Exciting news!

Lit, News

Newsflash the First:

The Winter 2011 issue, our very first issue in fact, is finished and available for free download!  Click on the “Issues” tab above to nab yourself a copy.

Newsflash the Second:

Submissions open for our second issue, the Spring 2012, on February 1st.  Details to follow!

Our Kickstarter campaign has gone live!

Lit, News

For those of you who are not familiar with Kickstarter, it’s a website that raises money for creative projects.  I shot a video explaining the purpose/goals of Broad! and launched the fundraising campaign page this morning.

We have 44 days –– until December 2, 2011 –– to raise $1,500 for a print run.  There will be a PDF version of the magazine, of course, but Emma and I would really, really like to have hard copies to distribute.  Please donate whatever you can afford; we will repay you in love (and whatever backer rewards you qualify for, as seen on the right sidebar of the campaign page).   Let’s make this happen!

Thanks for reading this, submitting to us and supporting our project!


let’s talk about us


Hi everyone!  A commenter, Leigh, suggested that we post bios about ourselves.  It’s only fair; you are submitting your work to us, you should get to know something about whom you put your faith in.  Our bios are up on the About page.

On a related note, WordPress was acting up terribly when I posted the bios; the text in the editing window would look fine, but then I’d publish the draft and end up with half the text italicized, the paragraphs smushed together, or lines broken in random spots.  At one point, particularly frustrated, I wagged at finger at my laptop screen and said, “Look here, WordPress, this is NOT A PROSE POEM.”   (But I digress.)  My sincere apologies to any site subscribers bombarded with email notifications that I updated the Broad! blog.

Feels like being picked first in gym


Broad! has been featured on Autostraddle!  Senior Editor Rachel, a good friend of mine (and an awesome friend, in general; you should try being friends with her), chose to promote us for her Autostraddle Team Pick yesterday.  Thank you, Rachel!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Autostraddle, it’s a smart, funny, strong Internet magazine that covers news and pop culture as it relates to LGBTQ issues.  “News, entertainment, opinion and girl-on-girl culture,” in their words.  I recommend it heartily.

To all of you visiting this blog from Autostraddle, welcome and please submit!*  The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2011.


*Everyone not visiting from Autostraddle is, of course, also welcomed and markedly encouraged to submit!


Welcome, Internet friends!

Feminism, Lit

Welcome to the web branch of Broad!, a literary zine produced entirely by the female-bodied or -identified!  We’re currently looking for contributors to submit fiction, essays, poetry, music, or art for our first issue.  If you’re creative and your work is hard to classify, send it to us.  If it’s easy to classify, still send it to us.

Do you want to see our mission statement?

This, Broad!, is a manifesto.

A manifesto because we say it is, because stories by women are printed in other magazines less often than men’s, because in the past women have had to publish under male pseudonyms or under no name at all and from what we’re seeing, literary culture in 2011 is less equitable than we’d hoped.  Because we write about ghosts, or families, or love, or other implausible things.  Because our art is considered “domestic fiction” instead of “the Great American Novel.”  This is a manifesto for women writers, for speculative fiction writers, essayists, prose poets, slam poets, people whose work can’t seem to find an audience because the higher powers decided that audience doesn’t exist.  People who use pens as if they were syringes.

(If we’ve alienated you already, our apologies.  If we haven’t alienated you, please submit!  You can reach us at broadzine [at] gmail [dot] com.)