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Well, we've made it; this issue marks the one year for GlassFire and the end of volume one. A big thank you to everyone who has sent us poems, fiction, nonfiction, and artwork over the past year. We hope you continue to think of GlassFire when you're sending out submissions, and we hope to hear from those of you who haven't submitted anything yet.
We'd also like to encourage writers and artists from outside the US to submit to our magazine. In our last issue, we published a story by Bob Ritchie, a writer from Puerto Rico. In this issue, we have poems by Janet Thorning of Canada and Petra McQueen of the United Kingdom. We've also received submissions from Israel, Nigeria, Italy, and the Czech Republic. We welcome submissions from anyone and everyone, regardless of location, and if you email us your work, you don't even have to include International Reply Coupons!
For this issue, we wanted to talk a little bit about the kinds of writing we're looking for. For poetry, we're looking for pieces that grab us, poems that capture a moment in time or tell a story. We generally don't go for poems that are overly abstract, too wordy, or use a overly obvious rhyme scheme (unless it's a specific form like a sonnet). We love poems that are accessible to everyone and poems that show the poet isn't afraid to take a chance and try something unique. We don't care about form—we'll publish free verse, haiku, sonnets, villanelles, even limericks if they're good. Likewise, we welcome experimental poems and prose-poetry.
For fiction, we're all about the well-written, well-crafted story. Like all editors, the first page, really the first paragraph, is key. You've probably heard editors say that if they aren't hooked by the bottom of page one, they won't read any more. Sadly, this is true. With the sheer volume of work that magazine editors have to do, there just isn't time to read every story all the way to the end. This means that even if your piece has a great ending or some amazing character development on page seven, the first page has to have something that makes us keep reading that far. We can't tell you what that something is because it's almost always unique to the story: a mystery, a three-dimensional character, some witty dialog, or sometimes just a few well-written phrases will do the trick.
This isn’t to say we won’t accept pieces of fiction that need work, but be sure to submit the most polished version of your work to ensure our best response. Don’t be offended by these comments and suggestions, as they are solely intended to help you out on your journey to becoming a better writer.
Once again, this year has been amazing for us! We had a dream of starting a webzine that would reach readers and writers all over the world, and it looks like we may have actually accomplished this. Thanks to all of you out there who took the time to stop by our little zine. We hope to see you again in the future.
-Matt & Kristina