New Lit Mag, Co-Founded by GW Alumnae, Calls for Submissions

The Knicknackery, a new literary magazine was started by Keren Veisblatt Toledano ’09 and Sonja Vitow ’09, former editors of GW literary publication le culte du moi.  Keren and Sonja wrote in to describe their new venture:
“THE KNICKNACKERY IS A COLLECTION OF SMALL, ECLECTIC THINGS. SO ARE WE. We’re looking for work that plays jump rope with boundaries. We want to be told a good story; that is most important. We want your strange, your off-center, your under-appreciated, your greatest experiment. We prefer to be haunted. We aim to create a collection of well-crafted misfits worth putting on a shelf. Give us stories that are heirlooms.
We are now accepting submissions for our first issues, which means our preferences for content are unestablished, uncertain, and a bit unwieldy.  Please send us your most exciting work.  Please allow up to three months to hear back from us before you query.  We aren’t able to give much, but we offer token payment as we believe writers deserve to be paid for their work. 

Keren Veisblatt Toledano graduated from the George Washington University, with a B.A. in American Studies, and a focus in Mass Communication. She also holds an M.A. from Columbia University in Arts Administration, a field that concerns business operations around cultural institutions. She first fell in love with the English language when her mother used to force administer the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test to her, along with weekly terminology quizzes from Reader’s Digest. Her favorite words include crepuscular, avuncular and other suffixed “culars”.

She began editing literary magazines in high school, for The Laureate. From there, she graduated to editor-at-large of Le Culte du Moi, an experimental publication at the George Washington University. Her work can be found in Pank Magazine, The GW Review, UGallery Blog, Home Made Simple, and her personal website, The Walkup. She is based in New York City.
Keren’s favorite knickknacks include leather-bound books, magnifying glasses, insect specimens, vintage liquor bottles, kids chemistry sets, magnets and paper knives.

Sonja Vitow graduated from the George Washington University with a B.A. in French Language and Literature, and minors in Spanish and German Languages and Literatures. She also has her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College.  Sonja began writing poetry and fiction in the first grade. The previous delay had been not being able to read or write.

She began editing literary magazines as a teenager, most prominently her high school’s literary magazine, The Corinthian, a club she ran on days when the Scrabble Club was not meeting. At GW, she was editor-at-small of Le Culte du Moi with Knicknackery co-editor Keren Veisblatt Toledano. She is currently a reader for Ploughshares. Her work has appeared in Gulf Coast, NANO Fiction, Safety Pin Review, Meadowland Review, Punchnel’s, and is forthcoming in WordsApart Magazine. She is also the recipient of the 2013 Emerson College Graduate Poetry Award and American Academy of Poets Prize.

Sonja’s favorite knickknacks include her grandmother’s Buddha, a pebble-sized porcelain doll from her childhood, and a prolific rubber duck collection.

Co-Editor Keren Veisblatt ’09
Co-Editor Sonja Vitow, ’09

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