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AZURE: A Journal of Literary Thought
  • Type of organization
  • Phone
    (847) 970-2506
  • Web address
  • Social media platforms used
  • Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
    Lazuli Literary Group is a platform dedicated to fostering the delight of the literary imagination through a small publishing press, writing contests, and an online/print literary journal, AZURE: A Journal of Literary Thought. We are a two-person editing team with diverging tastes (one classic and one contemporary) that harmonize in a third, uncharted space. We are particularly drawn to writing that broadens the concept of "literary" to one that pulls from a global pedigree of storytelling technique. We seek authors who revel in the rhythmic possibilities of the poetic line, who contemplate the flavor, the shape, and the history of every word they use; who are so committed to the pyrotechnics of the written word that they comprehend the beauty of classical forms and yet feel compelled to constantly re-invent their craft. Our goal is to support underrepresented styles of writing, specifically within a genre that we imagined, which we call otherworld realism. We like work that generates an eclectic mix of literary, lyrical, experimental and witty reading experiences; as such, we publish works that may not be suited for mass consumption, due to their raw yet polished innovations in content and form. Lazuli Literary Group and AZURE are co-founded and co-edited by Diana McClure and Sakina Fakhri.
  • Is your group affiliated with a University, portal or other agency?
  • Primary editor/Contact person
    Sakina Fakhri
  • Contact title
  • Publishes
    essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews
  • Focus
    We publish literary fiction, creative non-fiction, plays, fragments, meanderings, philosophy and poetry.
  • Submissions policy
    Our year-round blind submissions process via the Submittable.com submissions platform is based on a mutual agreement between the editors that a work aligns with our mission as a publication. We accept both unpublished and previously published work, provided it does not infringe upon any held copyrights. We do not charge a reading fee for submissions. (See website for details)
  • Accepts unsolicited submissions?
  • Submission Guidelines URL
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted
  • Reading period
    Year round
  • Reporting time
    1 - 6 weeks
  • Author Payments
  • Contests
    Lazuli Literary Group Writing Contest (quarterly) - $100 First Prize (See website for details)
  • Number of paid staff
  • Number of unpaid staff
  • CLMP Member?
  • How many writers did you publish in your most recent year (calendar or fiscal)?
  • How many live events did you present in your most recent year (calendar or fiscal)?
  • ISBN Number
  • Paid Subscriptions
  • Individual Price
    $20 per anthology (print) / free (online)
  • Insitutional Price
    $20 per anthology (print) / free (online)
  • Single Copy Price
    $20 (annual print anthology)
  • Back Issues Available
  • Ads?
  • Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
  • If Yes, What Percent Of All Unsolicited MSS Are Published?
  • Format
  • Dimensions
    10 - 8
  • Average Number of Pages

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