Greetings, and welcome to Casino Literary Magazine. I’m Casey DW Jones, founding editor.
In July of 2019, I was taking a design course through Minneapolis College of Art & Design. One of my projects was to develop a logo from scratch for a brand that did not yet exist. I chose a literary magazine and designed our now ubiquitous poker chip logo. A few days later, I bought the domain for casinolitmag.com and started building our website. I had talked about building a lit mag for years and it was time to put up and shut up.
After I finished my MFA at Hamline University in Saint Paul in 2017, I found myself at a crossroads. I continued to write short fiction (and still do), but I couldn’t shake my craving for the editorial process. I served as a fiction screener, an assistant editor, and an associate editor for Water-Stone Review during my time at Hamline. (Strangely, I may have enjoyed screening the slush pile as much – or more – than anything else.) I grew to crave the feeling I get when I encounter a new voice and an original story that I know will resonate with other readers like me.
I honestly don’t care to profit from this adventure. I simply want to connect great writers to great readers, and reward great writers for being great writers. That’s all. I hope you enjoy the high-stakes fiction we plan to publish. And I hope that if you’re an emerging writer, you submit your best shit to us during one of our biannual reading periods.
One final thing. I know from personal experience how solitary a pursuit writing can seem, especially for new and emerging writers. How few our perceived successes are, creatively and financially, compared to our perceived failures. I also recognize it’s expensive to submit work over and over again. That’s why it is Casino Literary Magazine’s we will pay each contributor something. That’s why we charge a submission fee. There’s really no other reason.
I hope you enjoy our collection of short stories. And thank you for your support of small and independent presses and magazines like ours.