A quick note to say our current window for submissions is still open, and will be until 30th June. We expect to get back to people with our decision by around 10th July (yes, we work fast) and be selecting around 20-25 poems to publish in the second part of July and throughout August. Thereafter we will revert to monthly submission windows, publishing 10 – 15 poems each month.
We have already had many lovely emails regarding our return, which is very heartening.
“…your publication was one of the very few around who managed to find space for pieces with a little wry or dark humour in them.”
“…it feels good to be sending you poems for your consideration again.”
“Really happy to see your journal up and running again.”
“I was so pleased to see that you’ve opened up your submissions again as I’ve enjoyed the work you publish and was hoping to have another chance to send you some of my work.”
“It’s so good to have you back.”
One bit of unfinished business from before our hiatus is the announcement of the winning Editor’s Choice Poem from January and February this year. This was selected by our guest judge
Joan Hunter Antony Dunn
His winning choice was:
How to be Deposed – by Elya Braden
Antony offered the following comment:
“This is a timely and very troubling poem. It achieves a rare balance somewhere between narrative clarity and mystery. It gives us enough to intrigue and compel us, but not so much that it renders itself uninteresting. It’s unusual – which, in itself, is something of a virtue. The calmness of the tone beautifully belies the violence and unpredictability of the proposed events and relationships. Its jumpy, distracted, almost-confused point of view paints a vivid picture of a mind and body in crisis, on the edge of a full-blown incident. Its narrator unable to be sure about facts, her voice conjuring the idea of her reeling around in a witness-box fog. But it’s also an elegant poem, untroubled by cliche, which never trips over its own rhythms. Ultimately, it’s an enormously powerful poem in its vulnerability. It’s very impressive.”
A quick mention that the extended submission window for our re-launch is still open, closing on 30th June. Please keep them coming – we are looking to have a strong re-entry to the poetic atmosphere without a parachute.