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For You Literary Sorts

Discussion in 'St. Athanasius Chapel and Reference Library' started by GJRidley, Jul 18, 2017.

  1. GJRidley

    GJRidley New Member

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    The newly founded Academy of Inventive Literature is inaugurating a literary journal and the founders are Orthodox. It grew out of literary workshops on an Orthodox blog. Technically it is not an Orthodox journal or even a Christian one, but all involved are Christians so far and there is a heavy preference for Orthodox ethos and aesthetics.

    You Orthodox writers might want to jump up and submit something before the slush pile gets too big. It pays on a sort of royalties model.
     
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  2. ArmyMatt

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    Interesting, thanks for the heads up
     
  3. GJRidley

    GJRidley New Member

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    You're welcome, ArmyMatt.

    For further interest, here is the purpose statement from the website:

    "This journal exists to serve the reading, publication, and imaginational needs of a certain underserved English-reading population: those who love and delight in traditional language and literature, and whose reading and/or writing vocabulary, syntax, and tastes are more expansive than strictly contemporary literacy could have produced. This population may include, but is not necessarily limited to, homeschooled and self-educated people, gifted readers and writers, traditionally religious people, and those educated or brought up in historical and traditional cultures.

    Because this is our reading public, we are committed to publishing only the following: works in Literary English, works using language in traditional ways, and works of high imaginative power and moral purity, as informed by traditional morality, mysticism, and religion. While we do not subscribe, as an institution or a publication, to any particular religious creed, we hold ourselves to a basic human morality approved in general by the religions of the world, as described in C. S. Lewis' essay 'The Abolition of Man.' We regard such things as inescapably human, unchangingly practical, and irrevocably sane. We do not believe that language can be really well-used otherwise, and so this position reflects, not a religious position per se, but rather a position regarding the questions of linguistic philosophy. We observe that language grew up, not in an isolated tradition, but inextricably involved with all the other traditions that inform healthy cultures - food, religion, family, courtship, learning, king and court, warfare, and more. Thus, to use language untraditionally is to force it, to ravage it, and to twist it out of grace.

    Where it is not clear what the traditional position might be on any contemporary ethical or moral question, the editors reserve the right to publish poetry, essays, and stories reflecting traditionally-informed questioning and a diversity of opinion and belief, within what those editors consider the bounds of traditional possibilities.

    Please note that 'traditional' does not necessarily mean 'conservative,' though the two may often coincide. While the conservative is primarily concerned with continuing that which he knows or believes, tradition is concerned with a sifting process whereby only the best, most practical, and noblest practices and beliefs are preserved. A tradition functions within a unified society. It grows with time. It is as much a collection of practices as a collection of beliefs. It is an expression of piety, not only religious, but familial and cultural as well. The history of the English language, and the tradition of its best literature, is the object of such piety as we here at the Academy of Inventive Literature feel and practice in common, and wish to express in our publication. We naturally extend respect and interest to the objects of similar pieties wherever they may deservingly be found.

    Nor do we believe that such a position need by stultifying. Ultimately, the most vital principle of a tradition is that the generation currently living comprise the only guardians of that tradition - and therefore the only people capable of further developing that tradition. We who love the tradition are the only people capable of speaking with the authority that the tradition extends. Only we can continue the sifting process; only we speak with our ancestor's and predecessor's voices; only we can take the next step.

    We are open to publishing authors of various backgrounds and convictions. We simply ask that those authors tailor their writing, when submitting to this journal, to our specific reading public.

    Similarly, we encourage writers who are capable of writing in ways that might not be acceptable to the average writing professor or journal editor, and which are informed by wide reading outside the merely contemporary canon or catalogue, to submit such writing. We are interested in helping along the development and careers of such writers."
     
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  4. ArmyMatt

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    hopefully this will bear good fruit
     
  5. prodromos

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    I have passed it on to my beloved wife as it is most definitely in her domain. I'm the handyman, build it, fix it guy.
     
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