Create Something


Kurt Vonnegut wrote of creative expression:

“The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”

So tell us a story or write us a poem, even a lousy one, as long as it makes life on this great big spinning rock a bit more bearable.

Check out our guidelines for submission in “Submission Spark” over in the left margin there and send submissions to Thanks.

– NR


Submission Spark


We are now accepting submissions for our first issue!

Basic Submission Guidelines:

Submit 1-2 fiction/nonfiction prose pieces (maximum 10,000 words total) or 1-5 poems (maximum 100 lines total). Unless it changes the intent of the piece, all work should be double-spaced, left-aligned and 12-point, Times New Roman font. Besides seeking honest and high-quality work, we have no specific guidelines for style or subject matter.

All submissions should be sent in .doc or .docx file format to The deadline for consideration for our first issue is June 23rd, 2014, which marks the traditional beginning of sobotka celebrations.

We will confirm reception of submissions by email as soon as we receive them, and hope to notify all selected authors by June 30th of their inclusion in the issue. At that point, we will return manuscripts digitally with any suggested edits for consideration from the authors before moving forward with publication.

If everything runs smoothly, we hope to have the inaugural issue of Sobotka available in print and PDF by August 2014.

Thanks for all the initial support and we look forward to reading some great creative writing in the coming weeks!

Brief Flames


David Foster Wallace said of fiction:

“There’s a kind of Ah-ha! Somebody at least for a moment feels about something or sees something the way that I do. It doesn’t happen all the time. It’s these brief flashes or flames, but I get that sometimes. I feel unalone – intellectually, emotionally, spiritually. I feel human and unalone and that I’m in a deep, significant conversation with another consciousness in fiction and poetry in a way that I don’t with other art.”

This type of human connection is what pushes to write and read, and the possibility of providing people with those same transient flames of unaloneness is what inspired us to do our own magazine.

Excited to see what people have to offer over the next couple of months. Submissions start tomorrow at and will likely continue through midsummer, depending on the volume of submissions we receive. More details regarding word count preferences, format of documents and other elements of the Sobotka coming tomorrow.

Thanks for all the initial support and I really look forward to reading some pieces that make me feel a bit more human and unalone over the coming weeks and months.

– NR





This is the official website of Sobotka Literary Magazine!

We are a brand new literary publication interested in submissions of poetry and short fiction that ignite both the author and the audience. We aren’t so much worried about word count or line spacing as we are sharp, quality writing. Regardless of form or focus, we just want to feel your words in our bones.

We will begin accepting submissions for our inaugural issue on Monday, April 28th. Please send all submissions to

Visit us on Facebook to stay updated or just shoot the spit with us.

Thanks for your interest in our magazine and here’s to hoping our tiny match-flame can grow into a beautiful bonfire.

Nick Rossi and Kathy Klimentowski
“Feel It In Your Bones”

Sobotka is the screaming brainchild of two humans from Illinois, USA.

Sobotka is the Polish word for “bonfire.” Bonfire literally means “bone fire” or “a fire of bones” in the English language, but has become synonymous with people conversing and connecting in a warm light of their own creation, safe from the darkness that surrounds them.

At Sobotka, we believe that authentic, inspiring writing comes from the need of the individual to express something felt deeply, as if in the bones, as well as the desire to share that burning feeling with others.

Ultimately, great literature results from, and serves as, a bonfire.