Journal of the Month, a new slant on literary magazine subscriptions

My favorite special offers for literary magazine subscriptions usually involve two subscriptions for the price of one or a free issue with a one-year subscription. Now, Journal of the Month is trying something I haven’t seen before: each issue of the subscription is a surprise selection. The recipient won’t know which literary journal will be delivered until it arrives in the mailbox.

Journal of the Month

At first, I was reluctant to blog about Journal of the Month, because the site made it difficult to know who’s running the business. Turns out it’s Brian Kahn at Slant Software, LLC, of Arlington, Massachusetts. Slant Software also administers Tell It Slant, an online submissions service similar to the currently more widely known Submittable. Maybe Journal of the Month’s ownership will be featured more prominently in the future.

Are you thinking about gift giving as the holidays approach? A digital magazine subscription is ideal, if the recipient’s magazine racks and bookshelves are overflowing, but print editions can be shared with other people more easily. A single issue or a subscription to a literary magazine makes a lovely gift that quietly pays a compliment to the person who receives it.

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