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Press Release: Announcing the Launch of Porter House Review




SAN MARCOS, TexasPorter House Review, a new literary journal for fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and more, will launch in December 2018.

The journal is named after Katherine Anne Porter, whose Collected Stories won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, the National Book Award, and other accolades.

Their mission statement reads: “Inspired by the legacy of Katherine Anne Porter, the journal seeks to publish bold and incisive writing that interrogates not only the complexities of the human experience, but also the prevailing social challenges of our time. In support of this mission, we seek unique perspectives from both established, award-winning authors, as well as emerging and underrepresented voices from around the world. We celebrate a wide range of literary forms and styles.”

Porter House Review is housed at Texas State University, and is operated by the faculty and students of the MFA program in Creative Writing.

Porter House Review seeks to provide an outlet for historically underrepresented voices within literature and the arts in general,” Gregory Holland, managing editor of the journal and poetry MFA candidate said. “It is the express mission of PHR to seek out and publish fresh, innovative works from a variety of artists at all stages of their literary careers, and to promote such works to a wide audience of both local and international readers.”

“We are looking for writing that is surprising and strange, serious and joyful,” Brady Brickner-Wood, assistant managing editor and fiction MFA candidate, said. “Porter House Review aspires to make an immediate and unique impact on the contemporary literary community.”

Porter House Review replaces Front Porch Journal, Texas State’s previous literary journal that published its final issue in May 2018. In addition to a renewed focus, PHR’s launch includes a newly designed website and funding to provide highly competitive payment to writers and artists for their work. 

“Because we've had almost a year to develop plans for Porter House Review, we've established a set of values and precedents we want our journal to adhere to,” Bricker-Wood said. “One, we care about establishing relationships with our writers, supporting and promoting them as best we can. Second, we want to be a home for writers who feel excluded from the stuffy thresholds of literary publishing. But perhaps what we care about most is publishing damn good work year-round.”

The journal will pay contributors for online publication throughout the year. The inaugural Editor’s Prize contest, which will accept submissions through Dec.15, 2018, offers prizes of $1,000, $750, $500, and $200. The submission fee for regular publication will be $3 in the future, but the submission fee for the Editor’s Prize is $5.

Porter House Review’s Advisory Editors include internationally recognized writers such as Charles D'Ambrosio, Ben Fountain, Cristina García, Naomi Shihab Nye, Tim O'Brien, Luis Javier Rodriguez, and Karen Russell, among others. 

The journal operates alongside the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, a national historic landmark restored from Porter’s childhood home in Kyle, TX.