were eating our peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, sitting around
watching the last episode of "Everybody Loves Raymond," passing
around the onion dip and crackers, something happened. Suddenly, Ducts.org was inundated with submissions. We are now receiving as many as 10 every week and from people all around the country
(and, on occasion, from around the world). We're not quite sure
how this happened, although we suspect you had a lot to do with
it. We receive letters every week from our readers thanking us for
what we do, so let me take this opportunity to put aside my half-eaten
sandwich and thank all of you for your enthusiasm. Besides our private
jets, million dollar salaries and personal chefs, your unflagging
love for reading the best personal stories on the web is what keeps
It seems like this increase in submissions
happened overnight, but of course we've been growing steadily since
September, 1999 when our first issue appeared. It's hard for most
of us here on staff to believe almost six years has passed since
our launch, but that's only because we refuse to accept that we're
getting really old. If you look at the issues from 1st
to last (and please, do visit our archives),
you'll see how much we've grown over the years.
Because of this increase in submissions,
we are instituting a reading period, effective immediately. Thus,
Ducts.org editors will read submissions only from January through
August of every year. Material received between September 1st
and December 31st will be returned, although we'll encourage
writers to resubmit their material during the reading period.
All this attention has helped us to begin
paying writers! We are paying $5 per submission, although we hope
to increase this fee in the coming year as our funding grows. If
you enjoy the thought-provoking essays and memoirs in Ducts.org,
if you are captivated by our fiction, poetry and art, I urge you
to donate whatever amount you
can. Every little bit helps and you'll be supporting writers who
vary widely in age, race, style and theme. What they all have in
common is having an important story to tell.
Other goings on:
--We haven't officially announced it,
but we're planning a follow-up to our first-ever writing contest,
I Found it at the Movies. The new contest will be entitled
I Found it in My Attic. This time, we'll ask writers to think
about how some artifact something discovered cleaning the
attic, the garage, the basement, maybe a childhood diary
affected and changed their lives. If you have an idea, start writing
--We're planning to have a special Asia
duct in our next issue, which will feature personal stories written
by Asian writers. If you're interested in finding out more about
this, please contact our fiction editor, Tim Tomlinson, who will
be planning this feature: Tim@ducts.org.
--Our reading series, Trumpet
Fiction, recently concluded its 6th successful
year at KGB Bar in New York City (www.kgbbar.com).
Our readers came from as far away as North Carolina and as near
as a few blocks from the bar!
--Our publishing wing, Greenpoint Press,
is planning another book, to be launched this fall. It's a memoir
written by Genie Kraig called "The Sentence." The book depicts Genie
and her family's struggles after her husband, Jerry Kraig, was arrested
for representing Cleveland porn king, Reuben Sturman. I'll be sending
out a notice when the book arrives, so please look for that! And
we still have a few copies of our Best of Ducts anthology, How
Not to Greet Famous People, so if you're interested in buying
a copy to help support what we do, please click
Several of you have requested an official
Ducts.org online archive. We empathize with you and would like to
create an archive, but currently do not have the resources. Until
we do, I encourage you to explore our back
issues section or to use Google.com
(search by author and include the word "Ducts.org") to find what
you're looking for.
If you have any questions about Ducts.org,
feel free to write me at email@example.com.
In the meantime, please enjoy the writing and art you'll find here.
I'd urge you to tell your friends, but it seems you're doing that
anyway. So I'll leave you with another hearty thanks. Now, I hope
you'll excuse me, but my sandwich is getting soggy and my stomach
--Jonathan Kravetz, Editor-in-Chief, Ducts.org
This issue of Ducts is made possible
with a regrant from the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses,
supported by public funds from the New York State Council on the
Arts, a state agency.