The Best of New Writing on the Web

December 21, 2007


Filed under: Uncategorized — litlove @ 12:43 pm

I’ve been blogging long enough now to know that not only is the web full of high quality writers, it’s also a place where all kinds of original and unusual types of writing find a home. The orthodox market for publishing has, by its nature, become so standardized and conservative over the past twenty years that there simply hasn’t been any place in it for an awful lot of new, exciting, and niche writing. What we would like to publish, ultimately, is a collected volume of new writing from the internet, one that showcases the talent on display on the web and provides a crossover pathway between the orthodox book reading public and those already well acquainted with the blogosphere. We think such a volume could have a widespread appeal, offering bloggers the chance to see their work in print, and encouraging book readers to venture out into the internet with some sense of the sites they might enjoy and the sheer potential for new writing out there.

However, it’s a big wide web, and I’m only one pair of eyes. What we’ve done initially is to start this new blog here, The Best of New Writing on the Web, and, weekly, I’ll be posting a selection of great writing. I want YOU to nominate that writing for me. If you’ve written something you’re particularly proud of, or if you’ve been reading a post that has struck you as notably well-written, then EMAIL ME THE LINK at It doesn’t matter what the post is about; content is irrelevant right now, as is the kind of writing, be it fiction or non-fiction, opinion pieces, life writing or poetry. All that matters is the quality of the writing and the talent of the blogger. Once a week I’ll make a selection and cross post the pieces at the blog site; it’ll be a kind of online weekly magazine, I hope. If the blog does well enough and we get a suitable range and quantity of posts to choose from, then we can use those nominations as the basis for a published volume.

It’s early days and I’m very conscious of the need to be flexible until we know what works. When I say ‘the best of’, you’ll be realizing that that means, ‘what I like’. It’s not a particularly sophisticated criterion, and the best I can say for it is that I’ve spent fifteen years now working one way or another as a literary critic, so I know my own mind, if nothing else. But it may well be that every so often we’ll invite offers for a guest editor, just to welcome in a fresh perspective. Please know we’re very interested in any ideas, suggestions and recommendations other bloggers might have. But to get this project launched, all I need right now is nominations for suitable blog posts. I’ll be scouting around too, but the more writing I have presented to me, the better. So don’t forget, email me at , and I hope to have a first edition of the blogzine out on 1st January 2008. Promote your work and support your fellow bloggers!



  1. I’ve written about 120 poems in free verse, some rage like a lost child, some stay staid, a few have minor tears to drown a cactus, others flood a village, but when I don’t hate them all or love them all I find that one I loved as deep, everyone finds shallow, and one I hated, thought to throw away, someone has embraced with meanings I never intended or thought but the hug sounds so good I wish to say, “yes, of course, it means that(and I didn’t write it accidentally, but brought it to life from deep thought and some royal muse of mine — {seems like a fine lie to have}” . I’d hate to recommend my worst and be embarrassed by a lump of coal when it’s possible I have a gem under a hay stack. I don’t know what rhymes with Quandary…

    Comment by Doug — December 22, 2007 @ 12:01 pm | Reply

  2. Doug – thank you so much for introducing your work here. I’d very much like to encourage writers like yourself to step forward! I’ll be visiting your site for a good read very soon.

    Comment by litlove — December 24, 2007 @ 12:06 pm | Reply

  3. I have some bloggers in mind already for recommendations, but perhaps 8pm on New Year’s Eve isn’t the best time to email anyone. Especially since our guest will arrive any moment. Happy New Year! What a great project this is to start off the year!

    Comment by dew — January 1, 2008 @ 3:09 am | Reply

  4. I agree–What a great way to start the new year! Excellent reads here–thanks so much for doing this!

    Comment by soundofbuilding — January 1, 2008 @ 3:23 pm | Reply

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