Since first setting sailing in 1987, SENSATIONS MAGAZINE has held a steady course through calm and choppy seas - publishing new issues each year, holding over 700 events since January 1988. Now, we chart a new and unusual course - toward achieving our 30th anniversary in December 2017, and remaining a vibrant force for our poets in the years, perhaps decades, beyond.
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SENSATIONS MAGAZINE PUBLISHED WRITERS & ARTISTS
Current Member, Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP)
Current Member, League of New Jersey Historical Societies
First Place, American Literary Magazine Awards, 1994 and 1996
Honorable Mention, Editorial Content, American Literary Magazine Awards, 1995 ("Hope Against Hate" Issue, Summer 1994)
Winner, New Jersey State Jefferson Award for Public Service, 2009
Magazines archived/preserved in The Library of Congress, 2010
Winner, 2011 Dwyer Award for Journalism in New Jersey History
Member, American Friends of Lafayette, 2007-2012
Member, Sussex County Historical Society, 2007-2014
SEEKING NEW PARTICIPANTS (READERS AND LISTENERS) IN THE SENSATIONS MAGAZINE CREATIVE EVENT SERIES, BY INVITATION
The Sensations Magazine Creative Events Series mourns the 2013 passings of poets Moira Bailis, Vera Gelvin, and Eugenia Macer-Story; Moira and Eugenia were active readers in our series for 20 years, and Vera for 10 years. Our loss of these three talented poets in our series has opened the door to bringing in some new participants. Our series is to support active subscribers to the publication: a 2015-2016 subscription is a total of $20, and may include participation in our series. The Sensations Magazine Creative Events Series takes places 3x/year, typically in April, July, and November. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Publisher and Series Host David Messineo via the "Contact" button at upper left.
CHARTING A NEW COURSE, 2014-2017
In April 2012, Sensations Magazine ceased publishing new poetry and fiction, with its release of Issue 50, "Titanic," and a Titanic-themed luncheon held on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic: a dramatic conclusion to 25 years of publishing poets, fiction writers, artists, and photographers from 42 states and 5 continents.
All of which raises two interesting questions:
What goals remain that warrant keeping a deactivated publication active? And how specifically do you go about doing that?
THE LAST NEW DOCUMENTS, 2014
In February 2014, Sensations Magazine completed the construction of its Index and Appendices, summarizing all we've published since 1987. Originally planned for publication in December 2013, research on the Appendices warranted stretching out our publication date.
In December 2014, Sensations Magazine issues its 62nd document, "Ephemera," which shares additional history and memorabilia that hasn't appeared in our other previously published documents.
During 2014, Sensations Magazine also will complete its issue-by-issue summary, via our "Sensations Magazine Published Writers & Artists" page on Facebook (which we invite you to view and "Like" when you have a moment).
2015-2020: ANNIVERSARY REPRINTINGS OF PAST SENSATIONS MAGAZINE ISSUES
Starting in 2015, Sensations Magazine does something we haven't done before: Anniversary Repritings of a selection of previously sold-out issues, and purchase opportunities of past published issues.
December 2015: Reprinting of Sensations Magazine Issue 4, 1990 - including the first segment of our award-winning "Rediscovering America in Poetry" Research Series - for the first time in 25 years.
January 2016: Silver Anniversary Reprinting debut, with our by-invitation-only bash, celebrating "The 450th Anniversary of American Poetry," and the start of the 29th season of the Sensations Magazine Creative Events Series.
Summer 2016: Reprinting of Sensations Magazine Issue 5, 1991 - including Part 2 of our award-winning "Rediscovering America in Poetry Research Series - for the first time in 25 years.
December 2016: Reprinting of Sensations Magazine Issue 6, 1991 - including Part 3 of our award-winning "Rediscovering America in Poetry Research Series - for the first time in 25 years.
Summer 2017: Reprinting of Sensations Magazine Issue 7, 1992 - including Part 4 of our award-winning "Rediscovering America in Poetry Research Series - for the first time in 25 years.
December 2017: Next reprinting of a selected issue, and 30th anniversary of the publication of Sensations Magazine
January 2018: 30th anniversary of the Sensations Magazine Creative Events Series.
2018 AND BEYOND
Even when Sensations Magazine ultimately ceases all print production activities - estimated in 2020, with the republication of our 2000 Sensations Magazine Issue 20, "Scenic New Jersey" - our reading series - the aforementioned Sensations Magazine Creative Events Series, among the 25 longest continually-operating reading series in America - will continue, hopefully into the 2020s or beyond.
So, although we are no longer accepting fiction or poetry submissions as of February 1, 2012, Sensations Magazine is still in operation and quite active - subscriptions are still available, events are still being held, inquiries still may be made.
HOW TO NAVIGATE THIS WEBSITE
At the upper left above, please go to:
"Upcoming Events" button - for 2014 events (updated monthly, and always including "open mic" opportunities attached to feature performances)
"Join the Club" button - to order items
"Contact Us" button - to make inquiries
Sensations Magazine has been a vibrant force and positive influence in the careers of numerous poets, fiction writers, artists, painters, and photographers. I look forward to continuing to provide a social and supporting/leading role for our community in the years ahead, and encourage you to stay the course, renew your subscription, and join me in sailing these seas together, toward our 30th anniversary!
THE HISTORY OF SENSATIONS MAGAZINE
QUICK SUMMARY/PUBLICATION HISTORY
As an independently-operated, non-grant-funded, non-university-affiliated print publication that has published fiction, poetry, and new footnoted research articles on American poetry and history, with new issues out each year for 25 consecutive years (since Issue 1, December 1987), and won multiple national awards for its work, there is no other publication in the United States akin to Sensations Magazine.
Sensations Magazine intends to publish a run of 62 original documents, and a small series of Second Printings. The first 60 documents are done: 51 separately bound magazines (Issues 1-50, with Issue 49 in two separately bound parts), 5 Sensations Magazine supplements (Fall 2005, Winter 2005, Spring 2011, Summer 2011, and the 2011/2012 'Silver Anniversary Sampler'), 1 "Scenic New Jersey" Index to Photographs, and 3 editions of "The Lafayette Township Heritage Research Series."
The publication's run of new documents will end with the Sensations Magazine Index and Appendices (Dec 2013, document 61), and Sensations Magazine Ephemera (Dec 2014, document 62). Second printings of previous issues will follow in succeeding years.
Once it has completed its Silver Anniversary Reprintings, Sensations Magazine will close all print publication operations except its poetry reading series - The Sensations Magazine Creative Events Series, started in 1988 and among the 25 longest continually operating poetry reading series in America.
In its service across three decades, Sensations Magazine will have met or exceeded all of its primary artistic goals, as spearheaded by Founder and Publisher David Messineo and executed in partnership with his volunteer staff (Fiction Editor Marilyn Hartl, Fiction Editor Paul Nash, and Production Manager Kleber de Freitas).
Sensations Magazine is a 2014-15 member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), is indexed in Humanities International Complete, was indexed the Index of American Periodical Verse (before that ceased in 2007), and is listed in the 2009 and earlier editions of Poet's Market, and earlier editions of Novel and Short Story Writer's Market and Writer's Market. Sensations Magazine Issues 1-50 are all sold out, with none "remaindered" (front cover torn off, residue sent back to be destroyed).
Sensations Magazine was one of the few literary magazines in America to offer both cash and copies for the "Best Batch" of poems per issue, and for the #1 story per issue.
ABOUT OUR AMERICAN HISTORY RESEARCH
Along with magazine publishing, The Six Centuries Club (parent company for Sensations Magazine, 2007-2011) has published new research into American history, from "the pre-United States days" of the 1500s and 1600s, to prospects for the future by the end of the 21st century, all from a multicultural standpoint. Poets, fiction writers, and historians are welcomed to join as club members, as is anyone with an interest in learning more about American history from a multicultural perspective, as are institutional members such as libraries, historical societies, "friends" groups, museums, etc. Point of note: we won the 2011 Dwyer Award for Journalism of New Jersey History, awarded by the Advocates for New Jersey History, for our research articles about America in the 1500s and 1600s, which essentially create a "new" American history, changing our perspective on both our earliest European explorers and pre-1700 architecture in the current United States.
ABOUT OUR FUNDING AND PHILOSOPHY
As a result of a flexible and rotational "consortium of cooperation," Sensations Magazine has published new issues each year, without use of any taxpayer dollars, ever. Unlike most of our competitors, we have never taken Federal, state or local government grant funding to publish poetry and fiction, or to sponsor events (while some of our fellow literary magazine publishers have taken thousands). This is thanks to our subscribers, and our fleet of 100 regional advertisers for The Six Centuries Club, which completed operations on December 31, 2011.
Yet, as with any community that attempts to improve the quality of life in New Jersey (by offering free events, and by being a support group for a dynamic writing community), we need funding to keep the free events coming - and to keep our publishing and research free of government censorship or university "Board of Director"-level interference.
So if you believe in freedom of speech and freedom of expression, and if the above sounds like something you'd like to support, please go to the button at left, and "Subscribe" today.
This website is written and updated solely by David Messineo, Publisher of Sensations Magazine. Any opinions embedded within these webpages are his and his alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sensations Magazine or its volunteer staff, writers, readers, subscribers, or corporate or organizational financial sponsors.