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Book Printing Lingo: What is a Literary Journal?

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Literary Journals showcase creative works from multiple contributors
A Literary Journal refers to a non-commercial publication that showcases creative submissions from a variety of writers. Also known as a Literary Magazine or Review, a Literary Journal usually focuses on shorter compositions such as poetry, essays, and short stories.

Though a Literary Journal may give priority to established writers, many encourage submissions from up-and-coming writers as well. That said, few Literary Journals provide monetary compensation to contributors and many even charge the contributor a fee.

However, the contributor receives valuable exposure to a captive audience. In fact, the main purpose of a Literary Journal is to spotlight creative works that might not otherwise be distributed within mainstream channels.

Some Literary Journals publish a broad assortment of works, while others are devoted to a particular theme or genre, such as nature poetry or sci-fi stories. In addition to written works, a few Literary Journals also showcase creative artwork or photography.

Many Literary Journals are associated with a university and compiled by students and faculty. Others are created by individuals or groups who have a special interest in soliciting, compiling and promoting creative works.

Related article: 8 Ways to Make Your Literary Journal Stand Out from the Crowd

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Take care! Keith

About the Author

Keith Beaty is the owner of Formax Printing Solutions in St. Louis, MO. Formax provides a complete array of offset and digital printing services. Specialty areas include book printing, full-color printing, laminated printing, map printing, plus mailing services. If you ever have a printing question or project you would like to discuss, Keith is always happy to help. He can be reached at 866-367-6221. Keith and Formax have been providing worry-free printing and related services since 1985.

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