Announcing Paper Darts 3.0
Earlier this year, our octolady let her laptop battery run dry and went on walkabout to re-learn how to keep lit alive. While she was away, she grew some arms and took up archery to survive in the lit mag wilderness (with the illustrative help of Allegra Lockstadt). Today, she's back and ready to sling some arrows dipped in the most potent art and lit in her quiver. (Insert Hunger Games joke here.)
Archery aside, Paper Darts went through a lot this year. Because sharing stories is what we do, we couldn't be more excited to tell you about it.
Let us break it down for you:
1. WE HAVE A NEW FOCUS.
Maybe you've heard through our submissions process that we are no longer publishing poetry online. Although it broke our hearts to do this, we haven't given up on poetry altogether. We'll still publish it in print, along with longer fiction, where we know people read it. With that off our plates, we can focus our website on publishing the best short fiction under 1,000 words.
2. WE HAVE A NEW WEBSITE.
Oh, good, you already noticed! We still have our art, lit, poetry, and blog archives up and running from our old site, and we are chomping at the bit to fill them up with new stuff. Our art and custom illustrations are still the same—for now. As you poke around, notice how sleek it looks on your mobile device. Kind of makes you want to read more, doesn't it?
3. WE HAVE A CONTEST WINNER!
Remember when we attempted to cajole the entire Internet into submitting to our contest? Well, it worked. The amazing Lindsay Hunter picked one story from a batch of five anonymous finalists and picked the glorious winner, which you should read immediately.
It's called "Animal Control" by Ryan Bradford.
The fact that Ryan turned out to be the writer once we took our blinders off made it official—we love you even when we don't know who you are. Speaking of submissions...
4. WE'RE FINALLY OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS AGAIN.
We're still not charging a submission fee, so submit until you pass out! For now, we're just accepting fiction under 1,000 words. Keep an eye out for the opportunity to submit for our next print magazine sometime soon.
5. WE MADE AN ALBUM.
Or is it a poetry chapbook? Actually, it's both. This spring, we debuted Amoratorium, the result of over a year's worth of work with Minneapolis musician Brian Laidlaw. Our favorites, Allegra Lockstadt and Dakota Sexton, did all the art and design. Brian did the music and the poetry. All we need now is for you to do the listening.
Phew. That about sums it up for now. Stalk us on the Internet for more updates, and don't forget to stock up on our back issues.