Friday, September 16, 2005

Tracking down damage to the publishing industry

I'm on an e-mail newsletter list for Writer's Market/ In the one that showed up in my inbox this afternoon:


Hurricane Katrina has affected much of the United States in many different ways, including markets for writers. We’re trying our best to keep up with what is going on with the following gulf coast markets, but the grim reality is that some have just been impossible to contact. Here’s what we currently know:

The Times-Picayune newspaper has been working hard to report news in and around New Orleans. What they’ve done is amazing. ... We’ve been unable to contact Bale Books, The William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, One-Act Play Contest (sponsored by the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival) or Xavier Review. ... However, Pelican Publishing Co. has offered some updates on their website and are hopeful that their company has not suffered great damage, though that situation will be hard to fully assess for a while. (According to 9/12/05 PW Daily, Pelican acquired a permit to re-open their offices in Gretna, LA.) ... We’ve been unable to make direct contact with L. Kemper and Leila Williams Prize, but the website for The Historic New Orleans Collection (the contest’s sponsor) has an online forum set up for staff so they can continue to work in some capacity. ... Let’s Write Literary Contest has no idea on possibilities at the moment. Based out of Gulfport, MS, all homes were destroyed by the full blast of Katrina. However, they are hoping to keep The Gulf Coast Writers Association going into the future. ... The Black Collegian “remains in production” according to its website. They have a temporary new phone number and e-mail address (updated in their listing) and appreciate everyone’s patience in their responses to various queries. ... According to Sandra Beasley, the editors of New Orleans Review are okay. However, we can’t find a confirmation on the status of the actual publication. ... From Virginia Howard, editor of THEMA, “The next issue of THEMA was in the proofing stage, and would have been sent to the printer on the weekend that the hurricane struck. The page proof is with me in Georgia, but when it will actually go to press is anyone’s guess. We don’t know whether our printer survived the storm.” ... The Ahearn Agency, Inc., has moved offices to New York (reflected in the updated listing). However, Pam Ahearn says, “I am requesting that people hold off contacting me about potential submissions until after November 1.”

If anyone has updated information on any of these listed above or knows of other markets affected by the storm, please send an e-mail to

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