The Continental Literary Magazine

Budapest, Hungary

Connecting continents, this high-quality English-language international quarterly is classy, edgy and Central European. 

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On stands now: 

YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL – Vol. 02 Issue 01 

Upcoming issues:     

FUTURE – May 2023
BEAST – August 2023
GROTESQUE – November 2023
BORDERS – January 2024

Genre: Literary Quarterly Magazine
Publisher: Petőfi Cultural Agency / Petőfi Ügynökség Nonprofit Zrt. 
Page Count: 208
Format: Bookazine
ISSN: 2786-2844
$24.99/issue; $89.90 annual print subscription that includes the digital product as well (+40 USD postage); online only subscription $59.90 USD

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The Continental Literary Magazine is a high-quality, beautifully-produced international literary quarterly in which pop culture meets high art. 

Classy, edgy and Central European, this English-language magazine features fiction, nonfiction, interviews, poetry, photography, painting and more. Launched in late 2021, it serves as a shared platform providing a space for American writers, intellectuals, and other creatives to exchange ideas with their Central and Eastern European counterparts. 

Each luxurious issue of The Continental Literary Magazine is focused on a different theme. Motifs have included youth and beauty, cravings, prejudice, faith, and noir; upcoming issues will explore, broadly, the concepts of beasts, the future, the grotesque, and borders. The rich array of content runs the gamut from an essay on “Big Brother” as an example of American societal rot to a Slovak police procedural crime fiction short story to beautifully produced pages of oil on canvas works from a Hungarian Artist of Merit.

American contributors and interview subjects have included New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay; linguist and activist Noam Chomsky; commentator Fran Lebowitz; music journalist Legs McNeil; Democratic Presidential aspirant Marianne Williamson; and filmmaker Abel Ferrara. International contributors have included the award-winning young art photographer Flóra Borsi (Hungary); the internationally recognized hyperrealist painter, István Nyári (Hungary); the iconic portrait photographer Tony Notarberardino (Australia); and the award-winning Ukrainian poet Iya Kiva.

Sophisticated, stylish, and cool, this substantive periodical (winner of the Silver Award for Print Editorial category at the prestigious 2022 International Design Awards) looks like a high-end book series on your shelf with issues that can either be devoured in one sitting or read in short segments as the mood strikes. 

The Continental Literary Magazine provides a distinctive reading experience for people who enjoy publications such as The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The New York Review of Books, The Nonconformist, The Atlantic and Interview magazine–but in a book-bound format. It is available across the United States at Barnes & Noble and Books-a-Million (BAM!) bookstores with additional North American distribution forthcoming; readers can also subscribe or buy single issues online.


Sándor Jászberényi is a storyteller, journalist, and the founding editor and editor-in-chief of The Continental Literary Magazine. He divides his time between Budapest and Cairo.

He is the author of two acclaimed short story collections, The Devil is a Black Dog and The Most Beautiful Night of the Soul, which won Hungary’s Libri Literary Prize. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times Magazine, AGNI, the Brooklyn Rail and many other publications. 

As a correspondent and photojournalist for Hungarian news sites, Sándor has covered unrest in Ukraine, the conflict with Islamic State, the revolutions in Egypt and Libya, and the Gaza War. 

The dichotomy of his fiction and poetry writing and his war journalism mirrors the blend of literature and nonfiction found in The Continental Literary Magazine, demonstrating how common themes about humanity can be found in many forms of expression and documentation.


  • The role of the literary magazine in society. 
  • The process of bringing together the works of authors socialized in different cultures.
  • Closing the distance between the culture of America and Europe through topics of tremendous significance.
  • How authors can express their diverse thoughts and emotions exploring issue themes like youth and beauty, cravings, prejudice, faith, noir, beasts, and the future.
  • Why it makes creative and intellectual sense to feature contributors like music journalists and presidential aspirants in the same space as novelists and poets.
  • Is it a book or a magazine? The unique merge of a book’s appearance and a literary magazine’s content. 
  • How does contemporary Central European literature reach the United States?



  • Pride Month
  • National Crime Reading Month
  • Father’s Day - gift guides


  • International Zine Month
  • International Peace & Love Day - July 7
  • One Voice Day - July 26 
  • Paperback Book Day - July 30


  • National Bad Poetry Day - Aug 18 
  • National Photography Day - Aug 19
  • Hungary National Day - Aug 20


  • Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month 
  • Read a New Book Month 
  • International Literacy Day - Sept 8
  • International Peace Day - Sept 21


  • National Book Month
  • Global Diversity Awareness Month
  • International Artist Day - Oct 25


  1. What was the inspiration behind creating this unique literary magazine?
  2. Your magazine has been described as “a literary dialogue between two continents.” What do you mean by that? 
  3. How do the editors select the right mix of contributors for each issue?
  4. Is it possible to connect continents through literature?
  5. What would you say makes The Continental Literary Magazine different from other periodicals? What does it bring to an American reader that they don’t find elsewhere? 
  6. Themes covered in issues so far have included beauty and prejudice. What is the process behind choosing your themes and what do you think makes for a strong one? 
  7. How can cultures learn from each other through literature?
  8. Why do you think integrating different forms of creative and intellectual expression (art next to interview, fiction next to photography) into one magazine makes sense?
  9. What is the core message of the magazine as a whole?


Pub Date: May 17, 2022
Genre: Memoir / Christian Inspirational
Publisher: She Writes Press
Page Count: 304
ISBN: 978-1647429003
Price: $15.99



In the age of social media, what does it mean to connect through a hand-written letter?


True Story: When Amy Daughters reconnected with her former friend from camp decades ago, Dana, via Facebook, she had no idea how it would change her life. Through social media, Amy learned Dana’s son Parker was at St. Jude battling cancer–devastating news, but what else do you do besides comment an “I’m so sorry,” nowadays? 


But more than a comment happened, Amy woke up in the middle of the night and felt called in a way she couldn’t fully explain to write handwritten letters to Dana–someone who through time and distance, had become nothing more than several hundred other faces on her Facebook account. 


When Parker died, Amy, not knowing what else to do, continued to write Dana. Eventually, Dana wrote back, and the two became pen pals, sharing things through the mail that they had never shared before. The richness of the experience left Amy wondering something: If my life could be so changed by someone I considered “just a Facebook friend,” what would happen if I wrote all my Facebook friends a letter?


A staggering 580 handwritten letters later Amy’s life would never be the same. As it turned out, there were actual individuals living very real lives behind each social media profile, and she was beautifully connected to each of those extraordinary, very real people.



A native Houstonian and a graduate of The Texas Tech University, Amy W. Daughters has been a freelance writer for more than a decade — mostly covering college football and sometimes talking about her feelings. Her debut novel, You Cannot Mess This Up: A True Story That Never Happened (She Writes Press, 2019), was selected as the Silver Winner for Humor in the 2019 Foreword INDIES and the Overall Winner for Humor/Comedy in the 2020 Next Generation Indie Awards. An amateur historian, hack golfer, charlatan fashion model, and regular on the ribbon dancing circuit, Amy — a proud former resident of Blackwell, England, and Dayton, Ohio currently lives in Tomball, Texas, a suburb of Houston. She is married to a foxy computer person, Willie, and is the lucky mother of two amazing sons, Will and Matthew.



  • Lost Art of Letter Writing – The deliberateness of a letter, honest, believable and genuine, more than Social Media could ever be. Bringing back the beautiful connection of a hand-written letter. 
  • How can we teach our younger generation to value a pen & stationery? 
  • The stages of grief and how to remain a constant and connected friend experiencing the grieving process.
  • The power of prayer and finding purpose.
  • The evolution of friendships and connections due to social media.
  • Work from home and the disconnect it creates–how letter writing can bring back more meaningful relationships.
  • Women in Sports – Amy is a decades long sportswriter–a position with its own trials and tribulations as a woman in a male-dominated field. 




  • Read a New Book Month
  • National Letter Writing Day – December 7
  • National Christmas Card Day – December 9


  • Self-Love Month
  • Universal Letter Writing Week – Jan 8-14
  • Hunt for Happiness Week – Jan 15-21


  • International Boost Self Esteem Month – February


  • Month of Hope; Day of Hope –  April 5
  • World Health Day – April 7
  • Tell a Story –  April 27
  • Trauma Awareness Month – May



“Dear Dana is an inspirational memoir about caring for friends near and far by reviving a lost art.” — Foreword Reviews


“. . . a captivating study regarding writing letters to friends and rethinking how people successfully bond in the modern world. An intriguing and inspiring exploration of different forms of communication.”— Kirkus Reviews


“This is a book for anyone who wonders about the differences between a Facebook friend and a Real-Life friend and who yearns to see a person’s real life behind their Facebook image. It is also about the power of prayer and the abundance of kindness in our world. But ultimately, it’s about connection and how we are all connected when we come from love.”    — Rivvy Neshama, author of Recipes for a Sacred Life: True Stories and a Few Miracles


“Captivating . . . I laughed and I cried as I followed the pleasures of real mail, and the lesson hit home: Whether written or spoken, our words matter. They have the power to illuminate someone’s darkest day.” — Laurie Buchanan, PhD, author of Note to Self: A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth and The Business of Being: Soul Purpose In and Out of the Workplace