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P.O. Box 1333
Merchantville NJ 08109, USA
An Annual Literary Magazine
"Hinc ad Tarpeiam sedem et Capitolia ducit aurea nunc,
olim siluestribus horrida dumis."
viii, l. 347-8
Rising from the past like an avenging angel, The Tarpeian Rock is back after a hiatus of five years. You may remember the The Tarpeian Rock as the bane of post-modernists, profligates, and purveyors of literary and artistic stultiloquy everywhere. For too long, mediocrity, absurdity, and obscenity have dominated the worlds of art and literature. Inspired by a satanic vocation, the enlightened experts have spent the last hundred years or so declaring the beautiful trite, and the ugly transcendent. And what do we have to show for this century of confusion? Piles of rusting metal that some consider sculpture; Meaningless novels which celebrate moral and cultural relativism; Poetry that is nothing but flaccid prose with bad line breaks; The expurgation of God from public discourse except as an object of criticism. The finest galleries house art that could easily be replicated by a troubled five year-old. Everywhere there is an infantile obsession with pornographic titillation.
In this milieu, The Tarpeian Rock provides a welcome counter-punch. This is a magazine that discerning readers enjoy and yet feel comfortable leaving on the coffee table where their kids might see it. Called "the work of a coterie of committed and practiced writers" by Literary Magazine Review, The Tarpeian Rock includes works both sober and humorous. Clever short stories are featured alongside insightful opinion pieces with the main theme being an appreciation for God, country, and traditional values. Pieces that extol a particular virtue, like faith, courage, loyalty, honesty, love, hope, or compassion are particularly welcomed. Also satirical pieces that really take the gloves off in attacking relativism, nihilism, pseudoscience, political correctness, or cultural vulgarity are given pride of place.
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Submit your work to The Tarpeian Rock
Think your work is good enough to make the cut? The Tarpeian Rock is actively seeking high-quality, previously unpublished submissions for our next issue. The submission deadline is January 31. We are specifically looking for the following:
The editors reserve the right to reject submissions for any reason. The most common reasons for rejection include: Unacceptable writing quality; obscene or vulgar content; anti-Christian themes.
Send submissions and queries to: intern(at)arxpub.com
Young Writers Contest
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The 2015 issue
Order a copy of the 2015 issue for $5.00 (+$3.00 shipping)
the 2015 issue...
Bearer of a Thousand Wounds
A Cretaceous Carol
The Knight and the Flaming Arrow
the 2009 issue...
We Must Follow
They Know Not What They Do
the 2008 issue...
the 2007 issue...
The Curse of Borello
the 2006 issue...
If Bigfoot Could Vote
the 2005 issue...
People Don't Write That Way Anymore
the 2004 issue...
Over the Target
the 2003 issue...
The First Attack that United the World
From 2003 through 2007, The Tarpeian Rock was produced at letter-size (8.5x11). Due to postal rate increases and other convenience factors, the magazine has changed to digest-size (5.5x8.5) for 2008 and following.
As of the 2008 issue, The Tarpeian Rock no longer accepts advertisements. Thanks to our previous sponsors for helping us get things off the ground!