I have started a new online journal dedicated to nonfiction. It's called "234" and housed at www.234journal.com. My partners in crime for this endeavor are Tim Peeler and Jerry Sain.
We posted our first essay, "Dealing with Death" by Charles Aguilar, on May 5. We followed that up the next day with "Lady Black Lace" by Katie Jordan Snyder. Other first week posts were Malaika King Albrecht's "The Ride," Beth Browne's "Sandy," and Ted Wojtasik's "Stanley Kunitz, the Gardener and the Poet." So far, then, we've had essays about addiction, rehab, homelessness, buying a dress for a military ball, and poetry.
We're open to all topics and all styles. In fact, in contrast to the preponderence of personal essays that marked our first week, two of the essays coming out next week could easily been considered "how-to" essays. Our only stated criteria are that essays be interesting and well-written. We do suggest that they're under 2500 words, but if it's really good, we're not likely to turn it away if it's 2600. The tagline for the journal is "writing that needs to be read," by which I mean writing that "deserves" to be read. Finding a readership for nonfiction is not an easy task, and I hope that by doing this journal, we can help these very worthy thoughts achieve just a bit more consideration. Over the first week we've had an average of 60 visitors per day. It's gratifying to know that many people are reading these essays which might otherwise have only been seen by a select few friends, family members or colleagues.
Take a look, or better yet, "subscribe" so that you'll receive notice whenever a new essay is put up. You might even decide you want to send us something yourself.
Causes Scott Owens Supports
Poetry Hickory Hickory Soup Kitchen Temple Beth Shalom Hickory Women's Resources Center