Hey! What happened to Swink magazine? I remember that the editor, Leelila Strogov, visited the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference a few years ago–she was so well coiffed, so charming in a room filled with afternoon summer heat and desperate writers. I immediately bought a copy of the litmag upon my return home. It’s a sharp journal, one with interesting, out-of-the-box submission categories (like “Damaged Darlings,” a call out for collaborative writing–where a writer hands hands her/his “damaged darling” or halfway complete story, to another writer to finish. The resulting story is a valid contender for the category).
How cool is that?
But it’s mysteriously disappeared, without a trace. Just last year (was it in Spring?), they produced a great issue with short stories by writers like Daniel Alarcon…then they close submissions while they “work on implementing their online submission system.” This project extended well beyond their target date. And today? Today I went to their website to encounter a splash page that says, “This site has been suspended.”