Jacket (magazine)

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Type of site
Online magazine
Available in English
Owner University of Pennsylvania
Website http://jacket2.org/
Launched October 1997
Current status now published as Jacket2

Jacket (now published as Jacket2) is an online literary periodical, which was founded by the Australian poet John Tranter. The first issue was in October 1997.[1]

Until 2010, each new number of the magazine was posted at the Web site piece by piece until the new issue was full, when the next issue started. Past issues remain posted as well. Most of the material was original to the magazine, "but some is excerpted from or co-produced with hard-to-get books and magazines, partly to help them find new readers", according to the Jacket website.

Peter Forbes called Jacket the "prince of online poetry magazines".[2] After the 40th volume, Tranter gave the magazine to the University of Pennsylvania in 2010, where it is published with an augmented staff and resources at the Kelly Writers House.[3][4]


  • Best of the Net award from the (Poetry) Mining Company in New York in December 1997.
  • Site of the Month at the Electronic Poetry Center site in Buffalo, New York, in November 1997 and December 1999
  • Recommended Site in the Web Del Sol Literary Ring site for Poetry in December 1997
  • Featured Site on the Booksmith Bookstore’s "Literary Links" site in San Francisco, April 1998,
  • "Page One Award" site on the Fiction Webring in 1999
  • Encyclopædia Britannica Internet Guide Award site, January 2000

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Top 50 Literary Magazines and Metazines". Web Del Sol. Retrieved February 10, 2016. 
  2. ^ Peter Forbes (6 June 2002) Working the web: Poetry, in The Guardian. Retrieved December 13, 2006.
  3. ^ "About us". Jacket2. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Jacket Homepage". Jacketmagazine.com. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 

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