I had the pleasure of attending a panel held by the editor of ROOFTOP SESSIONS at this weekend’s Fest for Beatles Fans, where she announced a call for submissions for the next issue.
Why bring it up here, other than blogger’s prerogative? A few things need to be noted:
* ROOFTOP SESSIONS was an online literary magazine with professional standards years before anyone else out there was taking writing online seriously. The first issue was published in 2000, years before many of the literary sites that are around today were conceived, and kept to a monthly schedule for years.
* The magazine has been a great unique focus, one that allows for a wide number of genres to be served every issue. So long as your piece was (a) tied in some way to the Beatles and (b) met the editorial guidelines and standards, you can get a large variety of fiction with every issue, something that most publications haven’t been able to promise since THE SATURDAY EVENING POST went out of business. (Let’s be honest, this whole ‘accepting one voice and being blinkered from anything new’ thing just isn’t as satisfying as we thought it’d be, right?)
* There is a great literary tradition that’s been built here. Seriously, there’s an online archive of some decent writing across a universe of genres (sorry…) that has material that’s still getting readers today.
*This publication’s history includes some writing I’d done (he couldn’t say with any firm modesty), stuff that in many ways helped lead to this novel. While there may not be any obvious direct connection between these, to write well about a music group in its time required skills and standards that could be used in historical writing in another period; thus, the behind the scenes work involved in looking at four guys from England coming to America with their guitars became handy when looking at a woman on her way to the New World with her cittern…
Hence, my passing along the new call for submissions. Yes, it’s great to see ROOFTOP SESSIONS coming back, though it could better get by with a little help from its friends (again, sorry…) While I and other writers who’ve published there before are more than willing to provide more material, there’s always a need for new voices, new viewpoints. Please, if you have an itch to write, check out the submissions guidelines and see if there’s a tale to tell in you that you’d like to share.
A literary tradition is looking for you. Yes, you too can carry that weight (damn, I gotta STOP these!) and be there when it all starts up again!