Pointer #8 – Annalemma

* Online lit mags are publishing some of the most intriguing writing available today. Every Monday, I post a pointer to a site that offers fiction and/or poetry either as free content or as samples from subscriber issues. Today’s pointer is to Annalemma.

I really enjoy this site. It’s visually pleasing, has a clean layout, and publishes quality stories. Subscriptions to printed issues run $20 per year (two issues).


Annalemma Magazine is a literary and arts journal printed biannually and updated weekly online. Founded in 2007 with the expressed mission of engaging as many people as possible in the life-changing experience of telling good stories, Annalemma’s print issues are a lavish celebration of colorful artwork and photography that accompany short stories and essays from writers of all ages, nationalities, disciplines and echelons of the publishing world.

Fiction excerpt:

Stabs at Happiness
I. Fontana

Online chase yields a thin Asian indie-type boy, 23, more and more beautiful the longer Nikki stares at the pixilated blank face.  He goes by Taj but when they agree to meet he signs this email Justin Chen.

Nikki has not had actual sex with a woman here in New York for almost a year, but she’s the sort of not-too-butch young alt dyke who emo girls like to make out with – or be seen making out with – in all kinds of situations these days.  The Club Europa is where dropdead stiletto-heeled Polish, Czech and Ukraine blondes will almost always consent to dance with her, nonstop sleazy techno, smoke machine and zebra-striped dancefloor which tends to metamorphose in a sinister manner when you’re high on a hallucinogen concocted by some dweeb chemistry major who sees experimenting with such variants of Ecstasy as 2c-b and 2c-i as imaginary extra-credit unsanctioned by any oversight committee here on planet earth.

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