Split Lip Says: Read The Account Magazine

by J. Scott Bugher

Here's the skinny, people. I was browsing a list of journals online and found one called The Account Magazine. It was noted as issue 1, so I'm thinking: "God, another twerp has created another Wordpressaccount and launched another journal." So I opened the link with a pessimistic mindset only to be slugged to the face by an array of brilliant featured writers: Mary Biddinger, Jared Yates Sexton, Jon Tribble all in the company of new folks I had yet to read. Simply put, I was awestruck.
The aesthetic is soft and pleasing to the eye. It is quiet and balanced, minimal as a Rothko. They begin the issue in a visual manner by featuring a slideshow of the issue's artwork. Continuing down the lineage is the table of contents, clear and concise. Once a story or poem is opened, the piece appears without any noise or clutter, which makes for a focused reading experience. Each piece is then capped with the writer's account of the story, a blurb about the piece itself mingled with the author's creative process. It is a concept reminiscent of another favorite of ours, The Baltimore Review. It is a concept that, hell, we at Split Lip might have to give a try.
I chatted with head editor Tyler Mills and asked her to offer us a few things to discuss about the journal, and she graciously provided us with some information to pass on to you. So why don't you––after reading Split Lip's Issue 9––head over and give The Account a read
HERE. You will not be disappointed. 

About The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought


The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought is a journal of new writing, criticism, and art. Our first issue debuted in October 2013, on the eve of Halloween. 


The eve of Halloween is known as “mischief night” in some towns. We like the idea of causing a little bit of mischief, of rocking the boat.


We are all writers and scholars based in Chicago. The Account originated late one evening at a bar in Logan Square. We wondered, what conversations might arise when writers are invited to talk about their work, and when these reflections are cared for, and then published along with their pieces?


This magazine strives to answer this question, in new and challenging ways, with each issue.


account =  history, sketch, marker, repository of influences


An account of a specific work traces its arc—through texts and world—while giving voice to the artist’s approach. The literary/art market’s tidal wave can tend to engulf the maker’s account of the work. We believe that an account can restore the relationship between artist and aesthetic.


In our first issue, you will find art by Kelda Martensen; poetry by Mary Biddinger, David Kirby, Karen An-hwei Lee, Sandra Lim, Stanley Plumly, Evie Shockley, Jon Tribble, and Valerie Wetlaufer; criticism by Jen Hedler Phillis; fiction by Davis Schneiderman and Jared Yates Sexton; and nonfiction by Nicole Walker.


We are looking for daring work. We want to see language that does something new. We are open to any aesthetic. 

Submission Information 


Please review The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought submission guidelines for poetry, fiction, and nonfiction on Submittable.


Follow The Account on twitter: @TheAccountMag


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Tyler Mills, Editor-in-Chief 


Tyler Mills is a poet and essayist whose fields of interest include myth and genre, theories of the lyric, and contemporary poetry. She is the author of Tongue Lyre, winner of the 2011 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award (SIU Press 2013). Her poetry has been featured or is forthcoming in the Believer, the Boston Review, Georgia Review, and elsewhere, and her prose has appeared in the Collagist, Jacket2, and the Writer’s Chronicle.

"Under the editorial vision of Tyler Mills, the first issue of The Account dazzles readers with an elegant layout design and overall conceptual sophistication. My correspondence with and the poetry editor, Brianna Noll, is a joyful expedition. I affirm the comaraderie of the editorial board and its willingnenss to take risks by selecting challenging works. What a marvelous journal of contemporary poetry and thought."

–– Karen An-hwei Lee




Brianna Noll, Poetry Editor

Brianna Noll is a poet who lives and writes in Chicago. Her creative and critical interests include the intersection of the lyric and the fantastic, forms of lyric subjectivity & Japanese language and literature. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in the Kenyon Review Online, Salt Hill, Poet Lore, The Missouri Review, Hayden's Ferry Review & others.


Jessica Berger, Fiction Editor

Jessica Berger is a fiction writer and occasional critic whose work has appeared in Pank, The &Now Awards: The Best Innovative Writing, Metazen, and elsewhere.  Her fields of interest include experimental fiction, the place where realism blurs with the speculative, and all things cinematic.

Brooke Wonders, CNF Editor 

Brooke Wonders is a writer, critic and editor whose fields of interest include experimental nonfiction and speculative fiction.  Her prose has appeared in The Collagist, Brevity: A Journal of Concise Nonfiction, Clarkesworld, and elsewhere.  She lives in Chicago and blogs HERE.


Chris Bryson, Fiction Editor

Chris Bryson is a graduate of Southern Illinois University where he received his M.F.A. in Fiction and worked as an Assistant Editor for The Crab Orchard Review. Publications include The Madison Review,  Narrative Magazine & others. He is currently a Consulting Editor for Narrative Magazine.

“Our prose editors are looking for work that takes a critical stance on this contemporary moment. For instance, in issue one, Davis Schneiderman’s [SIC] project argues that copyright law is making us [sic].  Nicole Walker’s microessays are playful meditations on the ascendancy of flash-everything.  Jared Sexton’s story ends on an arresting image that alters how we read everything that’s come before.  Our upcoming issue will feature work by Rebecca Adams Wright that explores the nature and limits of science fiction.  You won’t want to miss it.”

–– Brooke Wonders, Nonfiction Editor

Annah Browning, Art Editor

Annah Browning was born and raised in upstate South Carolina. A graduate of The College of Charleston (B.A., Studio Art and English) & Washington University in St. Louis (M.F.A., poetry), she currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. Her poems have appeared in Kenyon Review Online, DIAGRAM, The Southeast Review, Nashville Review, The Bellingham Review & elsewhere. Her chapbook The Marriage is available from Horse Less Press.

"What I love about The Account is that I get a chance as a writer to express to my intentions or the genesis of my piece, which is fortunate because, as a reader, I'm always left, after digesting a well-manicured story, wondering just how it came about. In that way, The Account is serving a much-needed role in pulling back the curtain dividing those two necessary roles."

–– Jared Yates Sexton