805 Lit + Art (ISSN 2379-4593) publishes debut and emerging writers, poets, and artists in our quarterly, online journal. We take unsolicited and simultaneous submissions from contributors worldwide.
We publish four issues a year plus occasional special issues. Each issue contains 4-6 short stories, 1-2 pieces of creative nonfiction, 3-4 poems, and 5-10 pieces of art.
"805" is the Dewey Decimal number for literary journals.
We submit our authors to:
storySouth Million Writers Award
PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize
The Best American Short Stories
The Manatee County Public Library System (MCPLS) is the 2016 Florida Library of the Year thanks to innovative projects such as 805. MCPLS's mission is to nurture imagination, promote lifelong learning, and enrich the community. MCPLS also hosts writing workshops, art classes, live music, a teen recycled fashion show and an annual comics convention. See the MCPLS website for more information on library programs.
Our editorial board consists of librarians, writers, and a professor. Volunteer internships are available to college students studying literature, art, journalism, publishing, or similar fields. Contact us.
Stephanie Katz, Editor-in-Chief, is the Technology Trainer Librarian for the Manatee County Public Library System. 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 has judged for the Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Award. Her favorite literary form is the short story.
Jennifer Aleshire, Poetry Editor, is a youth services librarian for the Sarasota County Public Library System. She received both a Bachelor's in Creative Writing and a Master's in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. Her poetry has been featured in Boston Literary Magazine, Foundling Review, and Harpur Palate.
Julieanna Blackwell writes short fiction and essays. Her stories have appeared in several publications including Lunch Ticket, Ragazine CC, and Thrice Fiction Magazine. Her work has been featured in SCENE Magazine’s yearly beach read issues. The Naples Daily News published her humorous column of personal essays. She was also a finalist for the Florida Writers Association’s Royal Palm Literary Award.
Kaitlin Crockett is a Youth Services Librarian for the Manatee County Public Library System. She earned her Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida, and also has a Bachelors of Arts in Creative Writing from Florida State University. She loves writing and reading poetry and flash fiction, as well as letterpress printing her own broadsides and chapbooks. See more at printstpete.org.
Courtney DeSear is an Assistant Supervisor Librarian for the Manatee County Public Library System. 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.
Jade McGowan is a librarian and Programming Coordinator for the Manatee County Public Library System. 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. See her writing tips, information,and encouragement for emerging writers at facebook.com/jademcgowanstories.
Matthew Masucci is an Associate 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.