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Junk has been Freshly Pressed

Posted in editor's corner with tags on August 28, 2013 by Tim Elhajj


Junk has been freshly pressed by the editorial team at WordPress, which basically just means we’re getting a lot of traffic.


It’s all coming in for Cheryl Strayed’s Heroin/e, a fantastic essay. We’re so proud she let us post it. I don’t know if I mentioned it, but I really don’t know Cheryl all that well. I am one of her Facebook friends because I am northwest writer and we have a lot of friends in common. I hadn’t even met her when I messaged her and asked if we could post her essay, because it fit so well with our journal’s theme. She wrote me back almost immediately. She made it seem as if I were doing her a favor by posting it. She is just that kind of person.

Now, because of her generosity, the WordPress editorial staff’s help,  a lot more people will get to read her essay. I’m so pleased to be a part of it. It’s a really good story.

Read it.

Read it again.

You won’t be disappointed.


Some Kind of Animal by James Brown

Posted in editor's corner with tags , , , on August 1, 2012 by Tim Elhajj

Doping scandals come, and doping scandals go, but you can count on James Brown to deliver the goods in Some Kind of Animal, his incredible true story about using performance enhancing drugs, now appearing in our summer edition of Junk.

Also, dear readers, we have a great surprise for you in the early fall, but I don’t want to reveal it just yet. I do want to hint. Another great writer, someone really sweet, this time from our own Pacific Northwest backyard. Generous as she is talented, she’s given us permission to run a fabulous story, and we’re proud to present it for the very first time online in its entirety.

Keep watching.

Junk’s 2011 Pushcart Prize Nominations Announced

Posted in editor's corner with tags , , , , , , on December 2, 2011 by Tim Elhajj

Junk announces its 2011 Pushcart Prize nominees:

Slow Burn by Erin Murphy

Cracked by Shannon Barber

One of the delights of running a literary journal is seeing the new work come in and feeling the sense of pride that comes with being able to publish it.

What an honor to be trusted with such great work.

Junk Editorial Staff Goes to the City by the Bay

Posted in editor's corner with tags , , on October 13, 2011 by Editors

Junk was stomping around San Francisco for LITQUAKE. Tim appeared on an author panel that was reviewed favorably in the Bay area press with such notable writers as Bucky Sinister, Alan Kaufman, Cary Tennis, Ali Liebegott, and Wendy Merrill.

But it wasn’t all work. Time was made for goofing off.


We saw the lights.


Left our mark on the hallowed walls.

Some San Francisco passerby giving Holly rabbit ears. Thanks, dude!

Were toyed with by the locals at the sights.


But when we came upon Turk and Taylor, we knew well to turn and head the other way. No need to tempt the fates!

Watch Junk for a new story next week from an anonymous but inspired author. We think you’ll like the “high” he has to offer.

Feel Like a Number

Posted in editor's corner with tags , , on July 29, 2011 by The Editors

This just in from the Library of Congress.

Junk has an official ISSN number. That acronym stands for International Standard Serial Number. For Junk, that number would be: ISSN 2162-4003.

The editorial staff is busy reviewing the presentation guidelines to update the journal. Meanwhile, no one will mistake us for anyone else’s Junk.

Want a little Sugar in your Junk?

Posted in editor's corner with tags , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2011 by Editors

Junk loves “Dear Sugar,” an advice column published every Thursday in The Rumpus. We love “Dear Sugar” because it is well-written, funny, raunchy, and it often makes us cry. Sugar charms us with her confidence. She woos us with eff bombs tossed into the same sentences as endearments such as “dearie” and “sweetpea.” But we love her the most when she cops to her personal junk, telling us stories about her life in order to connect with us. Her stories inform her perspective, and more than any other single variable, perspective is what gives “Dear Sugar” its punch. That’s when the sparks really fly.

And we’re not the only ones who think so.

Recently, “Dear Sugar” appeared in The Sun literary magazine. In the June 2011 edition, The Sun published a compilation of four of Sugar’s columns from The Rumpus as a stand-alone essay. Talk about art meeting life!

Sugar is a pseudonym, the author’s identity a closely guarded secret. But we know that she’s married with two kids, has had sex with both men and women, done heroin, suffered abuse from her father, worked as a counselor with at-risk youth, and that she writes “like a motherfucker.” Her writing reveals her to be ageless: youthful in her indiscretions, ancient in her wisdom.

Meanwhile, Sugar is at work on a book-length memoir under her real name, which may mean that very soon, the identity of Sugar will be revealed to her many admirers. At Junk, we are excited to read her memoir, but, frankly, we’re just as eager to read next Thursday’s column, because even though her identity is currently protected with Guantanamo Bay level security (and her identity interests us just as much as the next reader), we believe Sugar tells us everything we really need to know about herself in her weekly column.

Want a little Sugar with your Junk? Read more here.

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Editorial Staff at Junk

Posted in editor's corner with tags , , , on February 14, 2011 by Tim Elhajj

Fresh Fremont beer

Yesterday the editorial team met in funky Fremont (located on the planet Earth, as duly noted by the sign) to discuss this month’s issue of Junk, which is going to be a real treat. Trust us. We have something really special.

This sign, found on a Fremont sidewalk, pleased us for so many reasons. Its exuberance, its pointed note that the beer in question has only recently been brewed, its emphatic arrow. But most of all, its motto: Because Beer Matters. It’s just fermented malt with sugar and yeast, flavored with a little hops. But it matters.

This is how we feel about our little monthly nonfiction issues. Small and lovely, but they matter. Little valentines from us to you.

Junk Editors Talking Trash with Theo Nestor

Posted in editor's corner with tags , , , , on January 11, 2011 by Editors

We recently sat down with Theo Nestor, author of How to Sleep Alone in a King Size Bed and all around sharp cookie, to talk about Junk on her blog, Writing is My Drink. We discuss how the idea for the journal came about, where we want it to go, and many other interesting bits.

Here is a little taste:

Theo: I really like Holly’s piece about the addict being the noun and those around the addict being the adjectives and your piece about fatherhood. Have you found it challenging to be open about how addiction has impacted your life?  (One reason I ask is that I’ve also written about this topic for print but haven’t written about it online.  Online feels scary to me, like it’s forever and anyone can access it at anytime, which of course is also exciting.)

Holly: I find that, ironically, my self-esteem increases when I share who I am and where I have been, through my writing. When I am most honest about myself, a giddy sense of authenticity overtakes me. When I hide who I am and where I’ve been, I am safer from recrimination and criticism, but feel crippled by weakness and insecurity.

Check it out.

2010 in Review: Junk Blog Edition

Posted in editor's corner with tags , , , , on January 2, 2011 by Editors

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Minty-Fresh™.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

The Leaning Tower of Pisa has 296 steps to reach the top. This blog was viewed about 1,000 times in 2010. If those were steps, it would have climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa 3 times

In 2010, there were 21 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 18 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was November 22nd with 31 views. The most popular post that day was Junk Has Launched.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for augusten burroughs dry in pictures, augusten burroughs dry pictures apartment, elane johnson, augusten burroughs pighead pictures, and 12 step humor.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Junk Has Launched November 2010


Hooked? Tell the Truth: Junk, an Online Literary Journal for the Obsessive Beast in All of Us November 2010


Augusten Burroughs’ Dry: In Pictures March 2010


Take, Eat by Lee Martin March 2010
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Name a Substance More Harmful to Society Than Heroin or Crack? November 2010

Call for Submissions: Visual and Performance Memoir

Posted in editor's corner on December 4, 2010 by Holly Huckeba

Since Junk’s launch in November, we’re received a steady stream of submissions, and Tim and I are pleased to see some good, quality work. Next week, we’ll publish the first of our visual submissions, and we’re excited. Most of the work submitted to date has been prose, which is great, we love the written word—have no fear, writers! But we’d also like to put in a plug to visual and performance artists. We want to see your work!

We want photos, comics, paintings, drawings, performances, from people who are willing tell a story about their own addiction or the effect of addiction on them from someone else. Self-portraits can be revealing; a recent trip to a museum exhibit of Picasso’s work reminded us of this. One of our favorite visual artists, Cindy Sherman, combines storytelling, photography, and performance in an intriguing way. Or maybe you are a singer-songwriter with work you’d like to share to our audience—we watch YouTube, too.

You don’t have to be Picasso or Cindy Sherman to get our attention. We’re just trying to get YOUR attention. Submit!

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