Welcome to another issue of Jack Magazine, which is fashionably late as usual.
Jack is now part of Stanford University's LOCKSS program. This is a really neat project that will archive 100 (I believe) online and print publications. Yvonne Shofer, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries, nominated Jack to be included in the project, so I thank her for that.
Jack has a new design on some pages. Many articles will now be in two columns. Also, the home page is slightly different, showing headlines on the left and a regular table of contents on the right. The headline design has two purposes: to encourage people to begin submitting more articles, rather than just poetry and fiction, and to give titles of reviews and other articles to give the reader a clearer view of Jack's contents.
In 2006 (more info then), I will be accepting art, poetry, prose, reviews, fiction, articles, road journals, and so on for the next issue of Jack Magazine. I'd like to do another theme issue, this time gaming/movie/fantasy pieces. I realize this is not the mainstream of the normal literary magazine, but Jack has never been normal, and the genre is an interesting area to explore.
This type of genre would include:
- Artwork that shows characters, environments, etc. of either the artist's original concept or existing games, movies, books, and other genres within the fantasy world. This art must be created (not duplicated in any manner, such as traced and filled in) by the artist. The changes from any existing titles should be the artist's own interpretation; an example of this would be an original-concept sketch of a character from The Hobbit.
- Short stories and chapter excerpts of fictional creations in this genre.
- D&D campaigns; these may borrow rules from existing handbooks such as GURPS, D&D 3.5, and so on but must be the author's own creation. Anything driven too much off something copyrighted by Wizards of the Coast, for example, may be either rejected or published with a disclaimer.
- Essays, articles, and reviews of any game, book, or movie depicting fantasy, myth, lore, and so on. This can include sci-fi.
Please read the submission guidelines for more detail.