The Massachusetts Review, in its 60th anniversary, promotes social justice and equality, along with great art. Committed to aesthetic excellence as well as public engagement, they publish literature and art that provokes debate, inspires action, and expands our understanding of the world around us.
Managing Editor, Emily Wojcik has worked in nonprofit publishing for more than a decade, first with Paris Press in Ashfield, MA, and now the Massachusetts Review.
Massachusetts Review is a journal “more interested in the world than the self”—it’s a little bit more on the political and social justice side.
Managing Editor, Emily Wojcik, shares the best analogy for writing that takes a while to get started. (You might have the theme music to a beloved cartoon from the 80s running through your head after this.)
She shares her wisdom on trusting your own writing and trusting that the reader is okay with endings that don’t necessarily “satisfy.” But she also empathizes with writers who try on different things (what they hear in workshops, from outside advisers) because they get nervous and really want to be published.
One thoughtful question she has for writers is: Where are you getting in your own way? This comes from her experience of seeing a lot of writing that is almost there in the MR slush pile. And she advises writers to learn to distinguish between what is sharp and almost there and what is not quite there.