Front Porch Commons: A New Online Forum


CLMP–the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (formerly Council of Literary Magazines and Presses)–announces an exciting new online forum by and for members of the independent literary publishing community.

Launching Summer 2015

What is Front Porch Commons? and Who is it for?
Front Porch Commons provides a virtual space for sharing that’s produced by and for you–be a part of it! We will welcome comments, articles, essays and blog posts from all who participate in or are interested in independent literary publishing–that includes publishers, authors, readers, librarians, educators, historians, booksellers and all who care about our community. We will be announcing our editorial board soon. Topics for pieces to submit are up to you, and could be anything from “People of Color and Indie Lit Publishing” to “History of Erasure Texts” to “How Libraries Build Small Press Collections” to “Creating Poetry for Digital Formats” to “Guerilla Distribution of Lit Mags” to “How I Partnered With My Publisher” to “The Chapbook and Zine Revolution”… it’s up to you.
How do I Write for Front Porch Commons?
Feel free to send us queries or pitches, or go ahead and send us a full piece. We will publish all submissions, as long as they are not personal attacks, previously published, or promotional material. Note that we will edit all submissions. While initial project seed grant money lasts, we’ll also pay for longer submissions (see below for details). Please allow us a month to respond to any query or article sent, but we’ll try to get back sooner. Make the subject header of your pitch or piece: Front Porch Commons + Your Last Name and email to Example: Front Porch Commons Jones. We will be publishing BLOG POSTS, ESSAYS and LONG ARTICLES. If sending a piece, please send as a Word attachment. Details below:
Blog Posts:
These will be 500-1000 words and will be lightly edited for style consistency rather than for content. Once the site is up, blog posts will likely appear within a week of submission. Note: we do not currently pay for blog posts.
These will be 1500-2000 words and will go through a more rigorous editing process, which may average one to two months depending on how many we receive. While funding lasts, we will pay $25 for all essays, upon acceptance.
Long Articles:
These will be substantial pieces including research and cited sources. Like the essays above, they will go through a rigorous editing process and may take a couple of months (or longer) to edit. While funding lasts, we will pay $50 for these longer, researched articles.
Upcoming Events
LIt Mag Marathon Weekend | April 25 – 26
  • Publisher Bingle | April 25 | 10 a.m. | CLMP
  • NYC Erasure Festival | April 25 | 2 p.m. | NYPL
  • Lit Mag Fair | April 26 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Housing Works Bookstore & Cafe
  • Book Fair | 12 – 5 p.m. | NYU
  • Mingle | May 19 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. | CLMP