Say Hi to the New “Pup” on the Block: LIT SHARK


Hey readers, writers, and shark fans! I’m McKenzie Lynn Tozan, the Editor-in-Chief of Lit Shark (and more). I’m beyond pleased to introduce this fledgling to you, because this is more than another literary magazine. Through Lit Shark and Lit Pup, this space welcomes writers of all ages and backgrounds—whether they are one of today’s top literary minds or a five-year-old learning about poetry and rhyme for the first time. And true to its name, this space also intends to raise awareness, correct information, and encourage conservation of sharks, our oceans and seas, and fellow wildlife.

Starting immediately, Lit Shark is accepting poetry, short fiction, and artwork from writers of all ages. If you’re under 18, please see more information under Lit Pup. If you’re 18 or older, regardless of your experience and publishing history, please submit to Lit Shark

Writers who have published books are encouraged to reach out for a book review or author interview with us—especially if you have an inspiring message for younger and emerging writers who look up to someone like you.

We’ll also be sharing resources for developing writers, including writing prompts, suggestions of craft books, and free source teaching materials for creative writing, poetry, and conservation. 

Coming soon, writers will also be able to join The Shiver, a literary press that will offer assistance with publishing and marketing—in addition to publishing its own books on craft, writing prompt journals, and annual “Best Of” anthologies. 

This is only a brief snapshot of all we hope to do with Lit Shark, and I’m so excited to share this news with you—and to start reading those submissions in the slush pile under the sea!

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. You will not be charged extra, but a portion of your purchase will help support Lit Shark’s causes in inclusive and accessible literature and writing resources, as well as our growing movement in conversation education, rescue, and revitalization.

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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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