Official Announcement for Issue 11

I have been head editor of Jenny Magazine for a year now, and something that I wanted to make sure I did in this position was to both continue the mission of Jenny that was laid down when it was founded in 2010 and do something new with each issue. For Issue 9, we brought back the Featured Author section that existed in some earlier issues of Jenny; for Issue 10, we held a 10-Minute Playwriting Contest, to great success — so great, in fact, that part of what we’re doing for Issue 11 is having a regular, non-contest drama section, which we’re pretty excited about.

The main new thing for Issue 11, however, is that it’s going to be a theme issue: an issue dedicated to women writers and artists.

Whether they write novels or cover stories or op-eds, even the most talented women writers often aren’t validated in the same way that their male counterparts are.

Anna Clark wrote this in her article “The Ambition Condition: Women, Writing, and the Problem of Success” in 2008, and while it’s a little old, it’s still a true statement. Good changes have been made in the literary world in recent years to address the disparity of women and men writers published, but there’s still work to be done. VIDA works yearly to investigate the numbers of some of the big-name literary venues, and I highly recommend checking them out for the statistics.

I’ve been working on this idea since this past fall semester, and after discussion with my staff it’s finally coming to fruition. And, not to be repetitive but, we’re really excited about it. With this theme issue, we’re hoping to help do our part to address the disparity and showcase some great pieces by women creators.

Submissions for Issue 11 will open on Friday, April 29 and run until Saturday, September 10 over on our Submittable page. We’re looking forward to reading your work!

—Jordan McNeil, SLAA President and Jenny Head Editor

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