Wanna read the latest
from Clever Magazine?
The editor, Diannek is
also known as The Phantom.
The drink is a special one from
Brenekes (Poipu, Kauai).
Clever is known as the ezine for the neglected demographic. When I created clevermag.com in 1998, the internet seemed to be for everybody except me. I couldn't find the sort of content that entertained me and I figured there were other folks who probably felt the same way. That's when I got the idea to create my own ezine and call it Clever Magazine, the ezine for the neglected demographic. And, I figured there were other writers who would like to have their work published but wanted a larger audience than a personal website might provide. The first issue of Clever Magazine was published in August 1998, and we are still going strong. For the first four years we updated the site on a monthly basis. Beginning in 2003 with over 1,000 pages archived, we decided to update the site about every three months or so. We figure we'll change with the seasons.
Update! October 2018: We are passing another milestone. Our 20 year anniversary issue is in progress. I can still remember how exciting it was to begin this long journey. I didn't give much thought to the future when we began this project. That I still might be doing it 20 years later is amazing.
As I acknowledged a few years ago, the internet is changing. Social media comes in many forms. We're facebooking, twittering, reading electronically, and who knows what else. Ezines like Clever have become sort of traditional, and not as edgy and interesting as they once were.
Clever still get lots of traffic. We get fewer "new" subscribers, except for contributors. That's another clue to the changing way we are using the internet. Writers are having a more difficult time than ever finding outlets for their work. Ezines are still collecting the short stories, travel articles and so forth but we are having a much more difficult time interfacing with the new media outlets.
So we need to change with the times. For now, we will still look at submissions but we will be much more selective. We will be looking for work that will interest the casual reader, or will get picked up by other websites. We will continue to publish: essays and short fiction, travel and humorous essays, and nature stories. Our format is designed to remind us of print magazines and our goal is to amuse, entertain and inform the readers, with a touch of humor on occasion. Most of the articles come from contributors (rather than the editor herself) and "Payment" is in the form of bragging rights only.
We are looking for:
The bottom line:
Send material as attached MS Word files to firstname.lastname@example.org
via email: If your material is of relatively short length, please
include it in the body of your email. Photos and accompanying artwork
must be simple, quick-loading images: .jpg only. Send them as
attachments. Do not embed them in your text.
not double space between lines.
We will not edit your work for you. If it isn't ready to publish, we
will return it to you.
Contributor's obligation: If you are published on our site, let your friends know. Encourage them to visit Clever. That will definitely help drive some new traffic our way.
Restrictions: None. You are free to simultaneously publish your work on any other electronic or print magazine.
If you have any questions about Clever Magazine's publishing guidelines, please fire off an email to email@example.com.
Here's the text of an interview I did with
rejectioncollection.com about editing Clever Magazine. Occasionally
Clever rejects material that we receive. This article might help
prospective writers understand the process.
© No portion of Clever Magazine may be copied or reprinted without express consent of the editor.