announcements, errata, hobnobbery
ALR READERS: PLEASE
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
While we proceed with expensive and lengthy litigation, please help
us diminish the tarnishing and dilution of ALR's reputation by
linking to our new URL absintheliteraryreview.com
and informing current link owners across the web about the now spurious
nature of our former URL. Also, do not visit our former URL as traffic is
what they most desire.
Due to our editorial restructuring, a substantial backlog, and our issues with cybersquatters, the Best of ALR Poetry issue will be published on some indefinite future date.
ALR is again seeking qualified individuals to read and potentially edit short fiction or poetry. All positions are non-paying volunteer positions, though this subject will be revisited when we make the eventual jump to print. This is a great opportunity for up-and-coming and college level writers to bolster their writing skills, editorial acumen and credentials through exposure to a broad range of fiction or poetry. Prospective applicants should first read our submission guidelines to see if they can read with an effective eye to ALR’s editorial mission, and then submit a query letter including general qualifications, a succinct and pertinent C.V. and writing samples in fiction or poetry. We may additionally ask candidates for references, though it is not necessary to submit them with the initial query. Candidates must have the technological capability of reading PC format document files (Word, RTF, text files, etc.) and should have some email program that allows receiving subs and the composition of email responses. Subject line of query must read “ALR Position Query” or it may be deleted. Applications may be made via snail mail as well (see guidelines for address).
The Absinthe Editors’ Prize is awarded annually to the best fiction, poetry
or essay published in the preceding calendar year. Muthoni Garland’s “Odour
of Fate” contained everything we at Absinthe look for in a short story:
vivid and sensuous description, a perfect balance between prosy and poetic
language, a sense of inescapable human obsession, disease, death, sex, you name
it! (We even left the Anglican “Odour” alone—a less than common courtesy
at ALR, despite our deep appreciation of old Will and his English cohorts past
LOCKSS, a system dedicated to archiving important online material, has chosen to work with ALR as the premiere online literary site for their program. A group of British and American Literature librarians from eight institutions self organized to identify high priority, high risk electronic-only titles for preservation through the LOCKSS system. They submitted an initial list of about fifty titles. The selection criteria for this group was intellectual merit. The technical team reviewed this list and chose to work with ALR and one other online literary journal, Blackbird. Selection criteria was based on publisher technical competence. The librarian team had representatives from:
These eight institutions are expected to be the first places ALR will be preserved. A list of all institutions participating in the LOCKSS beta test is available online at http://lockss.stanford.edu/projectstatus.htm. There are roughly 80 libraries in this list. In addition to Stanford, the New York Public Library, Indiana University, and Emory University are partners on the LOCKSS project enabled by a grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation. ALR is proud to be chosen as one of the first LOCKSS literary sites, and our editors look forward to working with the above institutions on this laudable project in the interest of permanently preserving important online literature.
We’re pleased to invite all fans, writers, and readers of The
Absinthe Literary Review to join our new mailing list. Not only will you
receive an email announcement when each new issue goes live, you’ll also be
privy to the latest information regarding contests, prize announcements, and
information about the planned Absinthe print and anthology issues.
We are happy to announce that eligibility for the Absinthe Editors’ Prize has been expanded to include all work published in ALR in each calendar year. As a result, the Eros and Thanatos Prize has been discontinued. Further details can be found in our submission guidelines.