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  • About 805
    805 Lit + Art is an award-winning litmag that publishes debut and emerging writers, poets, and artists weekly on our website. We also publish special online issues throughout the year and occasional print anthologies. We take unsolicited and simultaneous submissions from contributors worldwide. 805 was founded in 2015 and run by a team of librarians and writers. "805" is the Dewey Decimal number for literary journals. Originally published by Manatee County Public Library System, 805 has been published independently since 2022. Free to read. Free to submit. ISSN: 2379-4593.
  • Editors
    Our editorial board consists of library professionals, writers, students, and a professor. Stephanie Katz, Editor-in-Chief, is a librarian with Manatee Libraries. She earned her Bachelor's in Creative Writing at the University of Central Florida and her Master's in Library and Information Science at the University of South Florida. She was selected as one of Library Journal’s 2020 Movers & Shakers for her work with 805. Her professional and creative writing can be found in various publications including the Programming Librarian, Journal of Library Administrators, School Library Journal, YALS, Strategic Library, Authors Publish Magazine, Florida Libraries, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, SoFloPoJo, Love Me Love My Belly, Moms Who Write The Future of Us anthology, and Akashic Books. She is the author of Libraries Publish: How to Start a Magazine, Small Press, Blog, and More (Libraries Unlimited, ABC-CLIO, 2021). Mary Chris Bailey is a retired pediatric emergency medicine physician. She attended medical school, trained in pediatrics at Oregon Health Sciences University, and completed her pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Boston University. She was an attending physician at Children's Hospital Boston and held a clinical appointment at Harvard School of medicine. She established a pediatric emergency medicine program at Newton Wellesley Hospital, serving as the Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. During her medical career, she co-authored papers, wrote textbook chapters, co-edited the pediatric section of an emergency medicine textbook, and wrote a parent's advice column for a local paper. She now devotes her time to creative writing and is editing her completed memoir. Her work has appeared in Please See Me, Pulse, Defenestration, and others. Jae Worthy Johnson is a librarian and Programming Coordinator for Manatee Libraries. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in writing at Cornell University and her Masters of Arts in Library and Information Science at the State University at Albany, New York. She loves literary fiction for its beauty of language and understated power. Her work has appear in Copperfield Review and The McGuffin. Courtney DeSear, Poetry Editor, is an Assistant Supervisor Librarian for the Manatee Libraries. She earned her Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida, and also has a Masters of Arts in Children's Literature from Simmons College. A former bookseller and teacher, Courtney loves to read Young Adult books, short stories, romance, nonfiction and fantasy. Julieanna Blackwell, flash fiction editor, is a writer of short stories and essays. Her work has appeared in Lunch Ticket, Literary Orphans, Slippery Elm Literary Journal, MoonPark Review, and elsewhere. The Naples Daily News published her humorous column of personal essays and her stories have also been featured in local magazines and publications. She was the co-ambassador of the Authors Guild-Tampa Branch. She developed and leads the “Elements and Arcs” series of writing classes and workshops, which are designed for the adult library patron interested in exploring creative writing and flash fiction. Sylva Osbourne is a Librarian I of Information Services for Manatee Libraries. She earned her Master’s in Library Science from the University of Indiana in Bloomington, IN. She enjoys puzzles, plants, and video games, and especially loves reading fantasy, drama, romance, graphic novels, comics, and manga. Makayla Berry earned her Bachelor's in English with a focus in Mass Communications at the University of North Florida and is pursuing her Master's in Library and Information Sciences at the University of South Florida. She works as a Youth Services Library Associate III at Clay County Public Library System. She writes poetry and short stories, and she is working on her first chapbook. Matthew Masucci is an Professor of Language and Literature at the State College of Florida. He is the faculty advisor of Elektraphrog, the State College of Florida Venice Campus student literary and arts magazine. He enjoys reading genre fiction and presenting papers on Literature of the Fantastic. His next presentation is “Angry Eden: Approaching Plant Entelechy through Plant Horror and Eco-Colonization in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy” at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. Editors Emeritus: Jennifer Aleshire Kevin Beach David Breakfield Samantha Canuel Paige Eve Chant Kaitlin Crockett Kristin Dashiell Aaron Drake Ana Y. Feliciano Chico Sarah Gibson Cheryl Harrell Lexie Mauer Molly Saunders Brooke M. Smith Madalyn Sullivan Mary Tischbein
  • Praise for 805
    Florida Library Association Innovation Award, 2018 Editor in Chief Stephanie Katz named Library Journal Mover & Shaker for work with 805 Poets & Writers, "Nine New Lit Mags You Need to Read" Book Riot, "Literary Magazines Published by Libraries," 2020 Tampa Bay Creative Loafing, Runner Up- Best Local Literary Journal, 2017 The Review Review, "New Lit Mag Celebrates Young Writers With Teen Issue," by Laurence Levey Authors Publish Magazine, "20 Literary Journals for New Writers," by S. Kalekar Bradenton Patch, "Black Women Writers, 19th Amendment Celebrated By Manatee Library"
  • Contributor Awards and Prizes
    We submit our authors to the following awards and prizes: The Pushcart Prize Best of the Net Anthology storySouth Million Writers Award PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers The Best American Short Stories The Best American Essays The Best Small Fictions The Best American Nonrequired Reading The O'Henry Prize Bettering American Poetry “Jack and Jill's Final Adventure” by Epiphany Ferrell was published in Best Microfiction 2023. "Hula" by Heidi Turner was published in Best Small Fictions 2023. “You Don’t Even Know How Breathtaking You Are” by Nina Tichava was selected as a finalist for Best of the Net 2023. "Molasses Men Dance Wildly Under Flamingo Suns" by Stephen Foster Smith was a finalist for the Best of the Net Anthology 2022. "Ne Plus Ultra" by Najah Webb was published in Best Microfiction 2021. "Whatever They Told You Not to Be" by Natalie Hernandez was published in The Best Small Fictions 2019. "Little Birch Tree” by Courtney Prather was a finalist for the Best of the Net Anthology 2017.
  • Contact Us
    Email us: editor [at] 805lit.org
  • Journals from Other Libraries
    Balanced Rock: The North Salem Review elementia Fourth & Sycamore Kids in Print Large Print Mason Street Review Messages from the Hidden Lake Rundelania So It Goes Stuck in the Library Tornado Alley Word Fountain

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