We Have A Font!

Janson FontThe people have spoken, and the choice is clear: you want Janson.

With 14 votes, Janson beat Linux Libertine (12 votes) and High Tower (8 votes). Janson has a nice literary look to it. It’s more elegant than Times New Roman yet just as readable.

Janson’s also tighter than Book Antiqua, the font we used last year. I went back to the Adobe InDesign document from the 2013 anthology and applied Janson to all the stories, essays, and poems. This small change alone yielded eight black pages.

This font, with the addition of 16 extra pages, will allow the editors to select more deserving pieces of literature you’ve created in 2013. It’ll also allow us to accept more long pieces, which are often hard to publish because they require so much real estate in literary journals.

More space does not mean it’ll be easier to place a story or poem in the next book. The growth of the Burlington Writers Workshop means more people are eligible to submit. I’ve already received several submissions, so competition will be fierce, and we won’t publish things just to fill space. We could, for example:

  • Include longer author biographies and possibly include photos (not my preference, but certainly possible).
  • Ask authors to write something about what inspired them (as authors in the Best American series do).
  • Save more space for a long introduction.
  • Bring the book back down to 128 pages.

I doubt we’ll have to scale back down from 144, since we’re also adding photography/artwork. We will have to turn away good pieces of art. I’m looking forward to seeing what you will submit and which pieces the editors will choose.

The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2013. Send your work to: submissions@burlingtonwritersworkshop.com

About Peter Biello

Peter Biello is the host of All Things Considered on New Hampshire Public Radio and a writer of short stories, novels, book reviews, and essays. He's also the host of The Bookshelf, a series of interviews with authors from or writing about the Granite State.
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