Progenitor Submissions End Tonight!

Progenitor will be done taking submissions 3 hours afters after this post is published.

I nearly accomplished my goal of making the maximum submissions. I’m short by 2 art pieces, but I met the max for all literary art and that’s better than nothing.

My post was originally going to be a lot longer, but chronic pain triggers depression which triggers pain–the debate of whether the chicken or the egg came first comes into play on this. Overall, I’m not too sure how I feel about getting all the literary pieces in.

Even though I don’t know how I feel, whether it’s shame in myself for finding this a challenge or pride for pushing through the pain and dizzy spells, I do know that I want to try (self)publishing whatever doesn’t get into the magazine. Progenitor’s staff would have ownership of the piece if it gets in after all. That’s not a bad thing, it just means that the magazine would be the only place someone can find it. That’s not a bad thing either, it’s just how it is.

I’ll put up what I submitted if none of the pieces get in and then self-publish whatever the true product will be. A lot of editing had to be done to fit within the 2,000 words or less limits. They’re still complete, I just don’t think they have the same feel as they do with more complexity and different methods of explanation.

Maybe I’ll be able to properly reflect when I feel better later. I just don’t want to let pain, illness and depression rob me of my ability to write. It’s the bets thing I’ve got going for what’s left of me, I can’t let it go without a fight.


Progenitor Submissions; What Else?

In the sidebar, you’ll find the magazine I helped with earlier this year.
I submitted some things the other day, checking through with what I have so far and touching them up so that I can get stuff in while I can.
The submission limit policies (which they don’t tell anyone but staff for some reason) is
3 poems
2 short stories
3 art/photography

With that in mind, I still have 1 short story and 3 art pieces left that I can try submitting.

I don’t know what else to do though.

The max is 2k words and I’m limited on what I can draw for the art pieces considering the genre and the manager of the team working on it. Knowing the judges may help, but I also know that it’s a little bias based on the people in charge, which is slightly discouraging…

Even if I don’t get in, there’s still try for other magazines. Even so, I know this one accepts submissions for free and I want to give it a try. If you give it a try, I wish you the best of luck!

I suppose I’m struggling to think of what to draw because of a simple question; abstraction is allowed, but just how abstract can you go with the general fiction genre?

Literary Magazine Duties

The production is treated just like a class: we “meet” twice a week for an hour and a half to discuss the progress of putting the magazine together. In that time, we handle our responsibilities unless it’s assigned as “homework” and we get graded based on whether we can keep the progress going or not.
For our first assignment, we had to check the website and note any changes that are needed.
I made the assumption, based on previous experience with group projects mind you, that any options I had would come across as silly, would get looked over, and the most bubbly person’s say would dominate 90% of everything.


My list of suggestions based on two individuals checking with me impressed the woman in charge enough to get full responsibility for the web design aspect of the magazine. Since it’s made on a pre-existing site and the magazine’s site is from one of their templates, so I’m limited on what I can do. I’m hoping my ideas can improve what’s already there, even though I’d love to change a lot more.

I also got to be responsible for the advertisement–I get to design all the flyers, posters, and any other ads we may produce. I was originally paired with another one of my classmates, but since I volunteered to stay after class, I had the chance to take it over. My extra involvement allows me to have a bigger influence on the final product.
Getting the main picture ready was a lot of fun. I got to get to know the chair of the art department of my community college and one of the art professors. Dedicating two extra hours after class got us almost completely finished with the pieces. all that’s left is to play around with the text info’s typeface and effects. “We have to consider this as a job, right? Then that means being willing to look overtime to get the job done.” impressed them far more than I expected.

It’s possible that my previous experience with self-publishing can get me some more responsibilities with this magazine. The woman in charge was incredibly impressed with the fact I had two books out and produced them on my own. For her, that was experience that can be applied to the cover and internal design.

Even if you think it’s silly to do, believe it or not, there’s a lot of experience to brag about when self-publishing. Accomplishing huge sales isn’t always needed to have skills to offer.

Below is a link to the literary magazine itself. It’s free to submit. You don’t need to be a student to submit either. We are accepting fiction, Poetry, Art/Photography and Music.