I'm excited to share the first issue of Cleaning up Glitter, a literary journal with you! This has been something I've been brewing for awhile, and decided to take a chance on this year. The name of this literary journal came to me one day as I stood at the top of our basement stairs and tried to make sense of what I was seeing. Sequins and glitter were scattered on each step, smooshed into the carpet, and my daughter was calling from the basement, "isn't it BEAUTIFUL, Mom!!!"
In a moment when, not-so-long-ago I would have lost my shit, I laughed. The stairs were beautiful. They were beautiful, and messy, and I knew we would be picking glitter out of those stairs for years. In that moment I realized, isn't that what life is about - it's beautiful, messy, and you may feel like you'll never stop cleaning up after other people, but if you can pause for a moment, you may find some joy in the mess. This is the premise of our mission statement: we empower new and emerging writers to share their perspective of the human experience with us, so we can learn from each other and grow together.
I am incredibly grateful to the nearly 80 (80!) writers who sent in a submission for this edition. When I was contemplating this endeavor, someone said to me, “there are a lot of literary journals, but even more writers waiting to publish their work.” And while it was impossible to accept every submission, I'm honored that they took a chance on this venture.
Looking ahead, our June issue will be a celebration of Pride, and we are excited to feature writers who identify as LGBTQ+. Submissions will be accepted until May 22nd!
On behalf of our authors and artists, thank you for reading and sharing their work.
Amy Walsh, Founder
Cleaning up Glitter, Inc.
PS - I did intentionally leave my own writing out of this first edition: The piece I was planning on using is being entirely reworked (as writers, I am sure you can understand and appreciate this phenomenon), and I didn't want to hold everything up because of me! We are living real life over here :)