Ground Control to The Splinter Generation

by Scott Miller

Like the famed Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity, this little project we call The Splinter Generation is rapidly approaching the fourthyear of its six-month projected lifetime. Once an experiment in literary community service, we have burgeoned into a full-scale journal.

Non-humans are welcome to submit

Non-humans are welcome to submit

Some people might be happy to sit back and admire the achievement, but not us. They see Olympus Mons and wonder, why climb it? We see it and wonder, where is this whole Mars metaphor going?

Let me answer the more intelligent question: we’re taking off!

Our submission stack keeps growing – and improving. It’s getting easier to publish great work but harder to keep up with the flow. Some of us don’t even have time to blog when we’re supposed to (that woulld be excuse #2 for those keeping count).  In short, we needed help.

Maybe we’re not so much like the Mars rovers then, but more like a proto-solar system. What began as a conglomeration of a few dedicated editors has a momentum of its own and has solidified into work that – ahem – matters. And that process continues unabated.

What I mean by all this is: we’re growing again.

We have teamed up with the MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles to bring aboard a group of Associate Editors for the coming submission period. Four intrepid students have stepped up to the challenge of sharing the best young voices with our readers. These women have the right stuff; they will be Associate Editors as we launch our next submission period.

Gina Morgan came to us from Louisville, KY, in a moment of serendipity that smacks of magical realism – which is a style I for one would love to see in our Fiction stack! We’ll see if Gina agrees as she reads your fiction submissions. A teacher for seven years, Gina is currently honing her skills as a novelist.

As a poetry editor, I feel particularly proud to be able to present three Associate Editors in my genre. Jacquelyn Morton will be editing poetry with from the home of the original Tea Party, Boston. A one-woman counter-counter-revolution, Jacqui brings a spirit of freedom any mama grizzly would envy.

Magdalawit Makonnen trekked all the way from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the express purpose of editing poetry submissions here. Well, she may have had ulterior motives, but in any case, we’re definitely glad to have this emerging writer on board. Magda now lives in Los Angeles.

Suzanne La Follette is from Austin, which makes several of us current editors want to demonstrate that we too can be cool if we try real hard. You may think I’m overgeneralizing… did I mention she’s ranked in the National Poetry Slam and a structure firefighter?  Suzy will be editing both Poetry and Creative Nonfiction genres.   She’s also planning a special series of posts from the local writing scene. Kinda puts my paltry blogging in persepctive, doesn’t it?

As you can see, we’re fueled up and on the launchpad, counting down to liftoff. Our reading period begins on January 15th, just a few days away. Given the great response we got last time around, we’ve set up three new email accounts for genre submissions:

We requiest that send your submission to the appropriate email. And please, remember to review the current submission guidelines. We hate to be meanies and don’t like having to turn down submissions on technical grounds.

So that’s it for now. Stay tuned for new material from our Associate Editors. We look forward to reading all of your submissions. I will close with the words of the poet:

“Check ignition, and may God’s love be with you.”

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