A Word from the Editor

Welcome to Issue 9.1!

I am so incredibly excited to share all sorts of exciting news with you today. We have a lot of exciting things coming up at the Same!

First of all, I’m excited to announce that, going forward, we will have five days of content on the site. We will continue having our new issues coming out every Monday, featured microwork on Tuesdays, book reviews on Wednesdays, and serials on Fridays. What’s new is we will now have interviews, featured staff work, and articles on Thursdays. I think you are going to like what we’ll be publishing on Thursdays, so make sure to bookmark the site and check back every day for new content. You can also Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@the_same_literary_journal), and you can always contact us through the contact link at the top of the page.

I am particularly excited about some upcoming interviews with some amazingly talented authors such as Cristina Henriquez and Kimmery Martin, and we have more in the works!

With new Thursday content in mind, I’d like to officially welcome Mariah Feria to the team. You may recognize her name from last week’s book review of Red Clocks by Leni Zumas. Mariah is joining our team as a Staff Contributor. She will be writing articles and such for us, and we are super excited to have her on the team. You can check out her awesome website and get to know her style, and you can follow her on Twitter: @mariahferia_x.

You may have noticed we’ve had a break in content on Fridays, but we will be debuting our newest featured serial this Friday. I think you’re really going to enjoy “Through a Mirror Clear” by Melissa Hunter.

In the wake of his grandmother’s death, a young man returns to the home where he spent summers as a child, hoping to discover if the memories that haunt him are real. What he finds will either help him put the past to rest, or drive him over the edge of sanity. This is the premise to “Through a Mirror Clear”—part ghost story, part family drama.
Finally, two big announcements . . .
We are now open to submissions for a print anthology with the theme of “Faith.” Faith in God, faith in yourself, losing faith . . . this theme is open to interpretation. Send us your best nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Submissions opened today and will close on June 30th. (If you would like to take a look at our first print anthology, you can find it here.) Find all the details and submit via Submittable here.
We are also now open to submissions for our first themed Short Story Contest. The theme is “Freedom,” and, like the anthology theme, it is completely open to interpretation. 1st place: $100. 2nd place: $50. 3rd place: $25. The deadline for submissions is June 15. We will announce finalists in Issue 10.4. In honor of our theme of “Freedom,” we will announce the winners on July 4th. I know we have a very international readership that’s not necessarily concerned with the United States’ Independence Day, but July 4th also happens to be my birthday. So, I’ve decided the 4th of July is the perfect time for me to announce the winners! As always, we will donate a portion of the entry fee to Care to empower women and girls around the world! You can find all the details and submit via Submittable here.
And after all the exciting announcements, just a couple items of housekeeping . . .  Firstly, we are still looking to fill the following position: “Social Media Manager – US.” If you are interested, you can email us through the contact link above for more information. Secondly, I am discontinuing the weekly “A Word from the Editor” posts, and will only be running them when I have specific announcements, such as contests or new features.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read through these many words from the editor. the Same is growing quickly, and it is so exciting for me to see it happen. This has been a labor of love from the start, and I remain committed to the goal that inspired this journal—to advance and celebrate the voices of women and girls!
Until next time!
Sincerely,
Rachel Holbrook
Editor in Chief
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