I am excited to announce that I am caught up with updates on the website. There is now a separate page for each issue, listing contributors and links to their biographies. There is also a page listing all of our contributors, from all of the issues, with links to their biographies. I have updated the biographies with our Pushcart nominations next to the title of the piece.

I am looking forward to the release of our fifth issue, Volume 3, Issue 1, in January 2017. Submissions are open for our sixth issue, with the deadline on May 15, 2017. The optional theme is balloons. See the Submit page for more information.

I am looking into making other changes to The Magnolia Review, including an award, interviews, and a contest. Stay tuned!

–Suzanna Anderson, Editor-in-Chief and Founder, December 15, 2016


2016 Pushcart Nominations

I am so proud of our 2016 issues, and it was very difficult to choose only six pieces for the Pushcart Nominations. Congratulations!

A Quick Lunch from the Noodle Stand by Lisa Stice (Volume 2, Issue 1)

A Straight Line through the Labyrinth by Elisha Holt (Volume 2, Issue 1)

Into the Ease by Joshua Daniel Cochran (Volume 2, Issue 2)

Penny Altars by Teressa Rose Ezell (Volume 2, Issue 2)

Pinning by Lindsay A. Chudzik (Volume 2, Issue 2)

Spark Plugs by Scott Blackburn (Volume 2, Issue 2)

Issue 5 Open to Submissions!

We are accepting art, photography, comics, poetry, creative nonfiction, comics, and fiction for our fifth issue. This time we are going to have a themed section, and we will accept other pieces that do not fit with the theme.

The theme: Depression. Show us the diagnosis, dealing with depression, overcoming depression, anything to do with depression. Give us artwork, stories with depressed characters, poems with depressed speakers, comics, and so on. Interpret it yourself and show us what you created.

Deadline is November 15. For information on how to submit, check our Submit page. We are interested in comics, so please send them our way!

DSM-IV-TR Mood Disorders

1. Major Depressive Episode and Major Depressive Disorder

Major Depressive Disorder requires two or more major depressive episodes.

Diagnostic criteria:

Depressed mood and/or loss of interest or pleasure in life activities for at least 2 weeks and at least five of the following symptoms that cause clinically significant impairment in social, work, or other important areas of functioning almost every day

1. Depressed mood most of the day.
2. Diminished interest or pleasure in all or most activities.
3. Significant unintentional weight loss or gain.
4. Insomnia or sleeping too much.
5. Agitation or psychomotor retardation noticed by others.
6. Fatigue or loss of energy.
7. Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt.
8. Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness.
9. Recurrent thoughts of death (APA, 2000, p. 356).

W. Jack Savage

W. Jack Savage is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of seven books including Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage (wjacksavage.com).  To date, more than fifty of Jack’s short stories and over six hundred of his paintings and drawings have been published worldwide. Jack and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California.

This is Where He Fell, That Stretch Out West, Replacing a Panel, and Prison at Alsace-Lorrain, Volume 2, Issue 1

Bill Wolak

Bill Wolak has just published his fifteenth book of poetry entitled The Nakedness Defense with Ekstasis Editions. His collages have appeared recently in Naked in New Hope 2017, The 2017 Seattle Erotic Art Festival, Poetic Illusion, The Riverside Gallery, Hackensack, NJ, the 2018 Dirty Show in Detroit, 2018 The Rochester Erotic Arts Festival, and The 2018 Montreal Erotic Art Festival.

Whoever Loves and As Bells Echo in the Distance, Volume 1, Issue 2
Openness without Seeking and A Scream in the Forest, Volume 2, Issue 2
The Mist Between Foghorns, The Radiance of an Unforeseen Delight, Climbing the Wind, Beyond the Immediate Trapdoor, and Unsettling as the Strobe Light’s Hesitation, Volume 5, Issue 1

Light’s Sudden Hesitation, The Flirtatious Dance of Memory, Involuntary Trance, Curious As Perfume, The Manifestation of a Protoplasmic Vortex, and Equipped for the Paradoxical Continuum, Volume 6, Issue 1