Earlier this summer I learned that my local library was putting together a literary magazine and dubbing it Mason Street. I thought this was a fantastic idea, and when they put out for submissions I knew I had to get on board.
This was why I spent two months learning how to write flash fiction, because now I had a story I could submit during the busiest time of the year. I was overjoyed to hear that they accepted it, too! (And surprised, because it’s still a little boggling to get that concrete confirmation that someone read your work and liked it enough to publish and share with their group).
The first issue of Mason Street came out this month, loaded with neat articles, photos, and poetry from folks all over the area. What’s really neat is that my local library is part of the Pioneer Library System, which has a network of 42 branches within the state. It’s been awesome growing up with an iceberg-type library, where the one in town is only a small part of the vast archives available, and I’ve never given much thought as to whether all libraries were like this or that I was just blessed to be here with multiple counties-worth of books at my disposal.
In any event, you can find the inaugural issue of Mason Street here. They’ve also created a blog/newsletter called The Community Room where there is even more great content, and that is where my own little piece of work was published, titled Red Ribbon. You can find and read that wee gem here, but don’t forget to check out all the other great stories and poetry from the minds and hearts of others in my area and beyond!
I have a feeling this magazine could be the beginning of something great for our community and readers everywhere.