Thursday, December 3, 2009


I just wanted to announce that The LSLR is now on Facebook. Let's be friends!

Also, there has been a post about the journal on the Logan-Square-oriented blog Peopling Places.

Thanks Lynn for giving the journal its first piece of press!

The submissions are looking great, and even though there's plenty of time until the January 1st submission deadline for the winter issue, why hesitate?


Now, off!
Write with vigor!

Sunday, November 29, 2009


Issue 1 Now Available at Four Retail Locations

Submissions are still trickling in, keep them coming! There's still plenty of time left until the January 1st deadline, but don't hesitate, submit your work!

Issue 1 is now available for sale at four north-side retail locations. Please give them your business and undying love! Issue 1 would make a great stocking-stuffer...

Myopic Books
1564 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622-2008
(773) 862-4882

Quimby's Books

1854 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 342-0910

Wolfbait & B-girls Boutique

3131 W Logan Blvd
Chicago, IL
‎ 60647
(312) 698-8685

G-Mart Comics
2641 N. Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 384-0400

Thanks again to all those who have submitted, and those who are about to submit. The pieces I've received so far has been great, keep up the good work!

Now, Off!
Write With Vigor!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

one weekend and counting

The Inaugural Issue of The Logan Square Literary Review is Now Available!

Issue 1 is available through paypal on this site, or you can find it on the shelves at Gmart Comics and Wolfbait & B-girls in Logan Square.

We will continue to pursue avenues of distribution, more on that to come.

Our reception was a fine success, thanks to the hospitality of New Wave Coffee. Our thanks to Otter and the staff there.

Thanks to everyone who came to celebrate the inaugural issue, keep checking back for updates of LSLR related activites as they develop.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Issue 1 is here!

The inaugural issue of The Logan Square Literary Review is now available!

Our 30 page baby is for sale for $5, plus shipping, on this site, or come visit at the reception this friday to skip shipping costs!

The reception is this friday, November 13, from 8 to 10 pm at New Wave Coffee, 2557 N Milwaukee Ave, in Logan Square.

Also available for sale are two splendid little buttons to wear on your jacket, backpack, through your septum, wherever! Our thanks to Alex, Eric and the staff at Busy Beaver Button co. for these little beauties. Both feature drawings of the journal's logo, drawn by artist Aaron Miller

The circle is selling for $1, and the square, for $2.

You can order through paypal on this site, or send your order and a 5"x7" or larger self adressed stamped envelope to:

The Logan Square Literary Review
3220 W Armitage Ave. apt. 303
Chicago, IL 60647

Once again, 100% of the funds raised from issue and button sales are going back into the production fund for the winter issue.

I've extended the submission deadline for the winter issue to January 1st. Please keep the submissions coming!

Feel free to come to the reception even if you're just curious about the publication and want to know how you can get involved.

I'm still in talks with a few Logan Square businesses whom are willing to carry the journal, more information about them will be posted as decisions are made.

I'm excited and proud of the work I and the contributors have done and it is my hope that this neighborhood enjoys reading this project as much as I have producing it.

Now, Off!
Write with vigor!

Friday, October 30, 2009

So, close, and yet...

Greetings fellow word enthusiasts!

We are in the final stages of pre-production here, all the artwork has been collected, a printer and binder has been secured, and we've even began talks with our friends at the Busy Beaver Button company to produce a slew of promotional buttons for the journal.

Needless to say, things are shaping up nicely, but we'll need more time. I know that everyone is anxiously awaiting the first issue, but, to rush is to falter. So we have had to reset our release date, and I am giving a solemn promise that the first issue will be out no later than the second saturday in November, the 14th. Please stay true. And patient.

Please continue to submit work, and information about where the journal will be available and where the release party will be will be posted shortly.

Now, Off!
Write With Vigor!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Open Call for artwork

Greetings, friends!

The first issue design is being polished and the final business of putting this publication out for the community to enjoy is being addressed as quickly as humanly possible. However, I have encountered one obstacle.

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I am still in need of artwork for the publication. After a few failures to obtain work from specific people, the idea was hatched that since there has been such a great response from the community over the text submissions, why not open the call for artwork to the same people?

So here we are:

Please submit artwork for publication in the journal!

This artwork will serve as the cover art, interior artwork, and the logo for the journal on any business card, website (this one!!!) or mail involving the publication.

I'm looking for a simple line drawing of a fox. Please keep it simple. Shading will not be refused, but with all respect to the artist's vision: the simpler, the better. This will also ensure that the image is easy to manipulate once on the page layout.

Please do feel free to experiment and let your imagination run wild with this project, but there are three main ideas I'd like to see before anything else:

First, a fox curled up asleep.
Second, a fox landing on his front paws with its tail up in the air, i.e. how a cat would land if jumping down off a table.
Third, we'd like to see the fox asleep under a tree. For this I'd like 4 separate drawings of the fox under the tree. Each of the four would represent a different season, and that season would be reflected in the state of the tree. Full of leaves for summer, falling leaves for fall, bare for winter, and flowers for spring.

If any other ideas are spawned, please do include them! Please send the drawings via email, or if you're in the area, we can meet up to talk about your work.

Once a set of drawings have been decided on, I will have you redraw them in ink, which will then be scanned and placed on the page!

This IS a poor-man's project, so the only compensation I can offer is the pride of knowing that you've contributed to the LSLR, and to make it that much better for your neighborhood to enjoy.

The deadline for sending the first issue to the printer is quickly approaching, and at this point, the artwork is the only thing holding me back from sending the file to the printer, so as soon as I have art, you'll have the journal!

In other news...

The LSLR is going to feature a section entitled the "To-do List," which will offer suggestions of fun things to do, see, eat, drink, or experience for the next season. I'd also like to open this section up to the public, and see what you people think would be fun to do this winter! Send me suggestions of things to add to the list and I will! It's that simple!!

Thank you again Logan Square, take care of yourself, and the people around you.

Now, Off!
Write With Vigor!

Sunday, September 20, 2009


And so the fall deadline has passed!

Thanks to all who have submitted, we have received some wonderful material that is going to help make this inaugural issue quite stellar indeed.

I'll take this opportunity to set the deadline for the next issue, which will be published this winter.

The deadline for the winter issue is DECEMBER 1st.

There was a decent variety in the submissions this first time around, but let's try and mix it up a little more, shall we? Again, we'll take anything in the written form, but I'm especially looking for things that aren't short fiction or poetry...there's certainly enough of that to go around!

For example, I'd be excited to find in my inbox:
recipes, opinion articles (better make your arguement good!), art criticism, scientific reports, travel guides, sheet music, instructional pieces (how-to), translations of foreign works, short plays/film screenplays, book reviews, interviews, riddles and so on and so forth.

As far as any news goes, I'm in the process of securing a printer for the publication, which I've tentatively set a release date for November 1st. I've secured an artist to do the cover art, and once the release date grows nearer, I'll post information about the release party, which will be held in Logan Square at one of the many fine watering holes nearby.

Those whom have been selected for publication will be notified shortly, as I'm still sifting through all the submissions, and if you are not contacted for this issue, don't despair! Please continue to submit work! Thank you Logan Square, I'm off to immerse myself in Sunday football, and now...

Off! Write with Vigor!

Sunday, August 23, 2009


This is the weblog of the Logan Square Literary Review. This page is sill a work-in-progress, and will no doubt evolve in the coming months, but for now she will serve to inform and inspire all things relating to the LSLR.

The Logan Square Literary Review is an open form for the denizens of Logan Square, Chicago, and will be published quarterly, beginning in fall, 2009.
Published works are derived from submissions taken from the general public.

Submission guidelines for the Logan Square Literary Review:

Despite its name, there is no medium of written word that the LSLR will refuse to consider.

Submissions may be short stories, creative non-fiction, essays, poems, recipes, opinion articles (better make your arguement good!), art criticism, scientific reports, travel guides, sheet music, instructional pieces (how-to), translations of foreign works, short plays/film screenplays, book reviews, interviews, riddles...

Basically, if your work has the ability to be read, and can be easily emailed for publication, then we'll accept it. Do your worst! We'll read it!

Please keep a limit of 5000 words on all submissions. If you're unsure if your piece is publishable, just send it anyways.

All submissions are prone to editing for grammar and punctuation.

Anyone submitting a piece that is based on research (scientific reports, opinion articles, non-fiction), MUST provide a source list. The work will be disregarded for publication if a source list does not ACCOMPANY THE SUBMISSION. If you have any question about what a source list should contain, please ask through the email address below.

Send submissions as the body of an email to

The LSLR is every bit as much about fostering a sense of community as it is encouraging literacy and broadening of cultural horizons, so when sending your submission, include the cross-streets closest to your residence. This way our readers will have a nice glimpse of where the clever minds are about in the neighborhood. This information will be attributed to your byline and will be used nowhere else.


A Work of Fiction
By Daniel Majid, of Kedzie Ave. and Armitage Ave.

The inaugural issue is due to be published in fall of 2009, so the submissions deadline for the fall issue is September 20.

Keep an eye on this blog for updates about the publication, and perhaps work that we're fond of that we didn't have room for in the actual printing.

Now, off! Write with vigor!

– Daniel Majid, Editor