Yes, online journals have "come of age": we've evolved from being the medium that people did not take seriously, and considered ephemeral, to being an enduring medium that models innovation in the important work of keeping literature relevant and accessible to readers. Print journals are following the lead of online journals by going online-only themselves (Triquarterly
), by having a companion online version with different content (Harvard Review
), or by offering limited content and archives online. Online and print journals are essentially doing the same work: bringing together writers and readers. The practices of readers are now closing the assumed gap between these mediums. Online journals offer a way to navigate limitations of time and space, both geographical and material, with the presence of easily accessible archives that keep issues current, and with a more effective distribution model, as well as freedom from the restrictions of the dollar-based page count. Online journals can host longer works, accommodate longer lines, and are freed from the break of the page. They also offer unique opportunities for collaboration with other art forms: Blackbird
offers video essays and videos of dance; Born
brings together writers and artists in multimedia projects; and here at Memorious
, our art song contest brings together composers, chamber musicians, and poets. Such innovations ultimately expand the audience for literature.
Rebecca Morgan Frank is editor-in-chief of Memorious: A Journal of New Verse and Fiction and author of the forthcoming poetry collection Little Murders Everywhere.