News Item #30

Dear Writers and Readers,

Rose Red Review is now closed, though it will reopen for submissions again sometime in the future. I can’t say for certain when it will reopen, only that it will.

Be well.

Warm Regards,
Larissa Nash
Rose Red Review

News Item #27

Dear Writers and Readers,

As you read the latest issue, you’ll notice its themes are a bit heavy for summer. I started Rose Red Review, in part, because the world is too much sometimes. Everyday magic encompasses more than fanciful fairy tale retellings. It’s beauty in a brutal world. It’s birdsong. It’s heartache. It’s twinkle lights in a crumbling, dirty train station. It’s maintaining a sense of wonder when the world goes to shit. Claudia Serea’s poem, “Autumn Walk,” conveys this sense of wonder amid chaos. Its message is the main theme for Summer 2016.

I’m heartsick. Rose Red Review isn’t a political publication, but it’s a place for diverse voices: black, white, brown, gay, straight, and of many faiths. You matter. In this climate of fear and uncertainty, you matter, no matter how many people insist you don’t. Keep that in mind as you read the selected stories and poems.

Any time it gets to be too much, look for something beautiful, even if it’s just a discarded piece of pearlescent seashell on a city sidewalk. Magic exists. It’s life and all the little details.

Warm Regards,
Larissa Nash

News Item #26

Dear Writers and Readers,

Spring is in the air, and Rose Red Review is about to celebrate her Sweet Sixteen—her sixteenth issue, that is. My, how time flies!

I present a new tapestry of themes: darkness as sympathetic monster, a flock of birds as ferryman, sea creatures, a crossing over, the last embers of love, self-examination, the end of the world. Think Winter, stepping aside for Spring.

Happy Reading!

Warm Regards,
Larissa Nash

News Item #25

Dear Writers and Readers,

Merry Solstice! The Winter 2015 issue of Rose Red Review is now live. I present to you a woven tapestry of stories and poems! (If you read the pieces in only one issue in order, please let it be this one.) If you’re rained-in, as I am, search for any motifs and themes these works may share. What you find may support the theory of a collective unconscious; if nothing else, it will provide insight into my selection process as an editor.

Happy reading!

Warm Regards,
Larissa Nash

News Item #24

Dear Writers and Readers,

Happy Autumn! The new issue of Rose Red Review is now live. This issue is one of my favorite issues thus far. Here, the witches are grannies from West Virginia, and the ghosts are our faithful friends. Men become trees, and music permeates the walls. What shakes, rattles, and rolls can linger—at turns “silent, dark /
and stuttersilver.” — Amy Durant

Happy reading!

Warm Regards,
Larissa Nash

(Also, if you haven’t already, please check out our header contest!)

News Item #23

Dear Writers and Readers,

We’re holding a contest for a new header image! Our current header image is an altered version of Lillian Westcott Hale’s Portrait of a Girl (Agnes and Her Cat) (1917), known affectionately here as “Sideways Girl.” After much contemplation (and a few e-mail exchanges pondering whether “Sideways Girl” is too feminine), I’ve decided it’s time for a change. The winning image will replace “Sideways Girl.” A runner-up will replace the image that appears on our About page.

Here are the deets:

Imagine Rose Red Review as a tapestry. What does this tapestry look like? How does it reflect the works published here? What role does our muse, Rose Red, play? If this publication were an enchanted mirror hanging on a wall, what might we glimpse in it? If we were to step through this mirror, what would we find?

Our current header image has a resolution of 750×392; please use this resolution as a loose guide. (Too small, too large, or too tall likely won’t work.) Please send us 1-2 pieces of original, unpublished artwork and/or photography in .jpg format. This contest is open until November 1, 2015. Please submit your entries here.

Good luck!

Warm Regards,
Larissa Nash

News Item #21

Dear Writers and Readers,

The new issue of Rose Red Review is now live. Many of these pieces address the longing for connection, biding one’s time, a passing. How appropriate, as we move from Winter to Spring.

Happy Equinox, and Happy Reading!

Warm Regards,
Larissa Nash