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Under the Gum Tree

Tell Stories Without Shame

About Under the Gum Tree: Under the Gum Tree is an independent literary arts micro-magazine. Because we strive for authentic connections through vulnerability, we exclusively publish creative nonfiction and visual art.

Contact Information:

Editors: Janna Marlies Maron, Robin Martin, Stephanie Anderson

Email: info@underthegumtree.com

Website: underthegumtree.com

Submission Information:

Genres: nonfiction, photography, artwork

Simultaneous submissions: yes Online submissions: yes (see website) Reading period: year-round Response time: 6-8 weeks Payment: no Contests: no ISSN: 2164-487X Founded: 2011 Issues per year: 4 Print issues: yes (see website)

Publisher's description: Under the Gum Tree is a story telling project, publishing creative nonfiction in the form of a micro-magazine. We strive for authentic connections thorough vulnerable, personal storytelling, and we publish pieces that incorporate film, food, or music, as well as other stuff our real lives are made of. We believe in the power of sharing a story without shame. Too much of the human experience gets hidden behind constructed facades based on what we perceive the world expects from us. Stop hiding. Live a story. Tell it without shame.

Why creative nonfiction?

These days everyone is a writer, an author, and a publisher. That’s the beauty of technology.

But what if you’re looking for a story that’s more moving than your everyday blog post? What if you’re looking for a story that’s more empowering than your friends’ Facebook status updates? Or a story that goes deeper—WAY deeper—than your Twitter feed? Creative nonfiction (also called literary nonfiction by some) is a genre that takes storytelling to a level beyond “I was 12 years old when my mom died.” Instead, with creative nonfiction, we meet that 12-year-old and watch him cope with the pain by playing with his sister’s Barbie dolls. It makes us feel like we are 12 years old again, and makes us imagine what it’s like to grow up without a mother. And maybe, even if both our parents are still living, we’re moved to share our own story of loss.

Under the Gum Tree finds those stories and presents them in a quarterly digital magazine.

Recent Issues:

Summer has officially begun and to celebrate the new season Under The Gum Tree (Issue 12, July 2014) is bringing you an entirely new issue. Filled with featured stories, stories from our departments of Fork and Spoon, Sound Track, Stomping Ground and 1000 Words, there is a medley of reading to enjoy for everyone. Featuring “The Frederick Boy” by Chelsea Schott, “Rescue” by Robert Freedman, “How to Pack a Suitcase” by Patrick Kindig, “Sea Bright, New Jersey” by Janna Marlies Maron, “Purgatory” by Doug Dertinger, “Sevim’s Serenity” by Justin Ickes, “Capturing the Beauty” by Rachel Lowrance, “Mr.s Harris” by Lucy Black,” and visual art by Geoffrey Todd Smith.

The April 2014 issue featuers “Ashley and I” by Ryan Mitchell, “Nine Kinds of Flight” by Deborah Meltvedt, “Exoskeleton, An Excerpt from Carapace” by Jessica Hagemann, “The Walk” by Louis Phillips, “Mock Turtle Soup” by Sheila Squillante, “Long Play” by Katy Sargent, “Seamus” by Pamela Williamson, “Julie Delpy’s Dog” by Mark Lewandowski, and visual art by Lynn Tobin.

January 2014: Along with art by Jane Ryder and Stephen Sheffield, this issue is filled with 6 heartwarming and heartbreaking stories of friendship, and loss from an all-female perspective. Contributors such as Laurie Easter, Jaclyn Harte, and returning contributor Deborah Meltvedt bring us themes of helping friends in times of need, the dangers of bad relationships, and pushing yourself too hard, along with many others.


last updated 07/07/2014