literary journal webinar

March 4, 2021

If you’ve ever been curious about the daily functions of a literary journal and how the staff creates relationships with writers, tune in to the free webinar, Curating and Presenting Lasting Literature: WWU’s Bellingham Review.

Offered through a partnership with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Lecture Series and the WWU Alumni, the webinar begins at Noon on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Moderated by Marc Geisler, Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, featured speakers are Susanne Paola Antonetta, faculty editor-in chief, Jai Dulani, previous assistant managing editor and MFA graduate, and Stephen Haines, managing editor and MFA candidate.

Registration is required.

More about the Bellingham Review here.

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Thanks to Sheila Sondik for the heads up

You’re invited to celebrate the release of Willow Springs 87, which features poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and an interview with Jericho Brown. Founded in 1977 and produced within the The MFA at EWU, Willow Springs is published semi-annually in both print and digital format.

The online release party (free, of course) will be held this Saturday, March 6, 2021, starting at 5:00pm Pacific, on the EWU MFA Visiting Writers Series YouTube channel.

Mini Lit Fair – tomorrow!

February 19, 2021

The annual print journal Moss has rounded up literary organizations from across Cascadia to present a marathon of poetry, storytelling, and lyrical cinema, tomorrow, Saturday, February 20, 2021. Featured readers include (among many others) Jess Walter, Shelley Wong, Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, the Cadence: Video Poetry Festival, plus a panel discussion between publication editors and curators.

It’s all free. See the complete details here and register here.

Tuesday launch

December 28, 2020

The latest edition of Cirque Journal, Volume 11, Number 1, is now published and available in hard copy for purchase and digital, free online.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 29, 2020, a free online launch will include seven contributors from this issue as well as readings from the authors of two new Cirque Press books: Sandra Wassilie reading from The Dream that is Childhood and Sean Ulman reading from Seward Soundboard. Join the reading on Zoom at 6:00pm Alaska / 7:00pm Pacific with the passcode 1111.


May 18, 2020

In the midst of everything, the re-launch of a venerable but long-absent print literary journal may seem unlikely. But in fact, Northwest Review, which first saw publication in 1957 and went on hiatus in 2011, “is in the process of a rebrand, redesign, and relaunch: the journal will resume publication in the Fall.”

We are especially interested in writers and artists working near the artistic frontier of American literature; writers who have previously been rejected by mainstream for-profit publications such as The New Yorker, Harper’s, or The Atlantic, are especially encouraged to submit their work.

Is that you?

still ekphrastic

January 11, 2020

Poetry projects come and go, so it’s nice to see one that stays. We posted about Visual Verse back in 2017 (see that post here) and as of January 1, 2020, the project is still very much alive. The images posted each month are varied in style and subject, and the resulting online journal is robust and attractive. The guidelines are here. Try it out.

bye bye, Glimmer Train

October 11, 2019

And speaking of longevity… the Portland, Oregon, based literary fiction print journal Glimmer Train has been publishing (and paying writers) steadily since 1990. After nearly 30 years, Susan and Linda have published their final issue, number 106, and plan to “begin a new phase of our lives with our husbands and families — still sisters and next-door neighbors, still avid readers looking back in history and forward, wondering, and trying to figure out how we can best make ourselves useful in these strange times.”

We salute them for their vision and contribution. Thank you!

Visit the Glimmer Train website to learn more about the journal, current and past issues, and online resources.

sweet Clover

March 4, 2019

Clover, A Literary RagFor the last eight years, Clover: A Literary Rag has shown up, twice a year as if by magic, filled with poetry and prose, its ivory cover imprinted with a partial list of the Contents.

If Clover was initially hailed as a local publication, it reached far beyond its Bellingham roots to gain a far-flung and appreciative audience. We can only imagine the conversation between Mary Gillilan and Norman L. Green “under lamplight on the corner of Holly and Commercial Streets in Bellingham, Washington” that resulted in the launch of Clover, but we have all been the beneficiaries of their ambitious imaginations and ferocious hard work.

When Mary and Norman announced, at the February 24, 2019, Clover reading at Village Books, that Clover 16 would be the last volume, they were greeted with a stunned silence that, after a few words of explanation, turned to a standing ovation.

As poets, writers, and readers, we are deeply grateful to Mary and Norman for their vision, grace, good humor, and hard work — for turning our ragged words into a robust, handsome, and respected literary journal, sixteen times over.

Read Mary’s brief post on the closing of Clover here.

change is in the air

December 26, 2018

We’ve recently caught wind of some notable changes in the poetry and publishing world:

  • Glimmer Train has announced that its final issues will be Glimmer Train Stories (#106) and Writers Ask (#85), to be published in the fall of 2019.
  • The HerStories Project will stop publishing new stories in 2019, but will retain the website and keep the current material accessible.
  • Tin House Magazine will cease publication with it 20th Anniversary Issue, to be published in June 2019.
  • Whirlwind ended publication with its 12th issue in August of 2018.
  • At the Poetry Society of America (PSA), Alice Quinn will step down from her executive directorship in June after 18 years.

We are grateful for all that these people and publications have contributed to our literary lives.

(The trend is not reserved for poetry journals. Major periodicals, including Cooking Light and Glamour have also announced their intent to cease print publication or switch to occasional special-interest journals.)

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O, pen

February 18, 2018

Now and then we like to update you on poetry submission deadlines for Cascadia-based publications.
NOTE 1: This list does not include contests.
NOTE 2: This is not a list of all the literary publications in the region, only those with open or nearly-open submissions. To see more, see the NW lit scene links in the sidebar at right.
NOTE 3: Read the publication and read the guidelines before submitting. Please.

Here’s the latest:

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