About a year ago, I had this crazy idea of creating a magazine for creative people. The goal behind the project was to have a regularly published magazine that was full of real works by indie or small publishing house authors. I envisioned fictional works, along with advice columns that were full of what worked for them without the pretense of being an elite club. Essentially, I wanted anyone feel like they had what it takes to become a writer if they wanted to and allow writers to find a new audience to distribute their works.
I received several submissions for the magazine, while most were great stories, it was not quite what I was looking for. I wasn’t sure how to proceed with the project, so I set it aside for awhile with the intent to pick it back up once I figured out how to move forward with the idea. After a lengthy time thinking about this project, I have decided to split the magazine (at least for the time being) into two separate, yet related publishings: Coffeehouse Stories and Coffeehouse Writers.
The Coffeehouse Writers will be a regularly published zine with advice for new and seasoned writers. Featuring articles about how writers got their start and what has worked for them in regards to schedules, marketing, platforms, or audience growth. The publish date is to be determined.
The Coffeehouse Stories will feature short stories, serial fiction, poetry, and other works of fiction. This publication is designed to broaden writers audience and introduce readers to new talent. I decided to start by publishing a mini zine for the stories submitted from the original call for submission last year. This zine will be available soon and will feature stories from Paul Magnan, Nikki Crutchley, Christopher Mahan, Jo Carson-Barr, Francis Franklin and Sarah Northwood.
The first official issue of The Coffeehouse Stories will be available this summer. This issue is now open for submissions with the theme of Summer. All submissions must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 05/31/2017. An author bio must accompany all submissions. Selected contributors will receive a free contributor issue of the zine and retain copyrights to his or her work. I look forward to reading your stories!