I’m pleased to announce a the launch of a new online mormon literary magazine, Popcorn Popping.
I rarely shy away from self-aggrandizement, and this is no exception. But this new project is particularly exciting because it represents something unique: an online journal for all publishable forms of Mormon narrative, from poetry and prose to design and photography, where authors can get feedback and ideas from other authors while getting their works out there for the public.
Popcorn Popping is fundamentally a literary magazine: authors submit content, which undergoes an editorial review and revision process prior to publication, with 1-3 pieces published per weekly issue each Tuesday. But in addition to the pre-publication editing process (which new authors may find unfamiliar), Popcorn Popping also presents a novel post-publication editing process in the form of comments from readers and other authors, taking the form of an online writing workshop (which all authors will find unfamiliar). The site will also offer columns from time to time on the writing process and authorship in general.
Orson Whitney set forth the challenge: “We will yet have Miltons and Shakespeares of our own. God’s ammunition is not exhausted. His brightest spirits are held in reserve for the latter times. In God’s name and by his help we will build up a literature whose top shall touch heaven, though its foundations may now be low in [the] earth.” Popcorn Popping represents a new effort to strive towards this vision.