from A Measure of Words
To be Published as an ebook and paperback
Send submissions to:
94 Wheeler Road
Hollis, NH 03049.
Just before the year 2000 Michaeline and I sat around a coffee house pondering the difficulties of getting a short story published unless you had a name. After a sweet roll and a glass of bottled water we decided to publish a magazine. Sometimes when you don't know the difficulties you just plunge. We didn't even know how to obtain an ISBN number.
We scoured sources to find names and to get a handle on what was being read. We needed a niche—and that niche was Women's Words— short fiction. We wanted to print literary short stories by women —each story between 2000 and 3500 wds. Several other folks joined Women's Words, Katherine— who worked for a large publisher and was involved in the printing and layout of books, Kay— who was a professional copy editor as well as a free-lance writer and Dorothy as an assistant editor. Pat became our marketing guru— a job she held in real life.
We wrote up a plan and opted to try for a MA Cultural Grant—and received an initial grant which allowed us to have the journal professionally set-up and printed on quality paper.
I rented a P.O. Box and we placed a call for submissions in Poets and Writers. About three weeks after the ad appeared brown envelopes began to arrive at the post office—scads of brown envelopes. Eventually we had submissions from thirty-one states and eight countries.
An artist I knew produced the first cover.
Every weekend for months I filled a sack with envelopes and went to the coffee house to read submissions.
We submitted our first issue to The Council of Literary Journals and Magazines and on our first try we were accepted into the CLMP.
The short version is that we published two journals a year for several years. My second greatest thrill was when the Boston Public Library took out a subscription. The first thrill—the wonderful stories writers sent us.
After two years of twice yearly journals the cost of mailing the journals and the cost of printing became too high to sustain the magazine.
Several years ago we published a stand alone anthology— Friends and two years later another anthology Secrets
Now we're ready to jump into online publication with another anthology. We hope that you will join us.