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Monday, April 12, 2010


April 12, 2010

Dear Friends, The Swoop:

A New Issue

The huge and absolutely wondrous mash issue, Mad Bunkers Review, a collaboration with new media maven Mark Marino of Bunk Magazine, has been long in embryo, but its head and torso will have emerged on both our websites by Tuesday, April 13th, and you’ll be able to watch the rest of the hermaphroditic baby crawl out of the womb till it’s fully out, kicking, bawling, and laughing.

A Contest

Just a reminder that our KNOCK OUR SOCKS OFF CONTEST is running through June 30th. For a relatively modest entry fee of $12, you can try your luck with Cris Mazza, our fiction judge, and/or Sheila Murphy, our poetry judge. We’re offering prize money, plus online and print publication. Please see the guidelines at Mad Hatters’ Review.

Pitches & Solicitations

If you happen to play on Facebook, where MHR has a group, you may have noticed and even joined the page I BET I CAN RAISE A BILLION DOUBLOOMS TO KEEP THE MAD HATTERS AFLOAT. Well, of all the people who added their names to the fan page, only TWO have donated a doubloom or two. Really, folks, if you want the journal to survive, we do very much need donations, fully tax deductible for US residents. If all of you send only US $5.00 or its foreign currency equivalent by PayPal (to or via our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas, the journal will continue to please and delight you, at least through 2011, when our next issue (the 12th) will be out. This issue will feature Visual Music, Moving Words, and Contemporary “Russian” Writers.

One more item: We need BOOK REVIEWERS. We have many inventive, quirky, exciting, and unconventional contributors, gifted writers, for the most part over-looked by the literary establishment. If you’d like to write reviews of contributors’ recent books, please let us know by email:, subject line: I WANT TO REVIEW.

Final request: The journal needs a fresh review! If you’re inspired to pen reviews of recent issues, and the incoming Mash, we’d greatly appreciate your rants and raves.

Happy Springing!

Carol Novack

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