Eclectica Magazine

Eclectica Magazine is one of the oldest surviving online literary publications.[1]

Eclectica Magazine
EditorTom Dooley
CategoriesLiterary magazine
Year founded1996
First issueOctober 1996
CountryUnited States

History and profile

Founded in 1996[2] by Chris Lott and Tom Dooley,[3] Eclectica's extensive and growing archives contain poetry, fiction, non-fiction, miscellany, travel, opinion and reviews by hundreds of authors from around the world.[1] The first issue appeared in October 1996.[3] Dooley, the remaining founder/editor, published a "Best Fiction" anthology in 2003, which was recognized by the IPPY awards as a runner up in the short fiction category for that year.[4] In 2004, Eclectica took top honors in storySouth's Million Writers Award.[5]

Eclectica has published stories by nominees for the Pulitzer Prize (Teresa White),[6] the Nebula Award (Mary Soon Lee)[7] and the Pushcart Prize.

Current and past editors of Eclectica include David Ewald, Chris Lott, Julie King, Mitchel Metz, Kevin McGowin, Paul Sampson, Michael Spice, Elizabeth Glixman, John Reinhard, Jennifer Finstrom, Pamela Gemin and Colleen Mondor. Regular contributors include Stanley Jenkins, C.E. Chaffin, Thomas Hubschman, Don Mager and Ann Skea.[8]

Eclectica Magazine requires a processing fee for submitting content.[9]

See also


  1. ^ a b Eclectica Magazine Interview -
  2. ^ Aaron Jackson. "Eclectica - Review". Sundress Publications. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b Cy Dillon (September 2006). "Ten Years of Publishing Good Writing: Tom Dooley and Eclectica". Virginia Libraries. 52 (3). Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  4. ^ 2004 IPPY Awards
  5. ^ storySouth Million Writers Award 2004
  6. ^ Oct/Nov 2007 Contributor's Notes
  7. ^ Vol. 1, No. 5
  8. ^ About the editors
  9. ^ Their submission guidelines

External links

48 Shades of Brown

48 Shades of Brown is the title of a young-adult novel by Australian author Nick Earls, published by Penguin Books in 1999. The novel was awarded Children's Book of the Year: Older Readers by the Children's Book Council of Australia in 2000. The novel has been adapted into a play and a film.

Friendly Fascism (book)

Friendly Fascism: The New Face of Power in America is a book written by American social scientist and professor of political science at Hunter College Bertram Gross and published on June 1, 1980 by M. Evans & Company as a 419-page hardback book containing 440 quotations and sources. The book examines the history of fascism and based on the growth of big business and big government describes possible political scenarios for a future United States. According to a 1981 review in the journal Social Justice, the book is described as "timely" on a subject requiring serious consideration and is about the dangers of fascism, focusing primarily on the United States, but being aware that monopoly capitalism needs to be understood internationally since capitalism "is not a national mode of production".In 2016, the book prompted the following response right after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States: "The next wave of fascists will not come with cattle cars and concentration camps, but they'll come with a smiley face and maybe a TV show. [...] That’s how the 21st-century fascists will essentially take over".

Garrick Davis

Garrick Davis is an American poet and critic. He was born in Los Angeles, California in 1971.

Joachim Neugroschel

Joachim Neugroschel (13 January 1938—23 May 2011) was a multilingual literary translator of French, German, Italian, Russian, and Yiddish. He was also an art critic, editor, and publisher.

Kevin Brown (poet)

Kevin Brown (born July 9, 1970) is an American poet, author and teacher. He has published three full collections of poems--Liturgical Calendar: Poems; A Lexicon of Lost Words; and Exit Lines, as well as a memoir, Another Way: Finding Faith, Then Finding It Again. He has also published essays in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Academe, InsideHigherEd, The Teaching Professor, and Eclectica Magazine. He has published a work of scholarship--They Love to Tell the Story: Five Contemporary Novelists Take on the Gospels—as well as critical articles on Kurt Vonnegut, John Barth, Ralph Ellison, Tony Earley, and what English majors do after graduation.

Kevin McGowin

Kevin McGowin (1970 in Birmingham, Alabama – January 18, 2005 in Birmingham) was an American writer, college teacher and typewriter enthusiast. Holding degrees in literature from Auburn University at Montgomery and the University of Florida, he taught literature and creative writing, moving from one college to another quite often, before he decided to become a full-time writer. He lived in Birmingham, Micanopy, Denver, Raleigh, New Hampshire, New York City, New Orleans, and then back in his native Birmingham, where he died in a tragic accident, choking on food.

He was first noticed as a poet, with such collections as Bogus Pastimes (1993), Wild Afflictions (1994), and The Better Part of a Fortnight (1999).Initially his fiction was published online, notably the three novels known as "The Benny Poda Trilogy": The Benny Poda Years (2001), Town Full of Hoors (2001) and What God Has Joined Together (2002), all written and posted "a chapter a day". The trilogy is his only major work of fiction published in print. His last novel, Flies in the Buttermilk, was serialized online in 2003–2004. All these are social satires, with some elements of supernatural and macabre, spiced up with a considerable amount of strong language. McGowin showed a more lyrical side in his short stories, to be found on various websites online; Slender Accidents (2004) being a major collection of vignettes.

Kevin McGowin was a noted reviewer, contributing for years to Oyster Boy Review magazine and Eclectica Magazine, where he was appointed Reviews Editor in 2003.He also recorded a CD of original folk songs entitled Love & Pity (A Priori, 2000).

Lisa Jane Persky

Lisa Jane Persky (born May 5, 1955) is an American actress, journalist, author, artist, and photographer. She is best known for her supporting roles in the films The Great Santini (1979) and Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), and her work in the late 1970s as a writer and photojournalist for New York Rocker magazine.

List of literary magazines

This is a list of literary magazines and journals: periodicals devoted to book reviews, creative nonfiction, essays, poems, short fiction, and similar literary endeavors.

Because the majority are from the United States, country of origin is only listed for those outside the U.S. Please list in parentheses the first year of publication, after name of literary magazine.

Only those magazines that are exclusively published online are identified as such.

Literary magazine

A literary magazine is a periodical devoted to literature in a broad sense. Literary magazines usually publish short stories, poetry, and essays, along with literary criticism, book reviews, biographical profiles of authors, interviews and letters. Literary magazines are often called literary journals, or little magazines, terms intended to contrast them with larger, commercial magazines.

Martin Pousson

Martin Pousson (born April 13, 1966) is an American novelist, poet, and professor.

He was born and raised in Louisiana, in the Cajun French bayou land of Acadiana. Some of his favorite writers include James Baldwin , Carson McCullers , and Truman Capote , as well as John Rechy.

His first novel, No Place, Louisiana (2002), was published by Riverhead Books, and it tells the story of a Cajun family, a troubled marriage, and an American dream gone wrong set in Louisiana's bayou country. The novel was praised by Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Cunningham and was acclaimed in reviews by The Advocate, Publishers Weekly, New York Daily News, The Boston Globe, and the Los Angeles Times. No Place, Louisiana was a finalist for the John Gardner Book Award in Fiction.His first collection of poetry, Sugar (2005), was published by Suspect Thoughts Press, and it centers on the lives of outsiders, especially Cajuns, Southerners and gay men. Some of the poems also deal with racism and the AIDS epidemic. The collection was praised by Alfred Corn and Jake Shears, and it was named a finalist for the 2006 Lambda Literary Awards for Poetry. He says that this collection would not have ever been published if it were not for a friend's saved copy of the manuscript.

In 2005, he was named one of the Leading Men of the Year by Instinct magazine, alongside Jake Shears, Robert Gant, and Keith Boykin.

In 2014, he won a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing (Fiction).

His second novel, Black Sheep Boy (2016), was published by Rare Bird Books. A PEN limited edition was released by Rare Bird in 2017, and a paperback edition followed in 2018. The novel-in-stories centers on a queer boy, the son of a mixed-race mother and a Cajun French father, set in the bayous of Louisiana. Some of the stories involve horror, fantasy, and magic realism, featuring werewolves, skinwalkers, and voodoo healers. A selection of those stories won a NEA Fellowship. Black Sheep Boy was praised by the Los Angeles Times, The Millions, and Lambda Literary, as well as by the writers Aimee Bender, Ben Loory, and Justin Torres. Stories from the novel were anthologized in Best Gay Stories 2017 and Best Gay Speculative Fiction 2017. Black Sheep Boy was featured on NPR: The Reading Life, as a Los Angeles Times Literary Pick, as a finalist for the On Top Down Under Book of the Year, and as a Book Riot Must-Read Indie Press Book. In 2017, Black Sheep Boy won the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction. In 2018, Black Sheep Boy was a shortlist finalist for the Simpson Family Literary Prize, founded by Joyce Carol Oates and UC Berkeley.

His stories, poems, and essays have appeared in The Advocate, Antioch Review, Cimarron Review, Eclectica Magazine, Epoch, Five Points, Gay City Anthology , Los Angeles Review of Books, The Louisiana Review, New Orleans Review, NPR: The Reading Life, Parnassus, The Rattling Wall, The Rumpus, StoryQuarterly, TriQuarterly.

He has taught at Columbia University in New York City, at Rutgers University in New Jersey and at Loyola University New Orleans. He is currently a Professor of English at California State University, Northridge, in Los Angeles. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program and the Queer Studies Program, and some of his most popular courses include Narrative Writing, Advanced Narrative Writing, Theories of Fiction, and Gay Male Writers. At California State University, Northridge he won the Outstanding Creative Accomplishment Award, the Jerome Richfield Scholar Award, and an Excellence in Teaching Award.

Million Writers Award

Million Writers Award is a short story literary award presented annually by storySouth since 2003. It honors the best online short stories. The award is structured to be egalitarian allowing for anyone to nominate a story including readers, authors, editors and publishers; prize money is donated by readers and writers; and the winners are selected by public vote from a short-list of entries selected by judges.

Molara Wood

Molara Wood (born 1967) is a Nigerian creative writer, journalist and critic, who has been described as "one of the eminent voices in the Arts in Nigeria". Her short stories, flash fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including African Literature Today, Chimurenga, Farafina Magazine, Sentinel Poetry, DrumVoices Revue, Sable LitMag, Eclectica Magazine, The New Gong Book of New Nigerian Short Stories (ed. Adewale Maja-Pearce, 2007), and One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories (ed. Chris Brazier; New Internationalist, 2009). She currently lives in Lagos.


Mondor is a surname. It may refer to:

Ben Mondor, American baseball team owner

Card Mondor (1922-2001), Australian magician and stage performer

Colleen Mondor, an editor of Eclectica Magazine

Émilie Mondor (1981-2006), Canadian Olympic athlete

Henri Mondor (1885-1962), French physician and historian

Pierre Mondor, a character in Too Many Cooks, a Nero Wolfe novel by American author Rex Stout

Queen Mab (poem)

Queen Mab; A Philosophical Poem; With Notes, published in 1813 in nine cantos with seventeen notes, is the first large poetic work written by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822), the English Romantic poet. After substantial reworking, a revised edition of a portion of the text was published in 1816 under the title The Daemon of the World.

Soma Mei Sheng Frazier

Soma Mei Sheng Frazier is a biracial American author living in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she served as a 2017 San Francisco Library Laureate. Her fiction chapbooks, Salve (Nomadic Press) and Collateral Damage: A Triptych (Ropewalk Press), earned praise from Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), Nikki Giovanni, Antonya Nelson, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Molly Giles, Michelle Tea and others. Collateral Damage: A Triptych won the 2013 RopeWalk Press Editor's Fiction Chapbook Contest although, per Frazier's website, the first story in the collection was truncated by the publisher.

Frazier's writing has placed in literary competitions offered by HBO, Zoetrope: All-Story, the Mississippi Review and more. Her online work has been published by Eclectica Magazine, Carve Magazine, Eleven Eleven and Kore Press, and she has been interviewed by CBS, SF Weekly and Women's Quarterly Conversation, among others. After earning first place in a contest, Frazier wrote this brief article on literary craft. She has earned multiple Pushcart Prize nominations, and one of her award-winning short fiction pieces, which first appeared in Carve Magazine, was named a Notable Story by the storySouth Million Writers Award authors. Recent work is available in Glimmer Train, issue 96, and ZYZZYVA, issue 106. She acts as final judge of the Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest.

Frazier serves as Assistant Professor and Chair at Cogswell College. Previously, she served as Associate Director of Foundation and Government Support at KQED, a San Francisco Bay Area public media source, and held the dual role of Literary Arts Chair and Director of Institutional Advancement at Oakland School for the Arts where she served as Senior Editor for Enizagam, a publication that she overhauled in 2011 to become the first nationally known literary journal written by and for adults, but published by an urban secondary school staff. Her most recent literary project is COG, a multimedia publication that she launched with her undergraduate student staff at Cogswell College.

Stranger on the Loose

Stranger on the Loose (2003) is the second book by American author D. Harlan Wilson. It contains twenty-seven irreal short stories and flash fiction as well as a novella, "Igsnay Bürdd the Animal Trainer." Pieces in this collection originally appeared in magazines and journals such as Eclectica Magazine, The Dream People, Locus Novus, 3 A.M. Magazine, Jack Magazine, Diagram, Riverbabble and Redsine. The book is illustrated by British storyboard artist Simon Duric.

Stravinsky's Lunch

Stravinsky's Lunch (1999) is a biography by Australian author Drusilla Modjeska. It won the ALS Gold Medal and the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards for Non-Fiction, both in 2000.

The Taqwacores

The Taqwacores is the debut novel by Michael Muhammad Knight, depicting a fictitious Islamic punk rock scene. The title is a portmanteau of taqwa, an Islamic concept of love and fear for Allah, and Hardcore, the punk rock subgenre. Some of the most popular taqwacore bands are: The Kominas, Al-Thawra, Secret Trial Five, and Fedayeen.

Knight originally self-published The Taqwacores in DIY zine format, giving copies away for free until finding distribution with Alternative Tentacles, the punk record label founded by Jello Biafra. After receiving an endorsement from Peter Lamborn Wilson (aka Hakim Bey), the novel was published by radical press Autonomedia. A UK version is published by Telegram Books. In its Italian translation, the novel is retitled Islampunk.

The narrator of The Taqwacores, Yusuf Ali, is a Pakistani American engineering student from Syracuse, New York, who lives off campus with a diverse group of Muslims in their house in Buffalo. Besides being their home, the house serves as a place to have punk parties and a place for Muslims not comfortable with the Muslim Student Association or local mosques to have Friday prayer.

The book also inspired a documentary entitled Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam, directed by Omar Majeed, which follows author Michael Muhammad Knight and several Taqwacore bands across the United States. It was released in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, at the Cinéma du Parc on October 19, 2009.

Soft Skull Press is publishing the revised edition, which became available in December 2008.

Tom Dooley (editor)

Tom Dooley (born 1970) was the founder of Eclectica Magazine along with Chris Lott in 1996. Dooley was born on an island in the Aleutian Chain and attended high school in Tok, Alaska, graduating in 1988. He went to college in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Chicago, Illinois, studying creative writing under Tom Churchill and Richard G. Stern.

For the next eleven years, he taught and coached a variety of subjects and grades in Alaska, Arizona, and Wisconsin before taking a degree in public administration and settling in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He lives there today and works for the government, continuing to edit Eclectica in his spare time.

Dooley is a strong proponent of online publishing which he says results in a unique style of writing being published online.

In 2003, Dooley edited the anthology Eclectica Magazine Best Fiction V1, which was a finalist for the Independent Publisher Book Award. In 2016, the Eclectica imprint released four new "best of" collections, Best Fiction V2, Best Nonfiction V1, Best Poetry V1, and Speculative Edition V1, as well as a collection of travel writing by William Reese Hamilton titled Tales of Choroní: Little Adventures in the Middle of Nowhere.Dooley also contributes to Eclectica as an op-ed writer in the magazine's Salon section, has done the occasional music review, and once interviewed well-known conspiracy theorist Michael Ruppert. His review of Willis Alan Ramsey's self-titled debut album and his discussion of John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee character are popular links.

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