 2014, 2:53 PM
  3. Hurray for you and Kelly, and for writers and readers everywhere! Count me among the supporters.

    Posted by Charlotte Morganti | February 1, 2014, 3:04 PM
  4. Cheers to you Joe for turning your beliefs into reality. What an exciting shift your model poses. I’ll look forward to the first issue and reading more posts about what went into it.

    My new Kindle arrived this week and last night I searched for your short story collection but couldn’t find it. Came to realize when your post arrived in my inbox this morning that I’d misspelled your last name in my search. The Face Maker will be my first download.

    Posted by Gwen Stephens | February 1, 2014, 3:54 PM
    • You’re not the first one to misspell my name. But I’m honored you’re reading my stories. I hope you enjoy them.

      Posted by jpon | February 1, 2014, 9:17 PM
  5. Reblogged this on Gently Read Literature.

    Posted by Daniel Casey | February 1, 2014, 6:09 PM
  6. Awesome. I’m so excited for you and this new venture. Congratulations, look forward to subscribing and reading the debut issue.

    Posted by Claire Gebben | February 1, 2014, 7:07 PM
  7. Love this! I look forward to spreading this news, Joe.

    Posted by Teri | February 2, 2014, 2:00 PM
  8. Excellent news. I’m looking forwards to reading this new literary magazine. I’m sure it’s going to be great. Congratulations.

    Posted by Nadia Ibrashi | February 2, 2014, 2:29 PM
  9. Awesome, Joe! I’ll subscribe as soon as you go live, and look forward to reading as well as submitting!

    Posted by Linda Anger | February 2, 2014, 2:50 PM
  10. Congrats, Joe! I had the pleasure of meeting Kelly when she toured through Portland with Burn This House, and with the energy and talent you’re both bringing to the project, it’ll be really exciting for writers and readers.

    Posted by Laura Stanfill | February 2, 2014, 3:47 PM
  11. Wonderful, Joe. Best of luck with your new venture.

    Posted by Darrelyn Saloom | February 2, 2014, 5:37 PM
  12. Fantastic news, Joe. Really looking forward to reading and participating in the conversation.

    Posted by Stephanie Barbé Hammer | February 3, 2014, 3:06 PM

Tahoma Literary Review Now Open for Submissions

TLR is officially open for submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. To find out more about this new (paying) literary journal, please visit us at Tahoma Literary Review.

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