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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 for the cultivation and advocacy of the imaginative faculty through a small publishing press, contests, and an online/print literary journal (AZURE: A Journal of Literary Thought). At a time when “facts” are so readily available through technological means, it is no longer necessary to invent a solution when you can “search” for one. In this context, the ability to imagine as a form of agency becomes paramount. We believe the value of creative writing and narrative fiction as tools to engage with social opinions, histories, and moral codes is vital to personal, political and social evolution. On the level of craft, we advocate creative writing’s ability to reveal interiority and its ability to transform, heal and act as a catalyst for the full self-actualization of individuals and society. We are particularly drawn to writing that broadens the concept of “literary” to one that is about the dexterity of language and the ability to pull from a global pedigree of literary and storytelling technique. Aesthetically, we love work that is explicitly demanding of the reader linguistically, intellectually and emotionally.  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 We accept both unpublished and previously published work, provided it does not infringe upon any held copyrights.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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