Update: the work I submitted here is short-listed; the editors will determine the overall themes of the works they are interested in and then let us short-listed know if we will be published. I was not familiar that as a writer I would ever be told this, so this is interesting.
As I find new (to me) literary journals, I am delighted to find the absolute joy of language and belief in the power of poetry to be prevalent. The journals I am finding are truly labors of love, and the publishers and editors are publishing poetry because they love poetry, love language, and believe poetry is important. What a pleasant change of pace from the local, national, and world news, which is portraying a country and world in hate-filled crisis after crisis!
For example, I just had to submit some poems to Willowdown Books out of the UK: Willowdown Books.
Willowdown is sponsoring “The Poetic Bond VIII,” a bound poetic journal in autumn; submissions are due by the end of the day tomorrow here: The Poetic Bond.
So what creates a “poetic” bond? The publisher wants to create this bond by publishing poetry that is deeply connected with humanity, nature, and the universe.
You tell me, poets, if this isn’t the heart of poetry? Deep connections. Humanity. Nature. The universe.
Yes sirree. Sure is for me.
Plus the play and delight of language.
Have a look at the “poetic bond” and Willowdown Books.
Oh! For submitting, we got to pick a book out, sort of a thank you for submitting. This also shows support for the poets already published, so that’s a great idea.
Thanks for reading!