Former Stone Soup Author Starts Her Own Magazine

Stone Soup Editors' Notes  /   /  By Gerry Mandel
Stone Soup Magazine
July/August 2017

Did you ever dream of starting your own literary magazine? Former Stone Soup contributor Madelyne Xiao, whose story “Mung Bean Noodles and French Bread” appeared in the May/June 2010 issue of Stone Soup, is making her dream a reality with the founding of a literary magazine for creative high school students (ages 13 to 19) called Vademecum. The editors are seeking submissions of poetry, photography, essays, and prose for their inaugural issue.

Madelyne, now a junior in high school, says, “Thanks to Stone Soup, I was exposed to the wonderful, rough-and-tumble world of literary magazines from an early age — an exposure that, I feel, has only increased my fervor for the written word. During my sophomore year, as I went about submitting various poems and short stories to high school literary magazines, I found that there was a dearth of true print publications. Most of the publications I came across had been discontinued after a few experimental issues or were low quality e-zines. Few publications had the quality of, well, Stone Soup. And I thought that was something I could amend.”

Madelyne hopes to publish the inaugural issue of her quarterly magazine in Summer 2013.  Visit the Vademecum website to learn more about the magazine, how to contribute your work, and how to subscribe. We wish Madelyne the very best of luck!

Gerry Mandel
About the Author

Back in 1973, I was one of the group of UC Santa Cruz students who put together the early issues of Stone Soup. It was my great pleasure to work on the magazine until I retired in 2017.

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  1. Alex Banx October 10, 2012 at 6:14 am Reply

    That is really cool! I’m so glad that Stone Soup can really inspire people to do such things! Thank you!

  2. Sophia Harne November 10, 2012 at 6:06 pm Reply

    That is so cool! I have my own magazine as well. If you would like to contact me about my magazine, please email me at

  3. Lee Ann Huang December 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm Reply

    cool! That is so awesome!

  4. Emma May 31, 2013 at 11:21 am Reply

    That is so inspiring! I will certainly be checking it out and hopefully submitting! Thanks, Stone Soup!

  5. Sophia November 5, 2013 at 11:09 am Reply

    Check out my Magazine for younger kids at…

  6. Gabriella May 23, 2014 at 7:06 am Reply

    You inspired Me!
    If you know anyone who’s interested in being an editor for my new e-magazine, please contact me 🙂

  7. Gabriella May 23, 2014 at 7:08 am Reply

    (Mother Goose is the magazine’s name)

  8. Gabriella May 27, 2014 at 8:58 am Reply

    Changed it! It’s now The young writers journal

  9. Brooklynn January 10, 2015 at 4:48 pm Reply

    I would love to create my own magazine but unfortunately I cant I think it is awesome that others can and I am happy for them

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