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Queens lit journal to release second issue

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Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013 10:30 am

Newtown Literary is growing up.

The borough’s first literary journal, published by the Newtown Literary Alliance, will release its second edition next week.

“Most of the differences from this issue to the last are behind-the-scenes differences as we improved our process of getting from submissions to final product, as well as broadening the activities of Newtown Literary Alliance, the nonprofit we started to publish the journal,” founder Tim Fredrick said.

The alliance expanded this year, adding a production manager and an intern to its staff, as well as launching a blog.

The idea of a journal began a few years back when Fredrick, an elementary school teacher from Long Island City, searched around the borough without luck for a writing group.

Then through Meetup, a website that pairs people with similar hobbies, he met many Queens-based writers.

The group began collecting submissions — 130 in total — which they whittled to 45, penned by 26 writers. The first edition was published fall 2012.

The second edition will feature 27 poets, essayists and fiction writers, two of whom will publish their work for the first time.

“Like last issue, the large majority of the contributors live in Queens currently, or were born and raised here and now live somewhere else,” Fredrick said. “We received many more submissions than we had room for and — like last issue — we accepted more than we could put in this issue.”

Because of that surplus 75 percent of the third issue is already filled up.

In addition to the journal, the alliance throws events such as April’s Queens Writes! program, in which writers met in designated spots from a seat on the No. 7 train to a Sunnyside cafe to unitedly write. A typewriter traveled Queens as well, with residents paying $1 to add a poetic line to a piece that will go in the third edition.

In the future the alliance plans to host some low-cost workshops for Queens writers on basic copyediting, manuscript preparation and publishing e-books.

“Additionally, we are gearing up to organize a borough-wide writing contest for kids ages 8 to 18,” Fredrick said.

A hard copy of the Newtown Literary can be bought for $10 or a digital copy for $8 at newtownliterary.org.

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