Past, Present, & Fridays! Welcome Back to Lit Shark’s Friday Feed!


Happy Friday, readers, writers, and shark fans! Welcome back to Lit Shark’s Friday Feed!

Though it’s been a lighter week content-wise, we’re excited to share what we’ve been working on, thinking about, and of course, writing! Let’s jump right in!

True to our past Friday Feed editions, we have a few wins to share with you, we have a list of this week’s content in case you missed it, and we have a few submission calls that are open to you now. Let’s jump right in!


Lit Shark's Deep Dive NewsletterDive In with Lit Shark!

We’re excited to be back with our weekly Friday Feed and to share round-ups with our community. We know that life is incredibly busy, and it can be really hard to keep up even with the communities that we love the most. We like sharing these round-ups as a way to help everyone stay on track and to make it easy to read all of the week’s new content over the weekend when a lot of us are taking a break and catching up on our favorite projects and missions.

But we’re also super excited to start a weekly newsletter called “Lit Shark’s Deep Dive,” which will include three submission opportunities from other publications, an interesting word or writing tip, our top three favorite pieces we published that week, and then exclusive content—including insider information to running a literary magazine, exclusive submission opportunities at Lit Shark, and how we’re getting involved in conservation and animal rights. We’re so excited to do this newsletter with you so you can see more of the behind-the-scenes of Lit Shark Magazine and how we’re pushing ourselves to walk the walk (or swim the swim).

If you already signed up for our newsletter in the past, you don’t need to do anything else; you’re already signed up! Otherwise, sign up before our first newsletter goes out later today!


Poem of the Month: It’s Not Too Late!

Submit to Lit Shark's Poem of the Month Contest

Submit to Lit Shark’s Poem of the Month Contest

If you’d like to be considered for our JUNE Poem of the Month, it’s not too late! You can submit through tomorrow night (June 2nd) for consideration. The winner will be announced in mid-June.

The winner will receive $20 honorarium, an original and unique broadside of their poem, a shoutout on our website, a feature in the next issue of Lit Shark Magazine, and automatic inclusion in the Best Of 2024 Anthology. Honorable Mentions will also be considered! They will receive a shoutout on our website, a feature in the next issue of Lit Shark Magazine, and automatic inclusion in the Best Of 2024 Anthology, as well.

Happy writing! To submit, go here.

And of course, if you can’t submit by tomorrow night, you can still submit for consideration in our JULY Poem of the Month. We’re proud to always be open for submissions—for our literary magazine issues and our paid poetry contest.


ICYMI, Lit Shark Style

The Sequel by Jean Hanff KorelitzWe were excited about this week’s writing prompt, which proved to work for all ages and genres! The starting prompt was “How to Become a Shark,” but in our post about it, we explored how to use that phrase as a jumping-off point, as well as ways to take the prompt further, with references to Kafka and Eric Carle. Call us biased, but we LOVED this prompt and see ourselves coming back to it for additional pieces. We hope you’ll give it a try and submit your results to Lit Shark to share with our community on our site!

It’s no secret that Jean Hanff Korelitz’s The Plot is one of my favorite books (and one of my favorite book reviews I ever wrote). With the announcement that The Plot is getting a deliciously deceptive, surely psychologically thrilling, and perfectly unexpected following up in (fittingly) The Sequel, we’ve been revisiting one of our favorite book reviews on our site—and we’ll be rereading The Plot soon in anticipation of what could possibly happen next.

If you’ve been with Lit Shark for a while, you’ve probably noticed that there have been a few new added features on our site, like editing and other author services, the beginnings of an eco-friendly shop, and a page about our future endeavor to publish our own books! But one other little feature we want to add to our site is a Testimonials & Yays page. We’ve received many glowing reviews about our magazine issues and images of our issues out in the wild, and we’d like to showcase them somewhere. We also want to give our past contributors a place to share their yays, like publications in other magazines and books coming out! If you have publishing news, book news, reading/open mic news, share it with, and we’ll include you on the page!

And finally…

Don’t Forget to Submit!

Issue 6 of Lit Shark Magazine: The SHARK DOG EditionOur last post of this week was an official call for submissions for Issue 6 of Lit Shark Magazine: The SHARK DOG Edition

This issue is open to all submissions, but we are especially interested in work that highlights the misunderstood and villainized condition of XL Bullies, pit bulls, and sharks—but we’re interested in these stories about other animals and people, as well! Just send us what you’re feeling; we can’t wait to read it and to show our support.

The core of this issue centers around empathy, reversing hypergeneralization, and taking accountability. We wish to express empathy, we wish to discontinue blaming entire breeds and groups of people for the actions of the (very) few, and we wish to shift the accountability to where the accountability is due—all through art, poetry, telling fiction, essays, and truth.


Have a Wonderful Weekend!

We’ve had such a great week getting back into the swing of things, and we appreciate your support and warm welcome back. We can’t wait to share Issue 5 of Lit Shark Magazine with you very soon, and we can’t wait to read more of your submissions.


Happy Writing and Happy Submitting!

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