‘Normal’ magazine moves to online-only publication

The Normal School magazine cover

By Jefferson Beavers
Read full article at FresnoStateNews.com

Fresno State’s locally grown, nationally known literary magazine, The Normal School, will become an online-only publication starting this fall, ending an 11-year run as a printed periodical. The Spring/Summer 2019 issue of the magazine, due to hit bookstores by late August, will be its last physical issue.

The end of The Normal School’s print run follows a national trend in literary magazines to move to online-only formats. In 2018, highly regarded journals Tin House and Glimmer Train were among the latest to make the transition.

Steven Church, a professor of English at Fresno State and one of The Normal School’s co-founders, said it’s sad to say goodbye to the print publication after more than a decade. He said he’s proud of what the print magazine has accomplished and is excited to see what the future holds online.

“This difficult decision was made in consideration of both the rising costs and logistical challenges of producing a bi-annual print magazine, as well as the personal and professional goals of the founding editors,” said Church, in a letter to the magazine’s subscribers. “The magazine will maintain our commitment to the core values of innovation, inclusivity, quality and literary citizenship.”

From 2014-17, The Normal School has consistently earned high marks in the VIDA Count, an annual report that examines gender parity and inclusion in national literary publications by counting the number of women writers, non-binary writers and writers of color who are published or reviewed.

Read full article at FresnoStateNews.com

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