Contributor Update: Emilia Phillips

Cover for Empty Clip by Emilia PhillipsToday we are pleased to share news about past contributor Emilia Phillips. Empty Clip, Phillips’ third poetry collection, will be released by University of Akron Press on April 23, 2018. The collection deals with the cultures of violence in the United States and the effect they have on female body image and mental health. Empty Clip is available for preorder from University of Akron Press here.

Four poems by Emilia Phillips can be read in Issue 6 of Superstition Review.

Congratulations, Emilia!

We're Big in Japan

Issue 8: We’re Big in Japan

Now that Issue 8 has launched, we’ve started looking at our Google Analytics to learn more about our readers. Already this has revealed some surprising facts about who visits our site and how they find it. For example, between November 6th and December 6th, 2011, 67% of our viewers visited Superstition Review for the first time. It’s great to know that we’re attracting so many newcomers.

In that same span of time, there were 4,279 unique visits to our site for a total of 13,230 page views. Our readers visited an average of 3 pages per visit, and our most popular section this month was poetry, with a total of 677 views.

41% of viewers visiting our site found us through referring websites, while only 31% found us using a search engine. This statistic shows that we are increasing our affiliations with other like-minded organizations. Not surprisingly, our traffic skyrocketed on December 1st, the day of our launch, with a total of 1,157 unique visitors to our page on that day alone.

Our most frequently viewed contributors from Issue 8 were: Ashley Caveda with 405 views, Eugenio Volpe with 185 views, Nelly Rosario with 166 views, and Steve Yarbrough with 157 views.

We got the most visits from the United States. In the last month, the top 10 cities to view SR were: Phoenix, Tempe, New York, Columbus, Chandler, Scottsdale, Chicago, Ithaca, Indianapolis, and Gilbert.

Google Analytics shows that we are growing internationally as well. Our visitors came from 75 different countries, with the second highest number of hits coming from Japan. Superstition Review was viewed in 34 languages, with the three most popular being American English, British English, and Japanese.

We had a few visitors from some unexpected places. Google Analytics shows that between November 6th and December 6th, we had visitors from Pakistan, Iran, Sudan, Latvia, Lithuania, Haiti, Laos, Kuwait, Thailand, and Iceland.

These statistics help us get a sense of who is reading Superstition Review, what sections of our site are most popular, and how our readers find their way to our magazine. It really is exciting to see the data behind our growth as a publication. Thanks to all of our readers for visiting.


Call for Interns

Superstition Review is now accepting applications for ASU undergraduate student interns for Fall 2010!

A Bit About the Internship:

Superstition Review is an online literary magazine that publishes fresh fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, artwork, photography, and interviews from both established and emerging writers across the United States. A teaching tool of the Literature, Writing, and Film program at ASU’s Polytechnic campus, Superstition Review is a three credit course that gives ASU undergraduate interns valuable hands-on experience in publishing a literary magazine. The interns do all the work themselves, from soliciting and selecting work for publication to designing and maintaining the Superstition Review website—meaning no intern’s time is wasted getting other people’s coffee. Plus, the hours are flexible, as all work is done online through a course Blackboard site.

To gain a better idea of what specific positions entail, explore the intern interviews and progress updates right here on our blog. For specific applicant guidelines, see the application below.

Fall 2010 Superstition Review Internship Application

If you’ve been following our blog and are dying to work with us, now’s your chance! Applications are being accepted until positions are filled, so apply soon! We can’t wait to work with you.

The Great American Journey Novel

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby has often been heralded as the Great American Novel, featuring a titular character, Jay Gatsby, who made the impossible trek from rags to riches in the name of love. “The Land of Opportunity” is what the United States is often known as–a place where it is possible to move up from poverty and struggle, into a house with a white picket fence, and more.

However, an often ignored element of this “Horatio Alger” formula is the necessity of a journey. It is a long and sometimes difficult path from rags to riches (The American Dream), and while the end result is most often pointed out, it’s the journey that is most important–how and why a character chooses to travel. In The Great Gatsby, the narrator, Nick Carraway also makes a physical and emotional trek–out from the Midwest out into the hub-bub and wasteful wealth of 1920’s Long Island. The story starts from his physical destination, but the emotional development has just begun.

Likewise, Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the two main characters, Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo (based off Thompson himself and friend Oscar Acosta) make a drive across the desert from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in search of The American Dream.

Similarly, in his infamous novel and “love affair with the English language,” Vladmir Nabokov’s protagonist Humbert takes his underage lover in a long road trip across the United States in Lolita.

Therefore, it seems to me that not only is the American story one of class travel, but of geographical travel as well. America specifically is a car nation–driving is very necessary in most American cities. The rising gas prices, as a result, are a major conflict to the American car nation.

We here at Superstition Review have made our own trek in these past two months in reading, collecting, and editing some of the best literary fiction submitted to us from all over America. For those published, it just may even be a dream come true. Remember, writers and artists, that our submissions period ends October 31st.

Hope to see you published in our next issue!