PANK Magazine To Close Its Doors At Year's End

PANK Magazine

Very sad news broke this morning: PANK Magazine, a literary mainstay since 2006, will cease all publication at the end of the calendar year, according to the magazine's blog. No reasons for this decision were given in the brief post, which was cosigned by the primary publishers/editors M. Bartley Seigel and Roxane Gay. They did however disclose that one final print issue and two online issues will appear before PANK closes its doors.

The "letter of resignation" ended with this bittersweet passage:

We are immeasurably proud of our publications and have boundless gratitude for all the staff, contributors, and each and every reader who has labored alongside us over the last decade. It's been an immensely gratifying ride. PANK loves you.

No word on whether the website and its fiction archive will remain active.

If you're not familiar with PANK, you're missing out on some damn good writing. The magazine published pieces from LitReactor instructors Joshua Mohr and Richard Thomas, as well as a wonderful bit of magical realism from Tessa Mellas, just to name a few. Go check them out.

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Dino Parenti's picture
Dino Parenti from Los Angeles is reading Everything He Gets His Hands On July 30, 2015 - 9:28am

Bummer. Tried to get in there twice, and had plans for a third-and-final shot. Really dug that journal.

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Elex Pruteanu July 30, 2015 - 9:41am

Lucky enough to have been published there; and lucky enough to have met and spoken with Roxane on several occasions. Not lucky enough to have this wonderful lit journal continue on into the future. Very sad news indeed.

Joshua Chaplinsky's picture
Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine July 30, 2015 - 10:15am

I was lucky enough to be rejected by them once. Have another submission still floating in limbo. 

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies July 30, 2015 - 2:59pm

oh man, bummed. LOVE PANK. honored to have a story of mine with them.

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Bekanator from Kamloops, British Columbia is reading Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter July 31, 2015 - 9:52pm

Super sad. Tried to get into PANK since I started writing short fiction and I'm honoured to have been published in their tenth print issue.