31 January 2010

The Pope Makes Midnight Deadline

The submission deadline for the Third Doctrine (the March issue) is tonight at midnight, as soon as the last day of January turns to the first day of February. On another note, to standardize the Doctrines, the Editors have decided that up to ten poems and up to three short stories will be published for each Doctrine, until any further notice.

In the meantime, please follow Ex_Cathedra on Twitter for continuous updates!

28 December 2009

The Pope's New Friend.

Here's the inside scoop on a new open submissions call by a top-notch literary magazine!

Cavalier Literary Couture, a new online and print publication that places emphasis on fine writing by emerging and established authors, wants you to submit your best unpublished literature! Cavalier is a lifestyle brand, in addition to being a golden literary venue for wonderful writing. It will launch its first print issue in January 2010, starting off the new year with a big bang! The hype has been building up for several months in New York City, but it's time for the entire literary world to hear. The Editors highly recommend submitting unpublished fiction, non-fiction, and poetry to Cavalier, through the very simple Submissions tool on the main website http://www.cavalierliterarycouture.com/. Good luck!


The Editors
Ex Cathedra Literary Magazine
New York, NY

23 December 2009

The Pope Leaves Hibernation

Dearest readers,

Thank you for your continued commitment and contributions to Ex Cathedra. More significantly, however, thank you for your adamant commitment to the fate of fine literature.

The next issue of Ex Cathedra is due in March 2010 and submissions for the issue are officially open, and will close on 1 February 2010. Please forgive the Editors for the slow response time, as there have been an unexpected number of submissions. This issue is bound to be one of the most selective. Competition and variety are certainly good. Only the finest literary pieces will survive the selection process.

In the meantime, the Editors wish all of you a happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year!

07 October 2009

The Pope Anticipates the Second Doctrine.

Good news! After much deliberation and labor, the Editors have taken order to release the Second Doctrine on Saturday, the tenth day of October 2009. The issue will feature over twenty amazing emerging writers. Submissions for the Third Doctrine shall open upon the release of the Second Doctrine!

13 September 2009

The Pope Reschedules.

Due to the high volume of submissions, and the Editors' decision to consider additional work from outstanding authors, the Second Doctrine will appear on the tenth day of October 2009. There is no need to panic or worry, since this issue is a most promising one, bound to quench the perfectionist's literary thirst.

31 August 2009

The Pope Has Some News.

Dearest writers and readers,

First of all, a huge thank you to all of the contributors to the Second Doctrine. Many fine submissions were reviewed, but only the finest made the cut. The issue will feature a beautiful amalgamation of the finest emerging and established writers. The Second Doctrine will appear in its pdf form on 12 September 2009. Submissions for the Second Doctrine are now closed, and any submissions sent in the past week shall be considered for the next issue, publication date to be determined.

Secondly, it is important to note that Ex Cathedra Literary Magazine will now only be published twice per year, until further notice.

Thank you for your gorgeous literary work and imperishable patronage! Keep reading and writing!

"Go, and do thou likewise." -LUKE, 10:37

The Editors
Ex Cathedra Literary Magazine
New York, NY

19 August 2009

The Pope Has His Days.

Recently, Ex Cathedra was somehow linked to a scandal of sorts... Okay, that may be a bit melodramatic. But it certainly was involved in what appears, at the very least, to be a minuscule controversy (read: argument) with one angry writer. It would be appropriate to consider this writer the nasty, unwanted writer.

Here's the word on the street... Apparently, there was a writer who submitted a literary piece that required some (rather extensive) editing. Its theme, however, was very controversial and interesting, and it seemed to have potential. Because Ex Cathedra admires risk-taking emerging writers, the literary piece caught the interest of the Editors. Trying to suffocate all doubts, perhaps, they thought that something could be made of this roughly written piece. It seemed like a diamond in the rough initially, but eventually it turned out to be a piece of recycled plastic.

However, the Editors decided to give the work a chance if, upon the author's approval, they would be able to work with the author to improve it. For the record, the Editors of Ex Cathedra never edit any part of any literary submission whatsoever, without the explicit approval and cooperation of the respective author.

Thus, a form letter was sent to the writer. Upon receiving the letter, the author somehow managed to lose track of which literary piece had been submitted, and therefore became unnecessarily angered. What happened next was probably a reflex or impulse, taken out online, under a rush of rage.

The writer demanded that a representative from Ex Cathedra immediately respond to his e-mail inquiring the title of the literary piece that had been submitted... (Remember, Ex Cathedra does not accept previously published work or multiple submissions, and hopes that all submitting writers know exactly which literary pieces they are submitting.)

It appeared that the author wasn't very organized, and was somewhat disinterested and compulsively angered by any form of communication. The Editors' initial doubts returned. This time, they could not be suppressed. Is this the author they actually considered publishing in their Library of Congress-approved publication? Certainly not. Slowly, turmoil was beginning to unfold.

Then, just one week after the first angry e-mail, two more e-mails had accumulated. The Editors had just completed reviewing a hefty batch of submissions and returned to respond to replies from writers... After replying to about five e-mails (in the order that they were received), they stumbled upon a threat. The nasty writer had returned, and demanded an answer or else. The e-mail demanded an immediate response or the literary piece would be withdrawn from a contract that had never existed. In its original form, the submission was horrifying and embarrassing. Since there had been no response to the agreement to work together to edit the work, its quality was unworthy of publication in Ex Cathedra Literary Magazine. Additionally, because a rather inappropriate threat was delivered, the Board of Editors, along with several beneficiaries of the magazine, decided that the work would not appear in Ex Cathedra. It would reward bad behavior and compromise the quality of the publication.

What followed was a series of e-mails from the outraged writer. After the literary piece had failed to meet the essential requirements for publication in Ex Cathedra, the author demanded that it be withdrawn from publication. Such a demand could not be honored due to the fact that the piece, in its original state, was never accepted, nor was it on par with the magazine's intrinsic motive of publishing only fine works of literature from emerging and established authors.

All in all, Ex Cathedra loves writers. It exists for writers. It exists because writers exist. It exists to give new writers the chance to voice their passions and thoughts and ideas, and to publish their masterpieces alongside some of the most renowned established writers. Ex Cathedra exists to spark discussion, conversation, debate. It thrives off of these forms of interaction.

So, the Pope's Lesson of the Month is, basically, that Ex Cathedra does not accept threats. Nor does it honor hate and rage.

On a much happier note, here are some funny quotes from the nasty writer's e-mails, and some comments and thoughts below each quotation.

"Can you tell me which story I sent you, I can't find the original e-mail."

No question mark at the end of the sentence... Similar errors found in the writer's literary work.

"...the information you asked for."

Ending in a preposition... Tsk, tsk. Another common error also found in the literary work. Important: Please do not compromise professionalism, ever. It looks really good to have a sense of basic grammatical rules.

"Should you continue to not reply, my next e-mail will be of the nature."

Okay, don't forget this is after just two days of the writer not receiving a response. Furthermore, everyone is confused about the nature thing. Symbolism? Or just all-around mess?


The Editors

13 August 2009

The Pope Secures the Royal Masthead.

The Masthead... Finally?


Managing Editor

Other Prominent People... Royal Guests!

Contributing Editor, The First Doctrine

Guest Editor, The First Doctrine

12 August 2009

The Pope Wants You to Submit.

Ex Cathedra Literary Magazine wants the finest writing possible, no doubt about it! Emerging writers are welcome, always and forever. The First Doctrine was an absolute success, but the Editors still expect the Second Doctrine to be even more well-received.

Please e-mail submissions (following the Submission Guidelines) to fromthechair@gmail.com! Ex Cathedra is published quarterly and the Second Doctrine is due on 12 October. Submissions for this issue will close on 12 September!

19 July 2009

The Pope Uses Twitter.

Follow Ex Cathedra Literary Magazine on Twitter! Stay updated with the latest breaking news and information! Ask questions, recommend authors, send 160-character pieces and stalk the Pope!