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Pamela Moore Dionne By Pamela Moore Dionne, Founder & Managing Editor

Literary Salt is a free online arts and literature journal. The first issue is an editors-only edition that went online January 2001. This issue is the only one in which work by the editors will appear in any capacity other than editorial. It will be archived as a tool for readers who wish to submit work to the journal. Public submissions begin May 2001 and end November 2001. The new issue goes online January 2002. Because we publish longer works of prose as well as poetry and visual art, we plan to present new issues annually rather than quarterly or semi-annually. This gives readers a chance to come back to a particular work as often as they'd like. It also gives visual artists longer exposure times to a global audience for their work. The editors of Literary Salt include the founder and managing editor Pamela Moore Dionne, Allen Braden, Sharon Carter, and Rebecca Loudon.

Before I took on the task of publishing an online journal, I ran a reading and visual art series at the Amy Burnett Gallery in Bremerton, Washington. When I left there to move to Port Townsend, I had built a relationship with numerous talented writers, poets and visual artists whom I wanted to continue to support. However, the idea of commuting back and forth between the two cities to run the series did not appeal to me. So it seemed the next logical step was to get into publishing, which had been a long-term goal of mine.

When I asked my editors to join me in electronic discussions of the driving forces behind their involvement in Literary Salt, the reactions were wide-ranging. Allen Braden pointed out, for instance, “One advantage online publication has over print is in reaching a global audience. Regionalism goes out the cyber-window, making room for international tastes, perspectives and aesthetics.” I couldn't agree with him more. Regionalism is interesting and has its place, but too often becomes so overbearing that it obliterates the larger world view. The editors of Literary Salt look for work that reflects this greater community. Even though each of us lives and works in the Pacific Northwest, we do not expect to publish only Northwest poetry, prose, or visual art. We aim to reflect the world, not simply one small partitioned component of it.

As a group of editors, we plan to join other great online publications in raising the standards of cyber-publishing to new levels. Literary Salt has a long list of links we recommend in support of high quality online publications. Visit our site and check them out. Those we recommend are well crafted, literary, artful, and thought provoking. We believe in supporting excellence.

This quest for excellence will be reflected in the work we accept for publication. Each of us is committed to showcasing the best new and recognized writers, photographers and visual artists. The creative range represented by Literary Salt's editorial board is diverse. We are open to numerous styles with a few exceptions. We do not publish hypertext at this time. No previously published work. We do NOT accept pornography, greeting card verse, limericks, or overtly religious themes. We do NOT accept romance, mystery, or horror UNLESS it is stunning beyond the limits of genre. We do not publish children's literature. We DO accept electronic and snail mail submissions. We cannot offer payment for accepted work at this time. This may change as we develop and begin to garner grants, but will remain a future goal for the moment.

Photos and art sent electronically should come to us as JPEG attachments at 72 DPI. If art is submitted via snail mail, do not send originals, as we do not return work. The same is true for those of you using typewriters to write poetry or prose: do not send your original manuscript, send a copy of the original. We do NOT accept handwritten poetry or prose submissions at any time. We do not encourage simultaneous submissions, but will accept them. We expect to be informed when a submission is a multiple, however. We reply in approximately 2 months. Always include a short (50-60 word) bio with any submission of written work or visual art. If you submit via snail mail, you must include a #10 SASE for notification of acceptance or rejection.

Visit Literary Salt at www.literarysalt.com. Read and follow our guidelines carefully then send us excellent work with local or international perspectives. We look forward to working with you.

The editors of Literary Salt are:

Pamela Moore Dionne's poetry, fiction and nonfiction appears in Snow Monkey, Pontoon, Switched on Gutenberg, Shenandoah, Raven Chronicles, The Jack Straw Writers Anthology, Vox Populi, and others. She has presented her poetry at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, the Seattle Poetry Festival, the Earshot Jazz Festival, and Bumbershoot. She was a Jack Straw Writer in 1999 and received the Jack Straw Artists Assistance Award in 2001 for her series of poems about Sabina Spielrein. She has been a recipient of a residency at Centrum and an Artist Trust GAP Grant. Her visual art has been presented in one-woman shows in the Seattle area.

Allen Braden holds an MA in English and an MFA in creative writing from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He has published in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, New Orleans Review, Shenandoah, ZYZZYVA, Poetry Northwest and the second edition of Spreading the Word: Editors on Poetry. His work has won a Grolier Poetry Prize and a Sam Ragan Prize. The recipient of grants from the Washington State Arts Commission and Artist Trust, he lives in Puyallup, Washington.

Sharon Carter immigrated to the U. S. in 1979. She has a medical degree from Cambridge University. Her poems have been published in Exhibition, Synapse, PoetsWest Literary Journal, Pandora, Mediphors, Pontoon and Seattle's On the Buses. Her visual art has been published in Spindrift, Raven Chronicles, Disquieting Muses and Switched-on Gutenberg. A series of digital prints was shown at the Amy Burnett gallery in Bremerton, Washington.

Rebecca Loudon's poetry has appeared in a number of literary journals including Crab Orchard Review, Switched-on Gutenberg, American Jones Building & Maintenance, Spindrift, Neiderngasse, Taverner's Koans, and Heliotrope. You can read an excerpt of her novel Bunny in the January 2001 issue of Literary Salt. The Richard Hugo House in Seattle selected her work as the winner of Disappearances: A Cultural Inquiry. Rebecca is a graduate of the University of Washington Poetry Certificate Program. She plays violin for Philharmonia Northwest Chamber Orchestra and teaches a poetry workshop, The Wallingford Irregulars.

The editors of Literary Salt look forward to working with many fine poets, writers, photographers and visual artists.