Time To Celebrate! Lit Shark’s Best Of 2023 Anthology Is Out Now!


Happy Wednesday, readers, writers, and shark fans! I hope you’re having a wonderful week! At the same time, I know sometimes I need a little bit of a pick-me-up around the middle of the week, so in case you’re feeling that way today, I’m happy to share some great news! Lit Shark’s Best Of 2023 Anthology, our first anthology to date, is now available to purchase in paperback and hardcover editions. 

Like all of the issues of Lit Shark Magazine, a lot of love and thought went into this anthology, and I’m especially proud of the growth that is evident in these pages. In Lit Shark’s first year, over 1,200 submissions were received, and of those 1,200+, fewer than 300 pieces were selected. For the anthology, we selected our 50 favorite pieces from the year (as our “old” pieces) and invited those 50 writers to submit a “new” piece to appear alongside their “old” piece. With that, we give you, “Something Old, Something New, Something to Sink Your Teeth Into.” I hope you love it as much as I do!  


Welcome to Lit Shark’s Best Of 2023 Anthology!

Lit Shark's Best Of 2023 Anthology  

A Special Thank You to All of Our Contributors!

A giant, heartfelt, whale-sized thank you to all of our contributors who submitted to Lit Shark and who came back with open arms for our anthology, we couldn’t have done this without you:  Edward Ahern, Glen Armstrong, KB Ballentine, Maggie Bayne, Janet Bowdan, Catherine Broadwall, Lorraine Caputo, Tricia Casey, Alan Cohen, Mark Connors, Dale E. Cottingham, Patrick Druggan, Carol Edwards, Michael Flanagan, Annette Gagliardi, J.D. Gevry, GTimothy Gordon, Shannon Frost Greenstein, Alyssa Harmon, Matt Henry, Keith Hoerner, Michael Lee Johnson, Victoria M. Johnson, Emily Kerlin, Deborah Kerner, Helga Kidder, Craig R. Kirchner, Ashley Knowlton, H.K.G. Lowery, Jennifer MacBain-Stephens, Beth Marquez, Carolyn Martin, Beth Mathison, Ursula McCabe, Lauren K. Nixon, Shilo Niziolek, Sandra Noel, Jess L. Parker, Nancy Machlis Rechtman, Russell Richardson, Rie Sheridan Rose, Cassandra O’Sullivan Sachar, Joel Savishinsky, Mandy Schiffrin, Larry Schug, Nolo Segundo, Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas, Annie Sullivan, Marianne Tefft, Doug Van Hooser, and Steve Zisson.


Available Now in Paperback and Hardcover Editions 

To honor this special occasion, Lit Shark has made its Best Of 2023 Anthology available in paperback and hardcover editions. These are the same size as the issues of the magazine (6×9 inches) and are both in matte, wrap-around covers.



Interested in a Preview First? Or an E-book Edition?

In case you’re interested in an e-book edition instead of a print edition, I’m happy to tell you that an e-book edition of the anthology, as well as all of Lit Shark Magazine‘s issues, will be available in the next few weeks! It’s been on our to-do list for a minute, and we’re excited to finally see it through!

As for a preview of the anthology, you can find a segment of the book here, and if you’re willing to do some digging, you can also go back to the issues of Lit Shark Magazine to read all of the “old” pieces contained in the collection. If you’d like to read the “new” pieces and enjoy the artwork, there are paperback and hardcover (and future e-book) editions to choose from!  


Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

To all of you who have supported Lit Shark, as always, thank you. It’s been a labor of love, wonder, excitement, and simply being humbled at every turn, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’m so excited to share this anthology with you, as well as the many more projects we have coming in 2024 and beyond!  


Happy Reading, readers, writers, and shark fans!

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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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