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On the Importance of Journals [An Editorial]

Publications like Palabras offer writers a place to call home, a place to share their work, and, more importantly, a place where they can experiment, hone craft, and build their resumes.

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We simply cannot underestimate the importance of journals such as Palabras. Publications like Palabras offer writers a place to call home, a place to share their work, and, more importantly, a place where they can experiment, hone craft, and build their resumes. I began my own writing career publishing in a university-run journal called, El Portal. El Portal was like a second home to me. I was comfortable there. I learned craft and grew as a writer there. I even managed to move up the ranks and become a member of the editorial staff back in 2014 and 2015. However, journals like Palabras have a good deal to offer those who aren't writers. You might be asking, why should I, a reader from the Interwebs, care about a small, no-name journal like Palabras? That is a good deal more complicated to answer, but I shall try my best.

Journals like Palabras provide readers with rich content. This is the kind of content you (normally) don't see in your inbox, on the shelves of a local bookstore, or even in magazine subscription services. The content featured here comes from a place where writers, poets, etc. can experiment, can be free to challenge literary and/or academic norms. Readers, in other words, profit from reading such publications as Palabras. Moreover, journals, especially those journals I have worked with over the years, have always offered readers a chance to participate in the conversation. This has been accomplished by offering open submissions and opportunities to offer letters to the editor (to be printed online or in future issues).

A reader might find open-access journals like Palabras as a cheap way to stay up-to-date in the literary and/or academic communities. Readers might also find they are not alone when it comes to their interests. In other words, Palabras brings like-minded individuals together, something that can only bring good things, I'm told.

G. Michael Rapp

Published a year ago

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