News Item #10

Dear Writers and Readers,

What lies in the shadow of Spam Mountain?

My sincere apologies to all! The crew of “Fae Hoarders” helped me unearth your comments from beneath Spam Mountain. I didn’t mean to slight anyone! Your comments will be posted today, and I will answer any questions as soon as possible.

Rose Red Review is currently accepting submissions, for the Summer issue, until May 21st. The Spring issue will arrive online April 22nd, in celebration of Earth Day. I see many of you have inquired about the reading periods (Again, so sorry!); you may find information about them here, here, and here:

April 15, 2013 – May 21, 2013
July 1, 2013 – August 12, 2013
October 1, 2013 – November 15, 2013
January 1, 2014 – February 20, 2014

Happy Spring! Happy Submitting! I’m super-excited! Exclamation points!

Warm Regards,
Larissa Nash
Rose Red Review

News Item #9

Dear Writers and Readers,

As you may know, the Spring 2013 issue of Rose Red Review has been delayed. It will arrive online April 22nd (Earth Day!). Final decisions will be made by April 15th. The next reading period will open on the 15th as well.

Warm Regards,
Larissa Nash

News Item #8

This message is a long time coming. I will try and be as nice about it as possible, as I am a polite, approachable sort of person, but I am afraid I have to don my editor’s cap. There are Rules:

1) As writers, we often miss deadlines. I am guilty of it myself–just three weeks ago, in fact. I realized how selfish I had been when I considered what happens when writers ignore Rose Red Review‘s deadline. The deadline is in place to give me some time to compile the issue, to work on my own writing, and to give me a bit of a break from editing. Don’t get me wrong–I love what I do–but I am entitled to a break. When I open Submittable the first day of a reading period, and I see there are already fifty individual submissions, most with six poems apiece, dated between the previous deadline and the new reading period, I feel a little stressed. Please only submit work during the open reading period.

In the future, if writers continue to send work outside the reading period, I will have to reject it outright.

2) This rule is unspoken: please try and avoid submitting your work in the three days before the deadline. It won’t be read first. It will be read last. In some cases, as has been the case with the Spring issue, there will be far too many submissions for me to read before the issue is due to go live. I am one woman. I do not have readers. I understand many writers will view it as my fault, but this publication is new. I have prior experience as head editor of a junior college publication (and as a reader, for one of the big print publications), but most students submitted their work the first week of the new reading period. I presumed internet writers would, in their excitement, follow suit. I was not prepared for the last minute influx of submissions. The Spring issue will, therefore, be delayed. Perhaps taking on a reader would solve this problem, but again, if you submit work last minute, because you believe it will be read first, that is not the case with Rose Red Review.

3) I am not “Sir.” I am not “Sirs.” I am “Miss Nash,” “Larissa,” “Editor,” or “Madam.” Please do not submit a cover letter without determining the editor’s sex and title first. It’s a bit impolite.

4) If you are a high school teacher, Rose Red Review is not a practice publication for your students. I feel uncomfortable rejecting high school students, both because I know them to be sensitive, and because I see potential in their work–potential that will likely be realized in college and graduate school. Young writers do not produce the polished work I seek. Encouraging entire classes of young writers to submit to the publication does not benefit anyone.

5) Please do not send e-mail submissions. Please send submissions through Submittable.

6) If you are rejected, please accept it gracefully. I can empathize. Rejection sucks. I am not trying to hurt your feelings. If your work is rejected, that doesn’t mean it is bad. It simply means your work isn’t what I’m looking for. Please do not send me angry letters and demands. It won’t change my mind. If you are confrontational, know that I do not owe you a response. If you politely request to know why I did not accept your work, that is a different story. If you are polite, I will respond. Most editors will not. I know how much of yourselves you put into your work. I don’t want anyone to be upset. Please do not lash out at me.

7) Please do not dismiss the publication on the whole if you have been rejected. There are a lot of talented folks here, and doing so hurts THEM.

It is important to note that we live in the Internet Age. Online publications are fast becoming as valued as print publications. Rose Red Review is here to stay, and I fully intend to build its reputation as one of quality.

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That said, I will have to adjust future deadlines to a month before the publication is scheduled to go live. I had intended to give everyone at least three months to submit work, but as most writers submit their work the last week of the reading period and two weeks past the deadline, I feel I am not cheating anyone in shortening the reading period.

I am very sorry to delay the Spring 2013 publication. It will not be delayed long; however, as I currently have nearly 500 individual pieces to read, I cannot commit to a date at this time. (Although I *do* wish I could commit to April 1st–wouldn’t that be fun?) The necessary changes will take place next reading period, which will begin, not on March 30th, but instead on April 15th. The reading period will end May 21st. I apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Warm Regards,
Larissa Nash
Rose Red Review

News Item #7

Dear Writers and Readers,

You want to submit your work to Rose Red Review. *waves her hand* You may do so here.

/Jedi mind trick

A gentle reminder: please send your submissions through Submittable. E-mail can be unpredictable; plus, I don’t check the e-mail account on a regular basis.

I hope everyone is enjoying the new year thus far! (It’s almost Discount Chocolate Day!)

Warm Regards,
Larissa Nash

News Item #6

Dear Writers and Readers,

In celebration of the New Year, the Winter issue of Rose Red Review is now live! Curl up, get warm, and enjoy the new issue.

And without further ado, I’m incredibly excited to announce my 2012 nominations for the Pushcart Prize:

Dead Ophelia Society by Allie Marini Batts
Eurydice in the Morning by Valentina Cano
Red by Gail Braune Comorat
At Luxor by Amber Decker
Fairy Tale for a Boy’s Bad Day by Sally Rosen Kindred
Leda and Helen by Jennifer Lynn Krohn

Congratulations!

Warm Regards,
Larissa Nash

P.S. If you like, you may follow Rose Red Review on Facebook and on Twitter.

News Item #5

Dear Writers and Readers,

My apologies! I had intended to publish the Winter issue on the Solstice (in celebration of the world not ending–hurrah!), but the holidays are a busy time. (Plus, I was briefly stranded and unable to access Submittable on my cell.) You may expect the new issue on January 1st, 2013, in celebration of the new year! I will announce the Pushcart nominations then as well.

Decisions are still being made, but everyone will receive a response by December 28th. If you celebrate the holidays, have fun out there!

Warm Regards,
Larissa Nash

News Item #4

Dear Writers and Readers,

Happy Autumnal Equinox! The second issue of Rose Red Review is now live.

Also, it is my great pleasure to announce my 2012 nominations for the Best of the Net:

In Fiction:

Two Pieces [Manga Girls Need Love!} by Kyle Hemmings

In Poetry:

Dead Ophelia Society by Allie Marini Batts
Hide by F.J. Bergmann
Eurydice in the Morning by Valentina Cano
At Luxor by Amber Decker
The Mermaid Loses Her Voice by Jeannine Hall Gailey
CRIMSON ENDS by Jennifer Givhan

Congratulations to everyone for being awesomely talented!

Of note: I also plan to nominate six pieces from the first two issues for the Pushcart Prize. I will announce these nominations once the Winter 2012 issue goes live!

Warm Regards,
Larissa Nash

News Item #2

Dear Writers:

The deadline has passed. Thank you so much for your wonderful submissions! I will notify you of my decision by June 15th.

The inaugural issue is set to go live on June 20th. I will open Rose Red Review to submissions again on June 30th.

Warm Regards,
Larissa Nash

News Item #1

I’m so excited to announce the forthcoming debut issue of Rose Red Review! If you would like to submit your art, fiction, photography, and/or poetry, please read about the publication, review the guidelines, and then submit your work by midnight (wherever you are) on June 10, 2012. The debut issue will appear ten days later, to mark the passage of Spring.

Artists and photographers, I invite you to take part in a contest: I’d like to feature an image of Rose Red, the fairy tale character, here. Please submit your original art and photography by midnight June 10, 2012, with the note “Snow White’s Sister.” Feel free to interpret the character however you like!

Your Editor,
Larissa Nash