Dearest Dying Dahlia Readers and Writers —
DDR will be taking another break.
Why? Well, I think there are many reasons a literary journal/review needs to take a break from time to time.
One reason, the biggest reason, is time. The work we do at DDR is a labor of love, as cliché as the phrase may be. And like you, we have jobs. Jobs that generate an income or jobs that do not generate an income but are just as important (Talking to all you moms out there!).
And then there is the time we are not at our job. The time for us, the time with our family, the time to just be. The time to let our brains be creative and consider new ideas and come back to DDR with a fresh perspective. All of us, including you, need to allow ourselves to take breaks. To take in everything, rather than work, work, work and potentially push away any creative ideas the universe might be sending our way that we may be too busy to notice.
So for that reason, my friends, we are taking a break. To refresh and renew. There are some changes that will be made to DDR. Some reflections that need to be had. But mostly, DDR does not want to push out just any ole poetry or story or art. We want quality. We want work that moves us. And we also want to promote our contributors, these women writers to the best of our abilities. And most of all, we want to provide you, the reader, with a review worth reading.
So in order to do that, we have to carve out time to labor for this love, this passion, this purpose. We won’t be silent. We will NOT stop reading your submissions. We love them and look forward to publishing some amazing work by you amazing women very, very soon.
Until then, stick around. Keep submitting. Send us a note. Perhaps a message in a bottle. But above all, keep reading everything and always keep writing.
P.S. We have a wonderful archive. Make sure you go back and revisit those beloved poems, flash fiction and art. All of them are worth a second (and third) read!