PEORIA, IL -- Here's the news release about the 2013 edition of Downstate Story:
Ten new short stories by Illinois and Midwestern writers are featured in the 2013 edition of Downstate Story, Peoria's only literary magazine for fiction. Downstate Story is now being published only on the Web at www.downstatestory.com
The writers in this issue are David Seaman of Peoria, IL; Gordon Petry of Pekin, IL; Melanie Doweiko of Evergreen Park, IL; Margaret Lisle of Beverly Shores, IN; Greg Jenkins of Luke, MD; Adam Middleton-Watts of Sioux Falls, SD; Deborah O. Schubbe of Wells, MN; Rebecca Monroe of Troy, MT; Ralph Hayes of Grand Rapids, MI; and Michael McGlade of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
These outstanding writers include several with long lists of publications in other literary magazines, and some have authored books.
Published by Downstate Story, Inc., an Illinois not-for-profit corporation, the annual publication aims to present original fiction by Illinois writers and writers with ties to Illinois and the Midwest as a quality alternative to today's mass-market publishing.
For this Web edition, readers are asked for donations to help defray publishing costs. All writers are paid for their work.
Downstate Story’s Facebook page can be accessed at www.Facebook.com/downstatestory
DOWNSTATE STORY, Vol. 22, THE FACTS
1. Politically correct. Contributors paid for their work. No government funds used.
2. Something for everyone. Stories reflect diversity of authors, and include romance, horror, fantasy, sci-fi, mainstream fiction.
3. Promotes quality reading. Content realistic but not X-rated.
4. Promotes Illinois and Midwestern writers and artists.
5. Unusual concept for the arts. Provides outlet for local writers and artists to reach local audiences free.
6. Original work. None ever published before.
7. Quality work. Stories and art comparable to work in Harpers, Atlantic, The New Yorker.
8. No poetry.
9. No advertising.
10. Unique experiment in publishing, asking for donations instead of fee. -30-