Media Releases

November 1999

HANDGLASS.com:
Introducing a new "little magazine" with a fresh twist—
and no limits

HANDGLASS.com is a new online literary magazine published, edited, and written by deaf and hard-of-hearing writers. The emphasis is on works with universal appeal—not just "Deaf perceptions."

The tag line of HANDGLASS.com is "Writing beyond our ears." Raymond Luczak, editor of HANDGLASS.com, is well-known in and outside the Deaf community as an author, anthologist, playwright, poet, and film critic. In his introduction, he says, "We deaf writers are told we can write about anything, but time and time again, it seems only our deafness-related work gets published. No editor seems to realize that while our own ears may have colored our lives, our hearing loss is not everything in our own work. It’s almost as if we’re being punished for writing about topics other than deafness.

"Worse yet, there isn’t a ‘little magazine’ for us deaf and hard-of-hearing literary writers in America. We deaf writers are passionate about our fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, and yes, we do dare dream that one day we will be taken seriously as other hearing writers. But on our own terms."

HANDGLASS.com is sponsored by DEAF.com, a division of MSM Productions, Ltd., Matthew S. Moore, President of DEAF.com and publisher of HANDGLASS.com, says, "I’m very excited about having HANDGLASS.com as part of DEAF.com. It shows the diversity of our community, which includes first-class literary talent. DEAF.com already has a chatroom (DeafChat.com), a forum (DeafNotes.com), historical-profile site (DummyHoy.com), and is setting up a new site by and for DeafBlind people (MeDeafBlind.com). I’m looking forward to working with Ray in selecting the best work for HANDGLASS.com."

Break free from the old limitations! HANDGLASS.com welcomes contributions from all deaf and hard-of-hearing writers in any genre: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Quality is the prime consideration. Works should be submitted in E-mail attachments only, preferably in Word (.rtf).

HANDGLASS.com is distributed via E-mail, in a PDF file to enable anyone to read with Adobe Acrobat Reader (available free via downloading) to read, and print if desired.

Online subscriptions are free, and contributors whose work is accepted for HANDGLASS.com will be paid.

For complete information on sending in work, criteria, guidelines, rates, and deadlines, visit the site at http://www.handglass.com.

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