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    Just Another Writing Magazine?

    Well, here’s the deal. Herman, a friend of ours, Gina, and myself have put out a literary magazine entitled JAW, standing for "just another writing magazine." The first issue came out in September, on the 11th to be exact, with a special section commemorating the 9-11 tragedy.

    Eleven authors contributed to the first issue, and we hope in future issues to have even more. I enclose JAW Magazine’s standard answer to queries from potential contributors:

    "J.A.W. Magazine (Just Another Writing Magazine) wants quality manuscripts of poetry and short fiction (1,500 words max) and literary reviews for their quarterly editions (December , March, July, September). Submissions must be emailed in the text of the email or inserted in Microsoft WORD format at least 30 days prior to publication date (ie. Nov 1 for Dec issue) to jawmag@capital.net . Payment will be in copies of the magazine once published. Copyright will be applied for. No prior publications and no particular style of poetry or fiction is required although quality of writing and generally positive content as opposed to nihilistic complaints in writing will be given precedence. We look for entertainment value as well as high quality writing. Ask yourself, ‘Would I pay to read this material I’m sending if I didn’t know who wrote it?’ If you can answer yes to that without crossing your fingers and spinning around three times then send it."

    The energy in the above statement pretty much encompasses the "seriousness" with which we approach the magazine. This is not to say that we are not taking the project as a whole seriously. We just aren’t taking ourselves too seriously. We are, however, looking for quality work that is fun to read.

    So, in short, we have embarked upon a new venture. If you are curious to look at this magazine, you can find it at The Country Heritage Barn on Route 107 out of Johnstown or at the newly relocated Mysteries on Main Street, now in Johnstown (call 762-BOOK).

    We are actively searching out different distribution venues to carry this magazine and are open to suggestion. Email us at the above e-address. Copies are $2.50 with the first year’s subscription at $10 for the quarterly editions. No, we don’t plan to make any profit off this. Happy reading!

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"