In just a few months, they have designed the website, solicited submissions, and worked out the other logistics of running an online magazine. They set a goal to complete their editorial work within ten days from the start of their second residency and to get the first content online at the closing ceremony. And with a growing editorial staff of new students they took these challenges head-on as they worked together in committee to finalize the launch of the brand new site: Tampa Review Online, or as we’ve nicknamed it—TROn.
At the helm of this launch are co-editors Andy Taylor and Bradley Woodrum, a poet and a fiction writer, who have coordinated the editorial contents while finessing the technical aspects of the website by developing an advanced custom WordPress template.
What sets TROn apart from the print version of Tampa Review?
TROn Editors: We are able to offer a space for all digital artistic mediums. We publish different content, without the page limits of the printed journal. And whereas the Tampa Review publishes bi-annually, TROn endeavors to publish bi-monthly in much smaller batches. We believe the variety and timing are more in line with an internet audience.
What sets TROn apart from other online literary journals?
TROn Editors: Many online journals still adhere to a print schedule because they’ve come out of the print world. We were born into the online world, and therefore we are not locked into a rigid publishing schedule. Also, as a new publication, we have the openness of an organization that has not established a predominant voice. We aim to accept artists of all aesthetic values and levels of notoriety.
What were some of the obstacles of design, launch, & overall process?
TROn Editors: Given our ambitious launch date, we had six months to design and build a website, define our online identity, and solicit and process submissions. We can’t speak highly enough of our editors. We had a difficult time coordinating the project while we were spread out across the US. It took many late-night emails and much group discussion, but we made it.
When does TROn launch officially?
TROn Editors: Right now!