Monday, February 16, 2015

Introducing Literistic

 Introducing Literistic

Every month, we create a highly-curated list of deadlines for submissions to literary publications, contests and fellowships and send out an email. We're calling our service Literistic and we’re working on building it a proper website. In the mean time, .

Literistic was born of a frustration: as a writer, managing deadlines is a headache. Finding out about upcoming deadlines is a matter of spending hours trawling large, advertisement-supported databases. These databases are often convoluted, hard-to-navigate and full of irrelevant listings. They inspire aimlessness and procrastination, making the maxim of "submit widely and submit often" difficult to realize.

Every month, Literistic sends you a list of deadlines for the following month. It's elegant, simple and immaculately organized. Its listings are diverse but thoughtful, comprehensive but not overwhelming. We cover poetry, fiction and nonfiction. We cover publications, contests, awards and fellowships in Canada, the United States and Britain. While the list itself is compiled by our team of editors, we also ask each subscriber which deadlines are the most important to them, so that our list is representative. We're heavily curating the list, but we're also measuring click-through rates to determine what's relevant to our subscribers. Currently, this includes magazines like Ploughshares, Tin House and Granta, contests like The Paris Literary Prize, the SLS-Disquest Prize and The PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize and awards like The Wallace Stegner Fellowship, The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships and The Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships. You'll never have to cruise another crappy database again.
Journals can't pay to have themselves listed in Literistic and we aren't selling advertisements. This is just the straight goods: deadlines for the best literary publications, contests and fellowships, presented simply and beautifully each and every month.

If you're interested, we're just getting started. Sign up here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...



The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau