Amazon Launches a Literary Journal

Debuting this week, Amazon Publishing has launched a journal that will feature poetry and short fiction. It will be a weekly journal and will highlight on poet and one writer per issue. Here’s more from their press release:

Amazon Publishing today announced Day One, a weekly digital publication dedicated to short fiction–including work from debut authors and stories from around the world translated into English–and poetry. Day One will showcase one writer and one poet per week. The first issue is available today and features the short story “Sheila,” by Rebecca Adams Wright , and “Wrought,” a poem by Zack Strait . An annual subscription to Day One is priced at $19.99 , but for a limited time, Day One will be available at an introductory price of $9.99 for an annual subscription–52 issues in total.

Day One will be delivered seamlessly to customers’ Kindles or free Kindle reading app each week. Each issue will include a note from the editor introducing the writer and poet, as well as occasional bonus content such as playlists, illustrations or brief interviews with the authors. All Day Oneissues will feature cover art commissioned from emerging artists and illustrators, and readers will be able to learn more about the cover and its designer each week.

“Literary journals have long been an important part of giving a voice and a platform to new and undiscovered authors,” said Daphne Durham , Publisher, Adult Trade and Children’s Group. “We are trying to add to that tradition in a digital age. Day One, with its weekly focus on writers and poets, allows us to showcase unique stories and poems and shine a bright light on these authors.”

“Sheila,” by Rebecca Adams Wright , explores the relationship between an elderly widower and his loyal, loving (and robotic) dog. “I’m very excited to participate in the launch of this new program dedicated to short fiction and to have my work reach readers who might not otherwise pick up literary journals,” said Wright, a former Zell fellow, who earned her MFA at the University of Michigan .

“Wrought,” by Zack Strait , who is pursuing his MFA at Wichita State University , is a vivid, unapologetic look at love and identity. “Day One encourages–or even requires–that readers reconsider their personal bias toward fiction or poetry by demonstrating that they’re two equally important poles of the same axis on which the world of literature spins,” said Strait. “I’m honored to have a place among its contributors.”

Forsyth Harmon , an artist and writer based in New York , designed the mechanical heart illustration on the first cover. She received her BA in Visual Arts from Columbia University , where she’s currently a Fiction Writing MFA candidate. She is finishing an illustrated novel called The Woo.

Readers can learn more about Day One and sign up by visiting www.amazon.com/dayone.

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