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Online Literary Magazines Decoded – Open Road Review

Landscape by Ira Joel Haber

Landscape by Ira Joel Haber – Courtesy Open Road Review

On the Home Page of the Open Road Review (ORR), you click the ‘blog’ tab, eagerly, because ‘blog’ is your second most-favourite word after ‘creativity’. Yes, you are a wee bit surprised to see a blog hosted by a lit-mag, but then you realize you shouldn’t be because isn’t a blog-post about writing too as are poetry and prose? Your eyes alight on “How do I know which story will be accepted and when will be the right time?” – the title of one of the posts. A wry smile is your answer to Fiction Editor Shanti Perez’s response to that question: “simple answer: you don’t.” Are all Tamil-Brahmins Fair-skinned? Understanding Web Statistics; Rape happens: these are some of the other titles that intrigue you.

ORR has a lot to offer. In the very first issue (May 2012 and then published every quarter), founder-editor Kulpreet Yadav, says, “if we can’t change the world with the money that we don’t have, let’s give words a chance. This is the beginning of a new journey.”

And the journey, no doubt, has been exciting and eventful, you presume, as you notice the lively editorials which provide snippet-sized peeps into the founder-editor’s personal experiences/adventures. And the fun doesn’t end. ORR has arguably many firsts:

  • Audio recordings of some of the stories and poems for those who prefer to hear rather than read them.
  • Praises, comments and questions from readers merit their very own “Feedback from Readers” section.

Guest editors for the poetry section in the past have included Amit Dahiyabadshah, founder of the India Poetree Foundation who aimed to host the biggest single city Poetry event ever: Dilli Kavita Kumbh – The Thousand Poets’ Readings and The Great Poetry Marathon- a world record event.

ORR publishes the best from India and around the world, works of both published as well as emerging writers. As you salivate over the amazing artwork by Ira Joel Haber, you know you can’t hold yourself back, and with a steaming cup of cardamom tea you are ready to give yourself up to the pleasures of the other offerings of the current issue (August 2013/ Issue 6) of this lit-mag.

Do check out the Facebook fan page.

If you are a writer:

  • ORR pays Rs.1000 for all solicited works of fiction / poetry / artwork / creative nonfiction while on the other hand there is no fee for submissions.
  • Submissions are open for short fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, visual art and even blogposts.
  • The editorial team really prefers you to send your submission in the body of the email, except for fiction which you have to submit as an attachment, too. Please read the guidelines carefully for the complete information.
  • Though there is no specific theme, the editors are “looking for literary work that is influential, yet elegant in a subtle way, fiction that effortlessly takes the reader to a deeper level, revealing the human condition without sloshing the flow of consciousness over its banks.”
  • Submissions for Issue 7 will remain open from 20th August – 15th October, 2013 while the issue is expected to be out on 1st November, 2013.

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