So I’m Starting a Lit Mag

Good idea? Bad idea? I guess we’ll find out.

Jenna Goldsmith


I guess it all started with a short story I’d written. This short story — more of a flash fiction type — was kind of spooky and creepy and I was proud of it.

And what do you do with short stories?

Send them out to be published.

But the more I looked for a place where my story would fit, the more I realized there wasn’t much out there… at least not for my specific story.

Either the publications were closed (permanently or not) or they were looking for something much different than what I’d written.

I felt discouraged.

And with the growing collapse of the publishing industry due to late-stage capitalism and greed and this odd reliance on TikTok to market books, I realized the literary world needed more purely creative spaces.

So I went to my partner and asked if they wanted to start a literary magazine with me.

“We should start a literary publication together.”

Turns out, they’d been thinking the same thing.

That’s how Dusty Attic Publishing was created.