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by Cindy Ballaro and John Amen

The Pedestal Magazine, online since December 21, 2000, is the vision of writer and entrepreneur John Amen. Mr. Amen's mission for the magazine is to publish a high-quality literary publication, exclusively online, featuring new and established writers and visual artists. Each bimonthly issue includes an in-depth interview with a featured writer and visual artist, along with examples of their work, as well as poetry, fiction and non-fiction from writers around the world. The magazine serves as a publishing outlet for writers, as well as providing quality literature and art for its readers at no charge. The website can be accessed at www.thepedestalmagazine.com.

The Pedestal Magazine's accomplishments include establishing itself as a premier literary presence, as evidenced in the critically acclaimed writers it has featured and published during its first year: Stan Rice, Susan Ludvigson, Sharon Olds, Michael McClure, Willis Barnstone, Fred Chappell, Nikki Giovanni and Thomas Lux. "Having this level of writers join us in our first year is a coup for the magazine," Mr. Amen says. "In addition, it has helped raise the bar for online publishing in general."

Other writers that have been published in The Pedestal Magazine include Alan Shapiro, Bruce Boston, Sarah Lindsay, Janet Buck, and Arthur Nersesian. The Pedestal Magazine receives approximately 500 submissions of poetry, fiction and non-fiction per month, and publishes 10-12 poems, as well as 2-3 pieces of fiction and non-fiction, per issue. A special issue, published in October 2001, included a worldwide collection of 100 writings and 74 images, all related to the 9/11 tragedy. All past writings can be found in the site's archive section.

Also committed to the field of visual arts, The Pedestal Magazine has presented the artwork of established visual artists including David Harouni, Francis Eck, James Michalopoulos and Tantra Bensko. The Pedestal Magazine opened its online art gallery in July 2001. The gallery includes works by both featured artists and others.

Submissions are accepted through an online submission form. The Pedestal Magazine is receptive to a wide variety of poetry, ranging from the highly experimental to the traditionally formal. The Pedestal Magazine publishes both mainstream and genre fiction. In the non-fiction category, The Pedestal Magazine is open to academic/scholarly works, as well as works that focus on issues of aesthetics, psychology, philosophy and religion. The Pedestal Magazine pays $30-$60 per poem and $.05 per word for fiction and non-fiction.

The current issue of The Pedestal Magazine, released on June 21, 2002, features writer Gary Soto, as well as the artwork of Kevin Hasson, Tom Kelly, and William Kelly, collectively known as The Bogside Artists.