Our 2023 Resolutions: Read More, Laugh More, Submit More


Happy Wednesday, all! It’s been an inspiring day, and we’ve taken big steps today, including officially announcing that our community is live, opening the doors for submissions for our first issue, and making progress on our social media channels. Whether you’re writing an important piece or a long-form one like a novel, starting a small business, or taking up a new hobby, remember: progress is progress!

We’ve already taken much bigger strides in the first 11 days of this year than we expected, and we could not be more excited about it. But we also know that it took a lot of planning and dreaming to get here. While our Editor-in-Chief has already known for weeks what her new year’s goals would be, we wanted to take some time to share with you the specific goals she has for our Lit Shark community.

Read More

There are many amazing, jaw-dropping readers out there, but we hope to see more book commentary this year—from writers of more ages, backgrounds, races, identities, publishing histories, and writing subjects. We want to see more of everything, read more, review more, and talk about more work this year.

Just like our literary magazines, we want the doors to be open to writers of all kinds to be read and reviewed. Whether they write children’s books or the most elusive poetry, whether they’re a quiet emerging writer or a blockbusting bestseller, we want to read their stories. So we’ve dedicated this post to highlighting just a few of the titles we’d love to sink our teeth into (to read AND review this year)—in addition to your books, of course, wonderful readers.

Laugh More

The past few years have been hard, no question, but there are still things to be grateful for. One thing our EIC is grateful for? A returning sense of hope and wanting to go on adventures again. She wants to take on more unexpected plans and adventures this year than she has in a while—and she wants to be able to laugh while doing it.

Whatever “laugh more” means to you, we hope you’ll go for it.

Submit More 

Just like laughing more, it’s the year of taking chances and putting ourselves out there—and that definitely means sharing our creative works with more of the awesome literary magazines out there. We could give you hundreds of recommendations of where to send your work (if you’d like).

We hope you’ll consider Lit Shark and Lit Pup as one of your options!


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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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