Good News, Notebooks, & This Week’s Friday Feed


Hi, readers, writers, and shark fans! Happy Friday! Our Editor-in-Chief is pretty sick, so we’re going to keep this one short, sweet, and to the point.

Here’s what to expect:

    • Paperback Editions Available of All of Our Magazine Issues
    • Poem of the Month Broadside Series
    • Announcement: Notebooks and Writing Prompt Notebooks!!
    • ICYMI: This Week’s Book Reviews
    • Update on Teahupo’o Reef
    • More Good News! No More Shark Fishing!
    • Our Last Submission Opportunities of 2023!
    • Don’t Forget! The Saturday Shiver Starts Next Week

Paperback Editions Available of All of Our Magazine Issues

Lit Shark Issue 1 Front CoverIssue 2 of Lit Shark Magazine: The SHARK WEEK EditionIt’s been so exciting to launch the issues of Lit Shark Magazine and watch our little Lit Shark community grow. It’s been so wonderful getting to know all of you and to feel your support for the work that we do.

If you’re one of the (many!!) followers who have inquired about paperback editions of our magazine, I’m pleased to tell you that paperback editions are available for all three of our current issues. Links below!

Order Issue 1: Lit Shark Magazine here

Order Issue 2: Lit Shark Magazine: The SHARK WEEK Edition here

Order Issue 3: Lit Shark Magazine: The Spooky (TEETH) Edition here


Poem of the Month Broadside Series

As a part of our Poem of the Month contest, winners will receive a unique digital broadside of their winning poem. We’ve decided to also make these broadsides available for purchase.

You can find our broadside series for sale, as well as our Shiver Collective Services for Authors, over here.

Announcement: Notebooks and Writing Prompt Notebooks!!

We officially shared the covers of our creative writing notebooks and writing prompt notebooks today, including the front covers and the spines (not the back covers yet until release). We plan to publish these in paperback and hardback editions, with dot grid, blank, and lined (college-ruled) pages.

Let us know which cover design is your favorite, as well as what you prefer: paperback/hardback and lined/dot grid/blank. We’d love to know!


ICYMI: Our Latest Book Reviews and Author Interviews


Someone Somewhere Maybe by Sophie Diener

Someone Somewhere Maybe by Sophie Diener

Reviewed by McKenzie Lynn Tozan

Read Our Full Review and Exclusive Interview with Sophie Diener

Purchase the Book

We so enjoyed reading Sophie Diener’s poetry collection, Someone Somewhere Maybe, that we went back to reread her collection this week and shared five of her poems on our website.

Our Editor-in-Chief also took some time to create an honorary broadside of one of her favorite Sophie Diener poems, “Note to Self,” which you can see below. 

Broadside by McKenzie Lynn Tozan of Sophie Diener's Poem "Note to Self"

You Like It Darker by Stephen King

You Like It Darker by Stephen King

We were so excited to share earlier this week the announcement of Stephen King’s next book.

Not only is it a short story collection, but we’re completely in love with this cover wrap (we love covers here), and we’re so excited to read the full sequel short story of Cujo.

If you’d like to read our full reaction to the news of the King of Horror’s next book, and our theory about the Cujo sequel, check out our post here.

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Reviewed by Krystina Quintana

“Though Klara seems to have been discarded once Josie was done with her, she does not hold a grudge or face negative thoughts about her experiences. Instead, she chooses isolation from other AFs, allowing Klara to replay and organize her memories. She reminisces on the power of the Sun and how it helped Josie recover from her illness.

“While this ending may seem sad from the outside, it exudes a bittersweet cheerfulness and fondness of a close friendship many years ago. Instead of looking back in anger, Klara can look back with an understanding that she fulfilled her part in Josie’s life.

“So, it can be argued that Ishiguru meant to create a cheerful novel, and he succeeded, but not in the way most readers would expect. His exploration of terminal illness and the ability to find happiness in small moments shows a cheerfulness regarding illness. Instead of spending time in the book mourning Josie, he uses Klara to delve into the bright moments in Josie’s life, thus creating a more “cheerful” perspective of illness, a view in which people are more than their illnesses as they’re capable of experiencing other emotions beyond sadness.”

Read Our Full Review

Purchase the Book

Update on Teahupo’o Reef

We’re so happy to share that the petition to save Teahupo’o Reef has received 10,000 more signatures since we posted about it this past Monday, and we’re sure the Lit Shark community had something to do with that! Thank you so much for the work you’ve done to get the word out. They’re SO close to their goal of being able to take their concerns to the Government of the Country and to present their ideas of how to put the current tower to good use for the Paris Games 2024.

More Good News! No More Shark Fishing!

Unfortunately, this ban isn’t everywhere, but Fisheries Minister Don Punch in Australia has approved restrictions to prohibit the use of wire trace, which is essential to landing sharks, within 800 meters (1/2 mile) of the shore of any of Perth’s metropolitan beaches. As of November 3, 2023, all shark fishing within 800 meters of any and all Perth beaches has been banned.

We’re looking forward to saying that shark fishing is banned everywhere, but this gives us hope.


Our Last Submission Opportunities of 2023!

Don’t Forget Our Poem of the Month Contest!

We’re currently reviewing submissions to select the winner of our November Poem of the Month Contest, but since it’s November, submissions are officially open for December’s contest!

Submissions are ALWAYS open, but if you want to submit to our CURRENT contest, you have to submit within the month of November! If you submit in December, your poetry will be considered in January… and so on.

FREE TO SUBMIT. Do it here!

The winner will receive:
– $20
– An original broadside of their poem
– Featured on our website
– Featured in our next issue of Lit Shark Magazine
– You can see our previous winner, Catherine Broadwall, and her original broadside here

Honorable Mentions will also be considered, and they will receive a shoutout on our website, and their poem will be featured in our next issue of Lit Shark Magazine.

Happy Submitting! We can’t wait to read your work!

FREE TO SUBMIT. Do it here!

Lit Shark: Issue 4Be a Part of Our Final Magazine Issue of the Year! Submit to Issue 4 of Lit Shark Magazine!

For our final issue of the year, we’re leaving the submissions open to you to choose what you would like to send! Just make sure to double-check our submission guidelines for word count/page count requirements!

We want to end this year on a high note and come into 2024 with a “Best Of” anthology of all of our favorite pieces from the first four issues this year. It’s been such a wonderful first year at Lit Shark Magazine, and we can’t thank all of you enough for your support and your submissions.

You can use our usual submission portal here. 

Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and short plays are all welcome.

As always, we love marine-themed work, but your work can contain any theme you wish!


The Saturday Shiver Newsletter

At the moment, we’re getting back into posting the Friday Feed as a recap of our busy, busy week and also to share some upcoming information with you and celebrate our past contributors’ successes.

That all sounds wonderful, and we’re so excited to continue to host it for you. BUT we’ve decided to start a newsletter called the Saturday Shiver, which will include:

    • A recap of our busy week
    • Yays for our past contributors
    • Exclusive submission opportunities
    • Five submission opportunities I found out in the wild
    • Insider content: Tips on submitting, publishing, and writing, as well as Behind-the-Scenes Lit Shark content

    We’re really excited about the newsletter and can’t wait to release our first issue next week!

Thank you all for reading today! Happy Writing and Happy Submitting!

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Written By McKenzie Lynn Tozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan (she/her/hers) lives and writes in Europe with her family (originally from the Midwest). In addition to being the Editor-in-Chief of Lit Shark Magazine and the Banned Book Review, she is a novelist, poet, and book reviewer. She received her MFA in Poetry from Western Michigan University and her BA in English/BS in Education from Indiana University South Bend, where she began her work in publishing. Her poems have appeared in Rogue Agent, Whale Road Review, Young Ravens Review, The Birds We Piled Loosely, and Encore Magazine, among others; and her book reviews and essays have appeared in The Rumpus, Green Mountains Review, Memoir Mixtapes, The Life Collective, Her Journal, Motherly, and more. When not writing, she enjoys reading, appreciating nature, and spending time with her husband and three children.




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