Dear readers, writers, and friends of Lonesome October Lit,
Our submissions are opening a little earlier than I intended after our summer break, but unfortunately they come with some news that has been weighing on my heart.
From 1 January 2019, Lonesome October will be going on indefinite hiatus.
As some know, but probably a fair amount of others don’t, I am also managing editor of Three Drops from a Cauldron (including print pamphlets, anthologies, and seasonal specials, in addition to a quarterly web journal), Picaroon Poetry (including single-author print pamphlets in addition to a bi-monthly web journal), and Bonnie’s Crew. I also have five children ages 15, 14, 13, 2, and 7 months. My sons will be doing their GCSEs three years in a row. My daughters need (and will continue to need) the very intense parenting older babies and toddlers bring. I also have health issues. And I am a working writer myself.
So all of that put together, I am running out of space, time, energy to keep up with such a heavy editing workload, and various things have had to give. This is one of them.
Lonesome October will very likely be back, but definitely not before 2021. Everything published will stay here either way, as a literary mausoleum of sorts – haunted by all the poetry and stories we’ve been (and will be for the next few months) lucky enough to publish. So this hiatus will not affect your work. The site itself will not be going anywhere.
So we will still see you all twice a week – and for our big Halloween special! – until 31st December, when we will publish our last piece for a long while. If you still want to submit before the hiatus, please do so here – there’s space left in November and December, and a few spots left for Halloween.