This is the first installment celebrating the publication successes of our VoiceCatcher authors. We hope you enjoy their work and find their comments on each publication helpful as you research where to send your own work. As soon as you are published, please let us know by using the format below, so we can include your success and any tips in a future posting. Email your information to editors(at)voicecatcher(dot)org and use the subject line: “I’m published.” (Note: Substitute the symbols “@” and “.” for (words) when you address your email, please.) – The Editors
From Shawn Aveningo, a globally published, award-winning poet who joins our community of authors with her poem “Binders Full of Women” in the Summer 2014 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions. She shares the creative life and a business – The Poetry Box – with her best friend and soul-mate. They have recently made Portland, Oregon their home.
Shawn’s Publications and Tips
“Thought Drops,” “American Cannibals,” “Poetically Opposed,” “Virtuoso” and “Crabgrass in Suburbia,” Whisperings Literary Journal (Volume 3 Issue 1) by Mountain Tales Press, March 2014.
Long response time (over 6 months), very professional and lovely publication. Complimentary contributor copy. Acceptance also automatically submits author for Ghost Mountain Award as well as consideration for inclusion in Mot Juste Series™ Anthologies.
“Shape of Your Mouth” was top ten (honorable mention) in the annual Benicia Love Poem Contest for 2014 and will be included in a chapbook.
“Black Widows & Divorce,” Napalm & Novocain, February 7, 2014.
Very quick response time (8 days), online version only. Editors very easy to work with.
“Saturday Morning at Starbucks,” Something Brewing, a coffee-themed anthology by Kind of Hurricane Press, May 2014.
Very easy publisher to work with, nice perfect bound anthologies, several themed submission opportunities throughout the year. Discounted contributor’s copy.
“Cancer Beetles,” “Blue Moon,” and “Shane’s Beach,” Boston Poetry Magazine (online only), Feb 16, 2014.
Quick response time (22 days), great for emerging/new writers. High acceptance rate.
“Post Divorce Tarot Reading: A Courtship Trifecta,” PoeticDiversity-Spring Issue, April 2014 (online).
Editor is very picky about submission guidelines, so read them carefully. Great diversity in work as well as a mix of established and emerging writers.
“Pie Filling” and “Mapping His Freckles,” Kentucky Review, April 2014.
New online literary journal. Both emerging and established writers. Great to work with.
“Runaway,” River Poets Journal Special Edition Anthology, May 2014. (Theme: The Last Time I Ran Away.)
Very easy to work with, however contributors must pay full price for print copy. No complimentary or discounted contributor’s copies.
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From Tricia Knoll, a VoiceCatcher journal contributor as well as one of our poetry mentors. Her chapbook Urban Wild was just released by Finishing Line Press.
Tricia’s Publications and Tips
“Leftover After Holidays,” Your Daily Poem.
A daily email from Your Daily Poem brings a poem to you – often family-centered. The editor wants seasonal material 4-6 months before the season.
“The Pulmonologist’s Office,” Chest Journal.
This medical journal of chest-related medical concerns wants topical poems. About nine months from submission to online publication.
“Paper Money and Snake Eyes,” Glass: A Journal of Poetry.
Good response times.
“The Reunion of the Pussy Riot Singers,” New Verse News.
New Verse News is a great outlet for poetic reactions to today’s news. James Penha, the editor, is a delight to work with.
“Wahclella Falls,” Cascadia Review.
Be sure to read submission guidelines carefully to understand how the Review works.
“Demise of the Monarch,” New Verse News.
“With Me, Please,” Antiphon.
A British journal that seems to want lyric poetry.
“River Hair,” Muddy River Poetry Review.
A few years ago this journal was happy to publish one of my first online poems.
“The Shawl in My Closet,” Wolf Willow Journal.
A relatively new online journal out of Saskatchewan. Nice art and feeling to the site.
“Crabby Apples,” Trivia: The Voice of Feminism, June 2014.
Read the journal’s explanation for its title. Journal asks for a MP3 after acceptance to post with the poem so people hear the author reading, but this isn’t required.
“When We Crack, Let’s Do It Together,” Trivia: The Voices of Feminism.
“My Memory Stick,” Cattails, Spring 2014.
A journal of haiku, tanka, and haibun. Nice folks to work with.
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From Carolyn Martin, president of VoiceCatcher and managing editor of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions, Summer 2014.
Carolyn’s Publications and Tips
“Testimony,” Persimmon Tree, Winter 2014.
A publication focusing on women over sixty-years-old. Holds regional contests.
“The long trip here,” Mojave River Review, Winter 2014, p. 59.
A new journal out of southern California. Editor very easy to work with.
“In the made and raw,” Poetry Pacific.
A new Canadian publication that accepts reprints.
“Search for the ‘Lord God’ Bird,” Belle Reve Literary Journal, Spring 2014, p. 16.
This publication publishes Southern authors or Southern-focused work. They also take reprints.
“Storm Advisory,” Spark: A Creative Anthology, Vol. V
Check out this anthology’s series of contests. They are free to enter and the prizes are substantial. Winning does not automatically mean publication in their print anthologies. That requires a direct submission.
“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” “A sonnet to plotting amateurs,” “Your party invitation just arrived,” Antiphon, Summer 2014.
A British publication eager to reach across the pond for poetry. Another unique site. Thanks to Tricia Knoll for alerting me to this journal.
“Taking stock,” Star 82 Review, Summer 2014.
Literally, an overnight acceptance. Very eclectic site with a delightful editor. Each online issue is simultaneously printed in a slender, good-looking volume available on Amazon.
“Mary winds down the day,” Knotted Bond: Oregon Poets Speak of Their Sisters, edited by Liz Nakazawa. (Uttered Chaos Press, 2014). Available on Amazon.
An anthology of poems about the complicated relationships between sisters. Included are poems by VoiceCatcher authors Diane Averill, Margaret Chula, Cindy Williams Gutiérrez, Lisa Maier and Penelope Scambly Schott.
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