Welcome Back to Lit Shark’s Friday Feed!


Happy Friday, readers, writers, and shark fans! And welcome back to Lit Shark’s Friday Feed! We appreciate you being patient as we get back on our “fins,” and we hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s wave of new content.

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!


Lit Shark Magazine is on Chill Subs!A Few Lit Shark Wins!

We’ve been truly humbled lately by how Lit Shark has been recognized and invited into the fold of the literary community. We were invited to an early viewing of the film adaptation of Robinne Lee’s The Idea of You, starring Anne Hathaway, which we reviewed here, and then we were invited to early viewings of the next two “Kids Meet” episodes with Sesame Workshop and HiHo Kids, including “Kids Meet a Marine Biologist” and “Kids Meet a Beekeeper,” which we reviewed here. Since then, we’ve been invited to two book previews, highlighting some of the hottest and most highly anticipated titles coming this Fall and Winter. We can’t wait to share those with you!

We’ve also received positive attention and shoutouts for our submission calls at Amber Petty’s Pitching Hour, Lou Piccolo’s The Kidlitter Letter Newsletter, The Author’s Source, The Grinder (Brewing Your Submissions Into Something Useful), Cathy’s Comps and Calls (get well soon, Cathy), and now Chill Subs, one of our favorite submission curators and platforms.

We’re now officially listed on Chill Subs as an ongoing literary magazine, as well as an editing service and feedback provider. If you’ve been looking for an easier way to keep track of your submissions to Lit Shark Magazine, your answer has finally arrived!


Elmo and Friends Meet a BeekeeperICYMI, Lit Shark Style

We were excited to host our first Lit Pup Tuesday this week, complete with several really fun writing prompts, perfect for children and teens who want to start a new story or poem. Don’t forget to submit your responses to the prompts!

Love for bees was buzzing when Elmo and his HiHo Kids friends met Ryan the Beekeeper, who reminds us that bumblebees are very gentle, despite many people’s fear of them. Bumblebees also love music and have their own sort of dance that signals where the best food is! Talk about a happy dance!

If you’re looking for a really lovely high school-friendly read for the summer, complete with sweeter subjects like sisterhood, horses, and summer breezes, but also offering honest and unflinching comments on cancer, treatment, remission, and relapse, as well as reformed slave plantations, The Summer of Us by Tori Martin is the book for you.

Maybe you needed a reminder this week that it doesn’t always take huge efforts to make a massive difference, or maybe you just needed a nice writing prompt to start you off, but either way, there’s a prompt waiting for you in this week’s Writing Prompt Wednesday! Remember, a novel series could begin with just one small kernel of an idea!

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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