tonyv Posted March 13, 2011 Share Posted March 13, 2011 I've always viewed PMO as a publication of sorts. What individual members choose to make of it is up to each member, but I myself want my work out there, to be enjoyed by members and guests alike. As I have no other outlets, for me a bulletin board is an extremely useful vehicle that serves a personal purpose that's more valuable than a blog. It's more far-reaching, because its design encourages interaction. And while a blog may attract some fans, a bulletin board attracts others who can also benefit from participation. We have a fantastic, enthusiastic membership, and I would like to see the board be even more useful to its members as a place for growing as writers, a repository for works, and an outlet for garnering individual exposure. Collective exposure for the board can be useful in augmenting members' individual exposure; if people are drawn to the board, they will also be drawn to the members' works. We're not sure if we're going to try this yet, but we would like to see what our members think about a new category at PMO: a category for monthly or quarterly submissions. Submissions would be accepted from members and non-members alike (in accordance with guidelines tolerable to us) and published in a new category, established for that purpose, at the discretion of an editor we appoint. (We have a member in mind who might actually like this unpaid position, lol.) Take a look at the Red River Review, which styles itself as "A Fully Electronic Literary Journal." I don't see any reason why we couldn't provide a similar outlet for our own members (in addition to the board) and to non-members who would care to submit work. Of course, the monthly or quarterly "published" submissions would have to meet the editor's standards, and as such would be limited in amount (in order to be taken seriously), but nurturing such a section for "published" works could prove to be advantageous to the board itself and all its members. We might even be able to do what the linked literary journal does and submit some of the "published" works to the Pushcart Prize. (Pushcart Prize -- Wiki Link) Just looking for some thoughts on this for now. Please do chime in. Tony Quote Here is a link to an index of my works on this site: tonyv's Member Archive topic Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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