We here at
Ducts central offices feel it's our obligation to bring you new
and exciting views of the world in every issue. And so this summer,
to celebrate issue 17, the boys in the tech department have sent
your humble servant and Editor-in-Chief into orbit around the Earth.
If you look carefully every day, just before dusk, you can see me
zipping past Orion's belt. "Buckle up!" Buzz Aldrin likes to joke.
He's a card. So forgive me if I keep my remarks fairly brief this
time around: I only have thirty minutes of oxygen left before I'm
due back in the pod for crackers, cheese and Tang-flavored tea.
We have a winner! That's right, we're happy to announce that we
have picked a winner to our second ever writing contest, I Found
it in My Attic. Remember we asked writers to think about how some
artifact – something discovered cleaning the attic, the garage,
the basement, maybe a childhood diary, a toy, a piece of clothing
– affected and changed their lives. We received a variety
of well-written and personal submissions and it was difficult choosing
a winner. In the end, we thought Jennifer
Hurley's "The Photograph" was a simple and powerful essay and
the clear winner. Juliet Eastland's
"A Championship Season" reminded us of our own idyllic summers
and was a wonderful second prize winner. And Beatrice Hogg's perfectly
nostalgic "My First Watch" was an impressive third-prizer. We received
pieces from all over the country. Jennifer and Beatrice hail from
California (though from different cities) in fact, while Juliet
lives right in our own back yard, New York. Congrats to all three!
our publishing wing headed by non-fiction editor, Charles Salzberg,
recently published its second book, a memoir by Genie Kraig called "The
Sentence." In this true account, Kraig chronicles the years leading up
to and through her husband, Jerry Kraig's, incarceration, including the
devastating consequences for her family. Her marvelous book tells how
Jerry Kraig, an idealistic Cleveland attorney was retained by his
boyhood mentor, Reuben Sturman, as a First Amendment Coordinator. Known
as the "czar of pornography," Sturman ran one of the most successful
porn operations in U.S. history. Little did Jerry Kraig know that his
loyalty and belief in the Constitution would resul t in a legal
nightmare culminating in his conviction by the U.S. government of
conspiracy to defraud the IRS of Sturman's taxes. The book unravels
like a mystery, it's crisply told and it perfectly represents the Ducts
credo: a well-told, personal story. Click here to buy a copy. We also
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 here.
Also, you probably
noticed a little ad for another book, the Portable MFA, on the main
page. The Portable MFA gives you all the essential information you
would learn in an MFA program, covering fiction, memoir, personal
essays, magazine articles, poetry and playwriting. Authors include two
of our amazing editors, Tim Tomlinson (fiction) and Charles Salzberg
(non-fiction). We're lucky to have them on our staff! To buy a copy of
the portable MFA, please click here.
A quick reminder
to those interested in sending us work: due to the heavy volume of
submissions we've been receiving, we have instituted a reading period.
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.
Of course, we
continue to raise money as part of our effort to bring you the best
personal stories on the web. If you enjoy the thought-provoking essays
and memoirs, if you are captivated by our fiction, poetry and art, I
urge you to donate whatever amount you can. Every little bit helps.
As always, you'll
find great essays, fiction, memoirs, poetry, music and art within these
pages. Please return again and again! I'm sorry I have to get going so
soon – Neil Armstrong is squeezing my oxygen hose, that
jokester – so I'll leave you with my usual thanks for your
devotion to our ever-growing webzine. And a special thanks to our
incredible writers, who continue to astonish me with their passionate
Kravetz, Editor-in-Chief, Ducts.org
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.