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New Literary Journal Aims to Slow Online Reading

posted at 3:49 pm Mon Nov 10th, 2014 by (WherezIt_Staff)

Features deeply human works of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art - and celebrates the writers and artists who created it

November 4, 2014 - Mud Season Review, a literary journal launched by a Vermont writers' community, has just published its second online issue. Breaking with the trend of constant updating and notifications, Mud Season Review posts just one work each of fiction and nonfiction, one portfolio of poetry and one of art each month. The journal's vision is to promote "wide-ranging voices that tramp and track in the mud of human experience." Inspired by the Slow Reading Movement, which comes out of the broader Slow Movements begun in the 1980s, Mud Season Review invites readers to digest each piece fully before moving on to the next and to come back again for another look. It encourages readers to get to know the authors and artists behind the work, too, featuring each in an online interview. A letter from the editor introduces the work each month, points out interrelated themes and stand-out lines, and draws attention to the rewards of thoughtful reading. Even the design is spare-no distracting sidebars, competing callouts, or ads-allowing readers to focus solely on the creative work. This approach also gives journal staff a chance to concentrate fully on the authors and artists, as they work closely together on editing and interviews.

"Everyone on the Mud Season Review staff is a member of the Burlington Writers Workshop, a free writing workshop for all Vermonters," the journal's mission statement reads. "Our staff is dedicated to creating a journal that mirrors the openness of the workshops, in which writers of all genres support each other's love of writing and reading; provide vibrant, kind, insightful feedback; forge significant creative relationships; and demonstrate that the pursuit of excellence in their craft doesn't have to be formal, exclusive or anonymous."

Authors say they appreciate this connection and collaboration, as well as the increased visibility this approach brings them, the people behind the work.

"This is a central reason Mud Season Review was immediately on my radar-being an online journal, but also a journal that publishes only one piece per genre per month. It's the best of both worlds. The exclusivity of print, with the accessibility of being online," says Craig Reinbold. His essay "Here in the Museum of Things Gone Terribly Wrong" is featured in Mud Season Review's inaugural issue. Reinbold's work has also appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Guernica, Gulf Coast, Brevity, New England Review, and elsewhere.

The journal has gotten off to an impressive start with a steady flow of submissions, a growing social media presence, and a well-attended launch party at Hotel Vermont in Burlington. That gala featured readings by contributors from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Tennessee. Mud Season Review's all-volunteer staff is planning another celebration in early spring to launch the journal's first print issue.

Featuring work by established and emerging talent from around the world, Mud Season Review welcomes submissions on a rolling basis. What are the editors looking for?

"A strong voice, a view from elsewhere, a satisfying ending-work that has a point, whether or not it has a plot," says Rebecca Starks, editor-in-chief. For detailed submission guidelines, visit

About Mud Season Review
Mud Season Review is a literary journal staffed by a writers' community in Vermont. We celebrate the full process of artistic creation, from inspiration to publication, welcoming into our open and collaborative community wide-ranging voices that tramp and track in the mud of human experience. For more information, visit or contact James Gamble at

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