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Thank you and goodbye from Lonesome October Lit

Happy New Year 2019, everyone.

I am writing this at the end of November, having just scheduled our last post for New Year’s Eve. It’s been common knowledge for some time that we would be closing, but I couldn’t just leave without saying something.

Thank you to those readers and writers who have shown Lonesome October (and those published here) so much love – through submissions, reading the stories and poems, sharing, commenting, tweeting. When I resolved to make changes to my editing workload, for my health and family’s benefit, I first took a look at where the most work was going in for the least amount of readers and writers. Unfortunately that was Lonesome October. But the beautiful thing around here is, even with a smaller following, the one we do have is full of devoted, darling people. So to you especially – thank you for the love, and I am sorry we have to go.

To new folks who stumble across this derelict mausoleum… there is a lot to discover and enjoy here. Look through our archives if you want to read something delightfully dark – you won’t be disappointed. It won’t be going anywhere, either; it’s our job to keep this corner of the internet nice and haunted for as long as we can.

With all the spooky love,



Submissions open, and a somewhat sad announcement

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. Continue reading Submissions open, and a somewhat sad announcement

Pushcart Prize Nominations 2017/18

Lonesome October Lit is pleased to announce our first ever nominations for the Pushcart Prize. Our six pieces this year are…

‘Singing for These Dancing Bones’ by Jenne Kaivo

‘Bleak Row’ by Laura Potts (to be published in December)

‘Lullaby’ by Ali Jones

‘Artists in the Underworld’ by Richard Wayne Horton

‘Our Lady of the Sewer Grate’ by Robert Beveridge

‘A Friar Prevails on Father Grandier’ by John Grey

Congratulations and good luck to our nominated writers!