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March 4, 2011


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Hey friends, writers, readers, and ardent fans of THIS!

I’m thrilled to tell you that later this month changes will be happening at THIS. As we grow our readership, we’d like to become a greater part of your daily conversation on all things literary. We’ll soon be expanding the scope of writing in THIS by offering new columns, new reviewers, and lighthearted literary tidbits to pull you through that excruciating three o’clock meeting. If you’re a writer, blogger or reviewer, keep an eye on our blog for further information on how you can work with us.

In the meantime, happy reading!


Lacey N. Dunham

December 31, 2010

Happy New Year from THIS!

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Wishing you a happy New Year! We look forward to reading many amazing submissions in 2011!


November 26, 2010

November/December Issue is Here!

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Tired of hanging out with your family? Want to avoid work? Read our November/December issue, featuring the works of eleven poets, four fiction writers, one essayist and a partridge in a pear tree.

Let us know your thoughts!

October 1, 2010

Poetry and Fiction Editors Wanted

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this is now hiring Poetry Editors and Fiction Editors for our bi-monthly ‘zine. If you’re interested, please review the information below and submit an application.

Fiction Editors work as a team alongside the ‘zine Editor to:
– Read all fiction submissions during the issue’s reading period.
– Discuss each submission with the other Fiction Editors and make recommendations for publication.
– Review pieces selected for publication for grammar, punctuation, spelling, word usage, and flow.
– Format 1-2 pieces for publication in the ‘zine using the ‘zine’s stylebook guidelines.
– Adhere to established deadlines as posted by the ‘zine Editor.
– Assist with soliciting submissions for the ‘zine.

Poetry Editors work as a team alongside the ‘zine Editor to:
– Read all poetry submissions during the issue’s reading period.
– Discuss each submission with the other Poetry Editors and make recommendations for publication.
– Review pieces selected for publication for grammar, spelling, and word usage.
– Format 1-2 pieces for publication in the ‘zine using the ‘zine’s stylebook guidelines.
– Adhere to established deadlines as posted by the ‘zine Editor.
– Assist with soliciting submissions for the ‘zine.

Applicants for the position of Fiction/Poetry Editor should meet the following requirements:
– Love of fiction/poetry and a desire to put new and emerging writers in print.
– Experience as a copy editor, editor, or reader with an online or print magazine, newspaper, literary journal, blog, or related publication.
– Strong knowledge of written English.
– Ability to express opinions clearly.
– Ability and willingness to meet established deadlines.
– Familiarity with our ‘zine and the types of fiction we currently publish.
– Knowledge of or experience with Google Documents is strongly preferred. If you haven’t worked with Google Docs in past, we expect you’ll be willing to learn! (Please note: a Gmail address is NOT required to access and use Google Docs.)

EXPECTED TIME COMMITMENT: Depending on the length and number of submissions, editors can anticipate to work between 2-5 hours per week.

We request that applicants make a minimum two issue (4 month) commitment to work with us.

Please note: All positions are unpaid.

Interested? Applications can be filled out online.

August 28, 2010

Reminder: Submission Deadlines

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Don’t forget! The submission deadline for the September/October issue of this is September 1!

Here’s a sample of what you can expect in our September/October issue:
~Great fiction by Cameron L. Mitchell and Kristopher McGonegal
~Artwork by Italy-based artist Pepper Pepper
~A look at the artist Chihuly by contributing writer Ursula K. Raphael
~Our inaugural Poet Spotlight, featuring Hong Kong-based poet Nicholas Y.B. Wong
~and more!

Interested in being feature with our next Poet Spotlight? The Poet Spotlight deadline is November 15 with a publication date of March/April 2011.

August 13, 2010

Follow us on Twitter!

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That’s right! We’re hanging out with all the cool kids now!

July 25, 2010

July/August issue Is Here!

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It finally happened! The July/August issue (#4) of this is waiting for you on our website with fiction by James Thibeault and Scott Deckman; poetry by Geer Austin, Micah Muldowney, Birch Taylor, Mariele Ventrice, Ami Xherro, and Lorenzo Buford; essays by Peter Gajdics and Cailin Barrett-Bressack; art by Maddie Scott; photography by John Densky; and reviews by our contributing writers Ursula K. Raphael, Jordon Chiarelli, and John Coleman.

In this issue, we also announce our poet spotlight initiative.

Comments? Questions? Feedback? Let us know!

July 4, 2010

Do you like us?

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Do you like us enough to “like” us on Facebook? Updates, news, surprises! What reason do you have for not joining us on Facebook, unless you’re a Luddite? (And don’t worry, we know who you are!)

June 23, 2010

Teaser: Our July/August Issue

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The submissions are rolling in non-stop for our July/August issue (forthcoming) but don’t worry, there’s still time to get yours in before our July 1 deadline. Just be sure to read our submission guidelines first.

Our forthcoming issue will feature a book review of Chuck Palahniuk’s Tell-All by resident Canadian literature contributor, John Coleman and music reviews by our head music contributor, Jordon Chiarelli, as well as fiction, poetry, visual poetry, and photography.

If you can’t make our July deadline, I encourage you to submit your work for our September/October issue or our November/December issue. Our team is always looking for talented writers whose work is fresh, creative, polished, and astounding. For new writers, those who have never published before, and emerging writers who have published but are looking to expand their readership to ever wider audiences, I look forward to reading your work.

Get jazzed for July/August ’cause it’s gonna blow yer mind.

June 4, 2010

Open for Submissions

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this is currently accepting submissions for our upcoming issues. We’re looking for excellent poetry, non-fiction, fiction, comics, graphic novels, video, audio, and artwork/photography from new and emerging writers and artists. Interested? Read our current issue and then check out our submission guidelines. If you’re not certain about a submission, feel free to query first.

July/August issue (#4) – July 1
September/October issue (#5) – September 1

We look forward to lots of good reading!

May 6, 2010

New issue of THIS!

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The May issue of this is up and reading for your enjoyment. This issue features eleven writers and poets, writing on such diverse topics as:

-bats, butterflies, rockets, superheroes and other things that fly
-the laws of physics that requires gravity bring objects, like leaves and buildings, down
-where, exactly, broken hearts go
-what happens on those mean, nasty backstreets
-won’t somebody think of the children?
-jazz and healthcare

Visit to read, treasure, comment, and enjoy!

March 25, 2010


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Head’s up: Issue #3’s submission deadline is April 15. The issue should go live in May.

Send us all you’ve got as long as it’s good!!!

March 15, 2010

Head’s Up: Website

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FYI: The ‘zine website will be down Tuesday and Wednesday. We’ll let you know as soon as it returns!

March 5, 2010

Facebook — Finally!

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this finally joins the world of Facebook.

You can become our fan here.

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March 1, 2010

New Issue, New Website & More!

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Our new website is finally finished! We inaugurate it with the second issue of this, featuring:

–poetry by Rachel C. Fletcher and Liza Sparks
–fiction by Ian Penrose
–erotica by Niki Graff
–an interview with Christine Stoddard, Founder and President of the Greater Washington Indie Arts Festival
–a short film by Erica F.
–a book reviews of Elizabeth Kostova’s The Swan Thieves, Alison Croggon’s The Naming, and Jennifer Scanlon’s Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life and Times of Helen Gurley Brown.

Don’t forget to join our fan page on Facebook! If you are logged in to Facebook, this link will take you directly to our fan page.

February 16, 2010

Website Update: Countdown

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Our new website and look are almost complete! We’re excited to offer an improved and easy-to-navigate layout with our new home and hope that the redesigned site will increase the readership of this. We want our writers to get the reading traffic they deserve!

Our goal is to have the website go live by the end of the month. In the meantime, please continue to submit your stories, poems, art, interviews, and other non-fiction tidbits to the editor at As always, we look forward to reading your work!

January 29, 2010

Website Update

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If you’re looking for writing this zine has published and no longer see the link, never fear! We’re still building our new website and all previously published work will have a link on the new site. However, as we prepare for the transition from blog to site, a few bumps are expected as our new site takes shape.

As always, we’re interested in your submissions. Best of all, if we’re interested in your work, you’ll be include on our new site in what we’re calling this zine: volume 1, issue 2. Fancy, huh?

January 17, 2010

Changes to thiszine

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A new year means changes and change is always something bitten off in quantities larger than one can chew. This is all to say that this has undergone a silent metamorphosis and it’s probably time all our readers, fans, and frenemies were dutifully clued in on our mysterious absence.


So, here goes: this zine will be moving the zine part of our site to another web address and maintaining this address solely as a blog.


What does this mean for you, dear reader and writer? It means greater flexibility with the layout of our zine and a more polished, professional look to drive traffic to the website so all our writers garner the readership they deserve. We hope the new site will make it easier to read and submit pieces and, above all, will be something you fall in love with, a place you check each morning right after you update your Facebook status.


Oh yes, we do plan to get a Facebook page sometime soon as well.


The site is still in progress but as we work towards the day when we can officially unveil it, you will notice certain changes to the links in the right hand column. Don’t be alarmed: if your pieces have been previously published in this, they will remain on the blog, as published.


If you have submitted a piece to us and have not heard about the status, we are reviewing submissions presently and will contact you soon about whether we wish to publish your submission on our new website.


And if you haven’t submitted, well geez, get to it!

November 26, 2009

Return from the Land of the Lost

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Do you remember Land of the Lost? Well, it was a terrible Will Ferrell movie, so probably not. Anyhow, thiszine is back and will be updating posts with more regularity. Many apologies for the hiatus — when life interrupts, what are you going to do?

Lots has been happening the world of publishing and literature in my time away. So enjoy a turkey (or tofurkey dinner) with your near and dear and be sure to check back if they’re driving you too mad!

And to whet your palate for the whimsical and literary, I bring you A Book Lover’s Guide to IKEA Seating.

September 10, 2009

Head’s Up

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Due to a personal emergency, this zine will be updated only intermittently during the month of September. If you have submitted work for publication in this, the editor will read your work as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience. We hope to be back in full swing by October.