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    A Tortured Nirvana

    on Aug 7, 17 with No Comments

    M. M. Adjarian People who glamorize the writing life should be hanged, drawn and quartered for their demon-spawned lies. Writing is unsexy dog work, a ceaseless plodding of word after blasted word. And it’s unforgiving. Progress for most comes in stingy half-inches rather than...

  • Staff Update 2017

    Our Reading Period Begins Today!

    on Aug 1, 17 with No Comments

    South 85 Journal‘s staff is gearing up for our next issue, Fall / Winter 2017, which we will release on December 15, 2017.  Usually, we open our reading period for the Fall / Winter issue on September 1, but we are trying an earlier schedule this time.  We are accepting...

  • I Edit My Life by Michael Lee Johnson

    I Edit My Life

    on Jul 17, 17 with No Comments

    Michael Lee Johnson I edit my life. Clothesline pins and clips hang to dry dirty laundry. I turn poetic hedonistic in my early 70’s, reviewing the joys and the sorrows of my journey. I find myself wanting a new review, a new product, a new time machine, a new internet...

  • Reaching Writing

    Reaching: Devin Murphy on Real Life and Inspiration

    on Jul 10, 17 with No Comments

    Mel Sherrer Devin Murphy’s debut novel, The Boat Runner, is forthcoming with Harper Perennial/Harper Collins on September 5th, 2017. This month, we sat down to speak with him about the impending work, writing and real life inspiration. S85:   Do you write every day or...

  • Dying Trumpet by Roger Camp

    The Spring / Summer 2017 Issue Is Available...

    on Jun 15, 17 with No Comments

    The Spring / Summer 2017 issue of South 85 Journal is now available online. Creative Work We are pleased to present work by the following contributors: • Artwork – Roger Camp, William C. Crawford, Melinda Giordano, Leonard Kogan, Rachel Melton, Dian Parker, and Leigh...

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  • The Voices in my Head and Other Reasons Not to Write

    on Aug 17, 11 in Blog by with Comments Off on The Voices in my Head and Other Reasons Not to Write

    There’s something thrilling about starting a new project, whether it’s starting work on a new short story, cracking the spine of brand new book, trying a new recipe, or beginning an online literary journal.  From the earliest meetings about South85, I was positively giddy about the opportunity to serve as editor.  Behind that excitement, however, there was (and still is sometimes) an underlying feeling of fear.  Who do I think that I am?  Sure, reading lots of submissions and picking the absolute best to share with our readers sounds like my ultimate idea of fun.  But deep down, there lingers a smidge of doubt.  I’ve met literary journal editors.  Mostly, my fellow writers and I speak of them in hushed tones, praying they will remember our names when one of our manuscripts come across their desks.

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