Our Mission Statement:

There are places we carry with us, no matter how far away we get from them. There are people whose faces we see every time we close our eyes. There are ideas so profoundly etched into us that to lose them we would lose a part of ourselves. To some, these could be considered burdens, limitations, even scars, but we know that while these things might haunt us, they provide clarity, focus, and in some ways, identity.

In the forging process, we would consider these things impurities or Slag. But while smithing a piece of metal processes these pieces of slag out, we seek to draw them to the forefront. We seek writing and artwork that hones in on the idiosyncrasies of its creator, that, even if not completely polished, could not have been made by anyone else.

We want your voice, and the little bits of slag within you, to spark and shine.


From the Editor’s Desk:

Dear Readers,

Over these last few silent months, we have been reevaluating and discussing many aspects of The Slag Review. Our lives have been turned upside-down in many ways, as they always seem to (even though it’s a surprise every time), through moves, career changes, and academic advances. Anyway, we’ve been thinking about how best to continue the magazine, what to change, where to focus. 

To that end, we’ll be posting a larger update next week, detailing how some of these changes will work, and what our future plans are (stay excited) but there are two big things to tell you now:

We will no longer be publishing on a quarterly schedule in print and online.

Starting January 1, 2019, we will be publishing BIMONTHLY online and printing an annual edition of the magazine that will feature some pieces from that year as well as brand new ones!

We are so excited we could burst, and we have so many other incredible things to share (but you’ll have to wait just a bit longer).

And secondly, we are excited to announce our nominations for the 2019 Pushcart Prizes!

The Pushcarts have been an essential element of the lit mag community since they were established in 1976, and it is not only an honor for the winners and nominees, but for magazines like us who get to present such wonderful work for nomination. Click here to see our nomination list and read the incredible work our writers submitted!


Always yours,

The Slaggers